Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Tag, You’re It!

One of the biggest differences between amateur joke tellers and professional comedians is their use of tags. A tag, also called a “capper,” “topper,” “kicker,” or “follow up,” is a gag that uses the previous joke as its setup. Tags are one of the most powerful weapons in your comedy arsenal because it’s easier to keep an audience laughing than …

IJA Challenge – Shortest Object Balanced on One Finger

Hello, and thanks for coming to the IJA Challenge! The IJA Challenge is a monthly video contest put forth to the juggling community, in which anyone with a video camera to record an attempt with compete for a juggling/manipulation based world record set by Richard Kohut, the winners of which receive prizes for their achievement in breaking or tying his …

Message from the Chair, March 2013

Let me start off with a piece of mildly interesting trivia, so I can give you the answer at the end: without looking at our roster, which 3 states in the United States have the most IJA members as of our last published roster? We meet again. There isn’t necessarily a lot of news to share with you, but some …

Countdown To IJA Festival!

66th Annual IJA Juggling Festival July 15-21, 2013 ● Bowling Green ● Ohio ● USA Confirmed Performers: Jeton the Gentleman Juggler, Steven Ragatz, Rob Torres, Jay Gilligan, Thomas Dietz, Svetlana Zueva Early Bird Registration: now through April 20. Regular Pre-Registration: April 21-June 20. For more details or to register, go to www.juggle.org/festival/

Five person weaves

At this year’s IJA festival in Bowling Green Ohio, you might be trying some four person passing patterns, when a fifth person asks to join in. I used to think that five people was an awkward number for passing patterns, but it turns out that there are quite a few very nice patterns! Mr inside, Mr outside weave This is …

Tricks of the Month – Marzo 2013 / Trucos del Mes – Marzo 2013

En este “trucos del mes” la locacion es un jardin botanico unico en el mundo ubicado en Toluca, Estado de México llamado “Cosmovitral”. Jorge se enfoco en la creacion de variaciones de pingüinos y tuvo la colaboración de: Mario Barragan (Guadalajara, Mèxico) ejecutando una serie de manipulaciones y contacto de clavas. Hector Flores (Distrito Federal) realizo unas interesantes variaciones de …

Master the Art of the After Show Meet and Greet

You won’t be able to do a meet and greet after every show, but I highly encourage you to find a way to meet your audience when they’re leaving. Whether you stand outside the auditorium doors, or if you just step down from the fair stage to say hello to everyone, it will make an impact. People want to talk …