Revel Pucks Review

Arrival – I arrived at the Revel Pucks Circus gates just before opening. As advertised they were promptly opened 30 mins before the show. I was greeted by a member of the crew with a smile. They scanned my ticket and directed me to the bar and tent where I was told that I could take my seat when ready. …

Transferable Patterns, Stability, and Learning

In the past year, we’ve seen the world records for both eight balls and eight clubs broken, records set by Anthony Gatto in async fountain and standing since 2006. Both were broken in forms of the half-shower. There are a few different patterns that could be called a half-shower. The most basic is a normal cascade in outside-throw/inside-throw, but this …

Review of Wes Peden’s Rollercoaster at IJA 76

His name is Wes. He likes pretzels. And his juggling is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Part contemporary circus show, part tribute to thrill rides, and entirely an exploration of objects and their possibilities, Wes Peden performed his solo juggling show Rollercoaster twice on Friday, July 21st at the 76th annual IJA festival in South Bend, Indiana. Upon entering the …

DIABOLO RESEARCH SERIAL (2)-MULTIMEDIA APPLICATIONS(多媒體應用)

With the significant evolution of digital techniques, applications of multimedia to diabolo tutoring and performances are escalating. Technologies are extensively utilised in classrooms and on stages. The more knowledge and techniques about multimedia one can get, the better effects and feedback will come up for diabolo presentations. Tsai (2004) employed the experimental method to investigate effects of instructional media on …

DIABOLO RESEARCH SERIAL (1)-MOTIVATION FOR ENGAGEMENT(參與動機)

This research serial aims to introduce, compare and analyse the master’s theses relevant to diabolo research in Taiwan. Some of the significant theses from respective disciplines are cited here as examples for cross- comparison and analysis. All the participants, interviewees and testees were volunteers and their names remained anonymous in theses for the purposes of privacy and research ethics. Most …

Diabolo Research in Taiwan (台灣的扯鈴研究)

Since diabolo being officially acknowledged as one of the major folk sports by Taiwan’s government in 1983, it has been promoted in schools as part of the curriculum for physical education and therefore been partially subsidised by the government. Such trend also triggered the academic research on diabolo from different perspectives in terms of its history, techniques, curriculum designs, methods …

Diabolo Promoter at Southern Taiwan – Diabolo Association Kaohsiung (高雄市扯鈴協會)

Established in 2007, the non-profit organization was launched at the charming harbour city of southern Taiwan – Kaohsiung. Aims of the Association are to promote the culture and significance of diabolo by way of training, tutorials, workshops, grading tests, competitions, performances as well as research. The members participated and performed in numerous festivals and carnivals of celebrations, arts and religions. …

Earliest Record of Diabolo in the Chinese Classic – 帝京景物略

楊柳兒活,抽陀螺。楊柳兒青,放空鐘。楊柳兒死,踢毽子。… 空鐘者,刳木中空,旁口,蕩以瀝青,卓地如仰鐘,而柄其上之平。別一繩繞其柄,別一竹尺有孔,度其繩而抵格空鐘,繩勒右卻,竹勒左卻。一勒,空鐘轟而疾轉,大者聲鐘,小亦蛣蜣飛聲,一鐘聲歇時乃已。制徑寸至八九寸。其放之,一人至三人。 -《帝京景物略.卷二.春場》/ 劉侗、于奕正合著 (1635年/明朝崇禎八年) “Whipping the top in the time willows revive; Playing the diabolo in the time willows green; Kicking the shuttlecock in the time willows wither.” – Imperial Capital Guidebook (1635 A.D.), Volume 2/ (all quotations were translated by Mark Tsai) The outset of diabolo initially came up in the officially acknowledged Chinese Classic named “Imperial Capital …

The ABC Tour, A Juggler’s Journey Through an Alphabet of Venues

  By Kimzyn Campbell Jon Udry had an idea that dogged him–a creative itch you might say. Jugglers get these ideas from time to time and they can lead to many things, innovation in patterns, in prop design, or in Udry’s case, wrangling a juggling tour of 26 venues using the inspiration of the alphabet to guide him. It took …