A Message from the Chair

For those of you I haven’t met (yet), allow me to introduce myself. I’m Dave Pawson, and I’ll be your chairman of the board for the next year. This is sincerely an honor for me, and makes for very exciting times. But as exciting as this is for me, there are a lot of things going on these days that …

Wes Peden – HEPTAD Trailer

(Released August 7th) HEPTAD is a sequence of juggling by Wes Peden. Balls 1234567, rings 1234567, and clubs 1234567. The work was motivated by the options and limitations offered by each amount of object. The quality of a trick in this project was based on it’s look, function, and rhythm within the composition. Filming took place in a tent, on …

Notes and queries and a case full of clubs: Concepts

As has hopefully become clear over the course of my writings here, it is vitally important to me to tie conceptual ideas (theory) to actual physical work (practice). This link from theory to practice is easy to demonstrate in a workshop or classroom situation, but somewhat harder to visualise when writing about the process. I have already discussed factors of …

The Madcap Master….Ladies and Gentlemen…..Woodhead!

To watch Mark “Woody” Keppel on stage today is to see a master of his craft. Woodhead is unpredictable, hilarious, charming and above all exceedingly talented. He throws himself, sometimes literally, with reckless abandon into his character and you would never guess that he froze on stage in his very first public appearance. If you don’t know Woody, stop reading …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Thou Shalt Not Steal

As I wrote in my first column, Comedy Darwinism, whenever I’ve asked any group of comedy jugglers or comedy magicians where their jokes come from, most answer: “It was something that happened while I was onstage.” Almost no one says: “I stole it from someone else’s show.” And yet, if you watch most shows, and I’m definitely including my own …

A Career of Creativity: Jay Gilligan

Jay Gilligan has accomplished a great deal in the world of juggling, and is a very busy man. Originally a hobby juggler from Ohio, Gilligan now resides in Stockholm, Sweden where he heads the juggling program at the Circus School there. When he is not teaching at the University, releasing juggling videos, and playing big shows all over Europe, he’s …

Hijacking in period 5 patterns

This article describes how to switch between period 5 patterns and then extends this idea to period 5 feeds. Hijacking in why not? Adam and Brenda are passing why not? Brenda decides she wants to do five count popcorn, so she hijacks the pattern, and Adam is left passing five club why not?Brenda’s pattern for why not? is pass self pass heff …

2012 World Juggling Day – Collaboration Video

2012 World Juggling Day – Collaboration Video Many thanks to all who contributed to this years’ collaboration video, and to all who celebrated! It was an incredible day!

Notes and queries and a case full of clubs: Subjugation

As jugglers it seems to make clear and perfect sense to define ourselves based on our props: on tricks, on whirling orbits and topological paths, and perhaps also through our connection to the juggling community and the wider, but related, communities of other circus arts. Sometimes, and if moving away from the basic facts of juggling to those of performance …