3rd Annual IJA Video Tutorial Contest – March 1st – 31st

Hey folks! It’s my distinct pleasure to announce the the 3rd annual IJA Video Tutorial Contest!  The contest, which will take place from March 1st to March 31st, 2012 looks to be the largest and most exciting tutorial contest to date! Entrants film tutorial videos, upload them to Juggling.tv and YouTube.com, and submit them via the entry form, which will be …

IJA 2-Count Podcast: Episode 1

This month’s podcast starts off with an introduction of the show format and then news about the 2012 IJA fest, the launch of the Ezine and the podcast, and the 2011 IJA DVD. Then we move on to discussing a NY Times article about women in juggling, followed by a little history about another female juggler, Laura Green the Juggling …

Three-Ball Pattern from Praise

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Frankly, I don’t know what to call this, other than Praise’s Pattern. He didn’t share a name with me, he just demonstrated it and explained some pre-exercises to build up to it. The move has elements of three well-known patterns. First, there is the familiar crossing and uncrossing of the arms as in Mills Mess. Second, there is a hint of the extended double-arm crossing, as in Eric’s Extension. Third, there is a trace of a Hi-Lo Shower with some low Shower passes thrown underneath some high-flying balls.

It takes a total of fourteen different throws and catches to run through a complete cycle. Two sets of throws occur at the same time, which reduces the number of beats—throws and catches—to complete a full cycle to a series of just twelve beats.

The pattern is symmetrical along the vertical axis; seven throws and catches (carried out over six beats) on side are mirrored on the opposite side. Remember, though, the symmetry is not seven beats on one side of the pattern followed by seven beats on the opposite side. The throws and mirror images are spread out throughout the cycle.

Each ball has a unique flight path. You throw and catch the white ball six times in one cycle, while the striped ball and the black ball only have four throws and catches each during a cycle. Again, since two of the beats involve simultaneous throws from both hands, the fourteen throws and catches become a total of twelve beats.

The entire sequence of twelve beats is described directly below, with two additional beats tacked on to better show how the end of one cycle flows into the beginning of the next. After that are descriptions of the three different flight paths for the balls. Finally, some pre-exercises to work on are offered.


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Flower Sticks: Watch Out for Your Head

The following article is reprinted from the July/August 2004 Teach-In that appeared in JUGGLE magazine. Flower Sticks – Watch Out for Your Head The light weight and flexibility of most flower sticks make them a relatively safe prop to manipulate around your head. I’m qualifying this with the word ‘relatively’ because heads are valuable. A strong case can be made …


(This first appeared in the January/February 2001 issue of JUGGLE Magazine.) Two of the joys of attending juggling festivals are seeing old friends and learning new forms of manipulation. At the recent Portland Juggling Festival I ran into Allen Knutson, and picked up some tips from him on padiddling. For some people the term padiddle conjures up a nighttime car …