In the late 2000s, Anthony Gatto created a series of challenges where jugglers could create 30-second-long videos of themselves performing an unedited routine using a number and type of prop specified by Anthony. All of the videos had to be placed online by a certain date and then jugglers could vote on which video they thought was the best. The video with the most votes won.
Anthony Gatto, Scott Cain, and David Cain
It has been suggested to me several times that I should create an updated version of these contests for eJuggle readers, so this was recently done. It was judged slightly differently so as to avoid jugglers having friends and family outside the juggling community voting in mass for a video and to avoid it being a popularity vote. The judging was done by a committee of jugglers, including myself, who obviously did not participate in the challenge.
Before we get into the videos, here were the rules and prizes.
Film yourself doing an unedited routine with 4 clubs lasting 30 seconds. The video can be longer, but the actual routine must be no longer than half a minute. If a routine goes over 30 seconds, only the first 30 seconds is judged. Then, post this video to Youtube (preferred) or another online platform where videos can be embedded into WordPress. If possible please make Youtube videos unlisted (not private). Then email me video links at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook. You have one month from the publishing of this article to submit videos. The committee will then review and judge the videos and select a winner. All of the submitted videos will appear in a follow-up article which will also announce the winner. The jugglers submitting the top three videos will receive one year IJA Memberships. Second place will also receive a $40 IJA Store gift certificate and the winner will receive an $80 IJA Store gift certificate.
Here are the entries in the order that they were received.
Domenyk La Terra
Batist Van Baekel
A committee of jugglers was recruited to judge the videos. The winner is: Felix Feldman. Second place went to Jack Denger and third place was Julius Preu. Congrats to all of the winners. You will be contacted soon about how to get your prizes. Another 30 second video contest will be coming soon.