Editors: Don Lewis and Martin Frost
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- Chair’s message
- Looking for Youth Showcase performers for IJA 2016 fest
- Seeking volunteers for 2017 Festival Registrar – Earn a full Festival Package
- 40th (!) Isla Vista Jugglers Festival
- Board nominations open — final reminder — May 15 deadline
- Free brunch all week at the IJA fest!
- Festival Special Workshop by Emil Dahl
- Jogglers: Sign up online for the fest’s Joggling Championships
- Workshop leaders: Let us know what you want to teach
- Stage Championships finalists announced
- Online fest registration ends at 11:59pm EDT on June 30
- Even more Special Guests at the IJA Festival
- The Gauntlet 3
- 2016 IJA Festival hotel information
- Festival room and ride sharing
- Life Member Myron Wilcox, 1926 – 2016
- IJA Regional Competitions: Middle East (Israel), Central America (Costa Rica), Mexico
- 2013 Fest DVD 2-Pack available from the new IJA Store
- Latest articles in eJuggle
- Upcoming juggling festivals
Chair’s message, by Nathan Wakefield
We are pleased to announced that fire troupe Odd-Lab will be at the festival! Not only that, but they will be kicking off our Friday Fire Nights jam with a special fire show! You can come out and watch their performance, then dive right into the action and juggle/spin fire yourself!
After much chatter and speculation, the final list of stage competitors has been released! See the listing below to see who will be competing for the massive prize money this year. Next month, we will have profiles for all the competitors.
In addition to the stage competitors, we have also added several new special guests to the festival (see below) as well.
Interested in taking your juggling sequences to the next level? Don’t forget about about Emil Dahl’s special 2-day, 4-hour workshop on developing juggling sequences. Space is limited, so be sure to secure your spot in advance!
Lastly, don’t forget about The Gauntlet 3’s crowdfunding page. Generous IJA donor Unna Med is currently matching all contributions up to $4,000. Between research and development, material costs, transportation, and onsite construction, creating such an ambitious juggling themed obstacle course that we have planned for this year is an incredibly intensive project. With your help, we can make this one the best gauntlet yet!
Full festival info, including online registration, is available at:www.juggle.org/festival.
Looking for Youth Showcase performers for IJA 2016 fest
The Youth Showcase is a great opportunity for younger jugglers to perform at the Festival. The Youth Showcase is a non-competitive event at which performers with routines can get stage time to show their skills for a supportive audience. Performers are 18 years old and younger, and routines can be solo or group and should be under 5 minutes. A technical rehearsal will be held on the day of the show, with the performance taking place in the evening. Jugglers who want to perform (or their parents) can contact the show producer, Art Thomas, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeking volunteers for 2017 Festival Registrar – Earn a full Festival Package, by Mike Sullivan
The IJA is seeking a couple of dedicated volunteers to be the Festival Registrars for the historic 70th Annual IJA Festival in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, set for July 10-16, 2017. Volunteers can earn a full Festival Event Package for their efforts and be part of the core team that makes the festival so much fun for hundreds of jugglers from around the world.
After reading the description of the role below, if you think you might be interested, please contact 2016 Festival Registrar Mike Sullivan at email@example.com soon so that you can possibly get some hands-on training with Mike this year, both before and at the 2016 festival. He’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.
The effort for next year begins early in 2017 with the setup and testing of the online event registration system. Work with the festival team to get festival registrations ready around February or March, and then provide weekly registration reports until online registration ends in June. Once set up, the system is run by automation through the end of online registration, requiring no administrative effort except weekly reports and a few customer service requests.
After that, you’ll help the festival team with data processing and logistics for the festival registration desk, including:
– Preparing festival packets for pre-registered jugglers
– Giving festival team members data on vendor, juggler and guest registrations
– Handling customer service for jugglers inquiring about the fest or their registration
– Coordinating with event directors on event registrations for joggling, numbers, etc.
Registration setup and testing requires about 30 hours of work spread across a couple of weeks in January and February. Once registration opens, 2-4 hours/week should be all that’s needed to monitor and report on registrations as well as handle the few customer service issues that come up.
Once on-site at the festival in Cedar Rapids, you’ll lead the IJA registration desk team, including
– Staffing the desk from 9am-4pm daily along with 3-4 other IJA volunteers
– Checking in pre-registered jugglers and sell gym passes & other fest items
– Working with the Square Register system to record and process all transactions
– Preparing and making bank deposits of cash and checks received daily
– Updating the festival team and Treasurer on daily sales each night
– After the fest, preparing summary and detail sales reports
It’s a lot of work, but it’s very rewarding and you’ll be part of the core team that makes the 70th annual IJA Festival an unforgettable week of fun in a beautiful, small Midwestern gem of a city.
If you’re interested, please email 2016 Festival Registrar Mike Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hands-on training is available starting now and continues with on-site training at this year’s fest in El Paso.
40th (!) Isla Vista Jugglers Festival, by Martin Frost
Coming up very soon — May 6 – 8 — in Santa Barbara, CA, is the 40th Isla Vista Jugglers Festival. This fine festival seems to be the longest running regional juggling festival in the world — about a year older even than the European Juggling Convention. Only the IJA fest has been going on longer. Enjoy the Saturday night show in the Isla Vista Theater. Hope to see you there!
Board nominations open — final reminder — May 15 deadline, by Martin Frost
Want to help steer the IJA? Got some good ideas for what the IJA should (or should not!) do? Run for the IJA Board, or if you think you know someone who would be a good Board member, talk to them about running. The current volunteer directors on the IJA Board are working hard to keep the IJA alive and vibrant. Each year the IJA needs new volunteers to join the Board and help decide the directions the IJA will go. About half of the seven Board seats are up for election each summer for a two-year term. You help out for two years and then you can relax and let someone else step up if you want to. Or, you could offer to run again.
Serving on the Board can be very rewarding. Submit a nomination to email@example.com by the May 15th deadline. Email that same address if you have any questions about serving on the Board. Help promote the IJA and build on a legacy of success. For more details about serving as a Board member, see: www.juggle.org/business/nominations.php.
2016 IJA Festival in El Paso, Texas, July 25-31, Jim Maxwell, Festival Director
Free brunch all week at the IJA fest!
Thanks to our anonymous donor iiWii, all registered jugglers at the El Paso festival will get a free brunch daily. Event Package holders will be entitled to brunch on Tuesday through Saturday. Gym Pass holders will be eligible for free brunch on the days for which they have purchased a Gym Pass. Details on the time and place of the free brunch will be published later.
Festival Special Workshop by Emil Dahl
Emil Dahl, who will be performing his world-touring act Magnet Opus in the Cascade of Stars, is offering a 2-day, 4-hour Special Workshop at the festival 1-3pm on Wednesday and Thursday. This workshop will have two primary focuses: training techniques and processes for technical juggling, and the development and creation of juggling sequences. You can find out more about the workshop and sign up to be part of it at: https://ym.juggle.org/store/ViewProduct.aspx?ID=6088056.
Jogglers: Sign up online for the fest’s Joggling Championships
If you’re planning to enter the joggling competition at the El Paso fest, sign up online by June 30 to save a few dollars and speed up things at the festival. Sign up now for $20 or at the fest for $25. The one fee covers you for as many joggling events as you want to enter at the fest.
Workshop leaders: Let us know what you want to teach
If you would like to offer a workshop at the festival, please give us details using the web form at http://ija.juggler.org/.
And if you have an idea for a workshop you’d like to see offered in El Paso, let us know by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (We can’t promise anything, but we’ll try to find someone to teach it.
Stage Championships finalists announced
The preliminaries are over and the finalists have been selected for the Stage Championships at this year’s IJA Festival in El Paso. The Individuals competitors will be competing for the $10,000 first place prize money, as will the Teams competitors, with a total of over $35,000 in prize money available to the stage medalists.
Here are the finalists that you’ll have a chance to see on the IJA Championships stage in El Paso. (Each group is listed in alphabetical order.)
Jonah Botvinick-Greenhouse (USA)
Christopher Haaser (USA)
Bennett Santora (USA)
Daniel Van Hoomissen (USA)
Balance-in-Motion – Neil Jordaan, Heather Marriott (USA)
Jonglissimo – Manuel Mitasch, Dominik Harant, Daniel Ledel (Austria)
Aki and Takeru – Aki Ueno, Takeru Hirano (Japan)
Totchees – Tetsuya Tochikubo, Ayaka Tochikubo (Japan)
Nathan Biggs-Penton (USA)
Josh Horton (USA)
Hiroki Kamei (Japan)
Sam Malcolm (USA)
Geoff Marsh (USA)
Jorden Moir (Canada)
Scott Sorensen (USA)
Online fest registration ends at 11:59pm EDT on June 30
|Event Package purchase date
||March 1-19||Mar 20-Jun 30||At the fest|
|Adult (age 18-64)||$199||$239||$259|
|Youth/Senior (11-17, 65+)||$139||$189||$219|
All your favorite events are back: Stage Championships (with much bigger prize money!), XJuggling, Renegade, Numbers Championships, Joggling, Welcome Show and Cascade of Stars, plus the return of the Gauntlet.
We have special IJA rates at three top-tier hotels, all within an easy walk of the beautiful El Paso Convention Center. See the hotel info below.
Emil Dahl will perform his ground-breaking Magnet Opus in the IJA Cascade of Stars gala, as well as offer a two-day special workshop.
Institute of Jugglology
Cascade of Stars
Cascade of Stars
| Marvin Ong
Cascade of Stars
Welcome Show & Cascade of Stars
Institute of Jugglology
Cascade of Stars
Cinthia Buitrón – La Flaka
Welcome Show & Cascade of Stars
Cascade of Stars
|Emil Dahl of Sweden
Performs his ground-breaking Magnet Opus in the IJA Cascade of Stars Gala
Cascade of Stars Emcees
2011 IRC Mexico Gold Medalist
Juniors Championships Emcee
2015 IRC Mexico Gold Medalist
Welcome Show Emcee
2013 IRC Mexico Silver Medalist
2015 IRC Central America Gold Medalist
|Scotty Meltzer & Katrine Spang-Hanssen
Individuals and Teams Championships Emcees
The Gauntlet 3, by Jim Maxwell
“Ball Hall” – Contestants run down 12 feet of balance beam while balls drop from a ceiling above them. This obstacle is as much a challenge for the contestant as for the builders. Engineers will marvel at the yet to be constructed ball return system. Possible ideas include either an Archimedes screw, conveyor belt or blower system to move balls from the floor to the ceiling of the ‘ball hall’.
“Math is Hard!” – Yeah, but jugglers are so smart…or are they? Jugglers will face a massive computer driven multiple choice wall. Contestants will have 3 chances to punch the correct answer to multiple choice arithmetic equations which briefly flash on screen on the wall. This summer, we finally test contestants’ brain power.
“The Volcano” – Contestants have to throw one ball up high through a giant, narrowing conical ‘volcano’ suspended overhead and then catch the ball on the rebound as it navigates its way down the side over various foils, cantilevers and ledges on the outside of the giant volcano cone.
“The Car Wash” – Giant spinning wheels of pool noodles confront and confound the juggler as she runs through the field of spinning styrofoam ‘blades of death’.
“Tie Run” – It works for training Marines, so why not jugglers. It’s the classic test of agility and speed, all while juggling.
“Giant Slide” – Contestants will test their nerve as they climb up stairs to an 8 foot high platform to slide down a 12 to 14 foot custom-built slide, all while juggling. Don’t worry, there will be railings on the stairs, but will they contain the contestant’s fear of heights and free-fall speed?
“Ring Mover” – Ring neck pull downs may have gone out of style on the main IJA competition stage in 1986, but they very well may be back in style this summer when contestants need to move one juggling ring hanging from a peg on a wall, across an 8 foot gap, and hang it to rest on a peg on an opposing wall, all while juggling.
“Teeter-Totter” – The crowd pleasing obstacle from Gauntlet 1 is back as contestants race up and then crash down the other side of a giant teeter-totter.
“The Bike Rack” – We will push contestants’ precision coordination to the edge as they are forced to make one catch and one throw in their cascade from in between each of the vertical slots of a long run of vertical PVC pipes. Sound easy? Go try it at your local bike rack right now. Don’t worry, we’ll wait right here for you while you drop 6 million times.
“Sleepy Time” – Don’t get too sleepy for this bouncy, shaky obstacle. Contestants have to run across a giant field of inflatable mattresses.
2016 IJA Festival hotel information
Our three El Paso hotels are taking IJA room reservations at IJA rates. Go to the IJA festival website, move your mouse over Festival and click on Lodging to see all the details.
This hotel information grid has a summary of offerings at the three official IJA festival hotels in downtown El Paso.
Camino Real Hotel El Paso – $89.00 + tax
DoubleTree El Paso Downtown – $95.00 + tax
Holiday Inn Express El Paso Central – $89.00 + tax
Festival room and ride sharing, by Jim Maxwell
If you’re going to the IJA festival and are interested in sharing room and/or transportation costs, but don’t yet have people to share with, we can help. Just fill out this simple survey. Someone will be in touch:
As we’ve provided in past years, we also have a Rideshares & Roomshares Forum on our website if you want to seek out people to share with there. You need to be a logged-in IJA member to post in the forum.
Life Member Myron Wilcox, 1926 – 2016, by Martin Frost
Long time IJA life member Myron Wilcox died April 6 at the age of 89 in Porterville, California. He joined the IJA in 1981, later becoming Life Member #21. Myron was awarded the IJA Excellence in Education Award in 1995 and was often seen at festivals wearing a ten-gallon hat, which represented only a fraction of the 23 gallons of blood that he very proudly donated. He also encouraged others to donate blood. He always enjoyed performing at Club Renegade doing juggling punctuated with many puns.
Myron was well known in Porterville for the juggling that he loved to display and teach and for teaching swimming there for decades. “A Porterville legend”, he was inducted into the town’s wall of fame in 2015. Following his death, the Porterville Recorder published an article on Myron as well as his obituary.
IJA Regional Competitions: Middle East (Israel), Central America (Costa Rica), Mexico
The 1st IJA Regional Competition – Middle East took place at the Israeli Juggling Convention on April 25.
We are excited to announce the IRC Middle East 2016 medalists:
Gold Medal: Ofek Snir – Israel
Silver Medal: Sagi Bracha – Israel
Bronze Medal: Ahmad Hmidan – Palestine
Seven finalists competed for an audience of 1,800 people. The competition was seen as a huge success by the organizers, participants and audience. The festival is very much interested in partnering with the IJA on this event in the future. Visit us on Facebook to see video clips of the medalist routines.
The 2nd IJA Regional Competition – Central America will take place on World Juggling Day, June 18, at the WJD celebration in San Jose, Costa Rica.
2013 Fest DVD 2-Pack available from the new IJA Store
The 2013 IJA Festival DVD 2-Pack is available for purchase, from the new IJA Store. The price is $30 for members ($40 for non-members). To get the member price, sign in at ym.juggle.org. Once you are signed in, go to:
We have DVDs for sale from the IJA fests in: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Each year includes two DVDs and roughly two hours of video.
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Bonus Video: In October of 2015 Tony was invited as a special guest to the Japanese Juggling Festival in Koriyama. He presented a 40 minute performance with balls, clubs, rings, devil sticks, and nets. This video highlights Tony’s favorite moments from that performance.
Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX_S6qo8rDs to see the trailer.
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Toss Up Comic
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Upcoming juggling festivals
For a list of even more festivals, check the worldwide juggling event listings on our website at: www.juggle.org/events.
If you’re organizing a juggling festival (or if you simply know of a juggling fest) and you want to advertise it in the IJA eNewsletter, just drop a note to eNewsletter editor Don Lewis email@example.com. Such listings are free.
The eNewsletter comes out near the end of each month. Your festival can be listed for a few months, and you don’t have to be an IJA affiliate to have a fest listed. Hey, jugglers want to know about juggling fests. Help them out and get more jugglers to your fest at the same time.
10ª Convention di Giocoleria della Brianza
25 Apr – 1 May 2016
Imbersago (LC) 23898 via Adda Italy (Italia)
Bibasse : Convention de Jonglerie à Nancy
4 May – 8 May 2016
26th Dutch Juggling Convention
5 May – 8 May 2016
40th Annual Isla Vista Jugglers Festival
6 May – 8 May 2016
UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA USA
Congress of Jugglers 2016
6 May – 8 May 2016
Ritchie Coliseum, College Park, Maryland 20740 USA
Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Festival 2016
7 May – 7 May 2016
Wide World Sports Center 2140 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 USA
Bigoud’n’Jongle – Jongle et Rit
13 May – 16 May 2016
Bungay Balls Up 2016
20 May – 30 May 2016
Hulver Farm, St Michael South Elmham, NR35 1NF UK
Cascade Brigade Juggling Club
21 May 2016
Brandywine Heights High School
103 Old Topton Rd, Mertztown, PA
Galway Juggling Convention 2016
27 May – 29 May 2016
Áras na Mac Léinn · Galway, Ireland (Éire)
Second Russian Juggling Festival
1 Jun – 5 Jun 2016
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
2016 Flatland Juggling Festival
10 Jun – 12 Jun 2016
University of Nebraska Medical Center, 3908 Jones Street, Omaha, NE
14th Hungarian Juggling Convention // 14. Magyar Zsonglőrtalálkozó
16 Jun – 19 Jun 2016
Boulder Juggling Festival 2016
17 Jun – 19 Jun 2016
Casey Middle School, 1301 High St, Boulder, Colorado
Eindhovens Jongleer Festival 2016
17 Jun – 19 Jun 2016
Sportcentrum van de Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Onze Lieve Vrouwestraat 1, 5612 Eindhoven Netherlands (Nederland)
French National Juggling Convention – Jongl’ô Païs 2016
13 Jul – 17 Jul 2016
69th Annual IJA Juggling Festival 2016 – El Paso
25 Jul – 31 Jul 2016
El Paso Convention Center, El Paso, Texas USA
39th European Juggling Convention, Almere, Netherlands
30 Jul – 7 Aug 2016
Topsportcentrum Almere Pierre de Coubertinlaan 7, Almere, Netherlands
2ª Convenção Caipira de Malabarismo e Circo
7 Sep – 11 Sep 2016
R. Daniel Antônio de Freitas, 115 – Distrito Industrial, São José do Rio Preto – SP Brazil
Portland Juggling Festival 2016
30 Sep – 2 Oct 2016
Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, Oregon
40th Annual RIT Spring Juggle IN
7 Apr – 9 Apr 2017
RIT, 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester NY 14623 USA