IJA eNewsletter, May 2018

IJA eNewsletter May 2018

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Editors: Don Lewis and Martin Frost (ijanews@juggle.org)


Chair’s message
IJA Festival info – Springfield, MA, July 16-22, 2018

Pre-registration deadline approaching: June 15 Hotel reservation deadlines coming up in June Shuttles from Bradley Airport (BDL) in Connecticut Festival schedule online

IJA Fest workshop leader sign-ups Youth Showcase call for participants Special Guests
Event Package Pricing Per Person

IRC East Asia 2018 Winners
World Juggling Day – June 16
Online voting is open in the 2018 IJA Board of Directors Election
‘Water on Mars’ in Philadelphia, June 1-3
Wired article and video: The Physics—and Physicality—of Extreme Juggling Opportunities / Marketplace: Street Savvy show casting call
Latest articles in eJuggle
Upcoming juggling festivals

Chair’s message, by Nathan Wakefield World Juggling Day is just a few short weeks away!

Though to us jugglers, nearly every day is a juggling day, WJD is a special time for celebration of this pastime that brings us together. It’s a great opportunity to meet up and juggle with some friends, teach someone new to juggle, or just make some time to learn that trick that’s been on your to-do list for an extended period of time.

In any event, you’re going to want to rock the day in style. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with our official WJD 2018 T-shirt, which can be purchased here. If you’re looking for a WJD event, check out our WJD events page to see if there are any events near you. If there aren’t, create your own WJD event! Just find a place to juggle, get some friends together, and register your event to draw in other jugglers. Also, follow our Facebook event page to see what others are doing all over the world.

Speaking of events coming up, we are less than two months away from our 2018 Festival! We’ve rounded out some of the shows with a few new special guests (see below). On the subject of shows, our special shows were so popular last year, that we’re added two additional shows to the festival: a Flowcase show which will feature a variety of different flow artist performances; and a experimental conceptual show called “The Monkey Wrench Interpretation” presented by the Institute of Jugglology. Check them out on the festival schedule. Don’t forget to register for the fest before June 15th to get the pre-registration price!

Looking forward to all the great juggling happenings this summer,

Nathan Wakefield IJA Chairman

IJA Festival info – Springfield, MA, July 16-22, by Martin Frost For all the latest Festival information, please see the IJA Festival website.

Pre-registration deadline approaching: June 15

The deadline for advance registration for the IJA Festival is 11:59pm ET on June 15. After that, online registration ends, leaving only on-site registration at the festival, at a higher price. If you haven’t registered yet, do it now.

Hotel reservation deadlines coming up in June

We have two IJA hotels at the festival: the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel and the Tower Square Hotel Springfield. Both are very close to the festival venues. IJA rooms at the Sheraton are sold out (unless they get a cancellation), but as of late May there are still rooms available at the Tower Square Hotel all week. If you haven’t made your hotel reservation, don’t wait any longer.

There is no web page for reserving Tower Square rooms at the IJA rate, but you can call 1-844- 656-8641 and get the jugglers’ rate by mentioning group code GIJUGA. If you have trouble

getting a reservation at the $99 IJA rate, please let us know. The last day to reserve a room at the Tower Square Hotel at the IJA rate is June 18. (The Tower Square Hotel is no longer a Marriott hotel, but IJA room reservations made before their name change are still valid.)

The last day to reserve a room at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel at the IJA rate is June 25. The Sheraton is currently sold out except for the nights of July 15 and 16.

Shuttles from Bradley Airport (BDL) in Connecticut

If you need a shuttle between Bradley Airport and Springfield, check on The Valley Transporter, which requires reservations to be made ahead of time. Other options are taxis at about $60 and Uber or Lyft at about $30. Confirm availability before you travel.

Festival schedule online

The festival schedule is now available on the Fest website. In addition to the Welcome Show, Cascade of Stars, Youth Showcase and Stage Championships, you’ll find XJuggling, Individual Prop Competition, Numbers, Joggling, Games and Renegade shows. In addition there will be a special show “The Monkey Wrench Interpretation” by the Institute of Jugglology, plus a Flowcase show and Fight Night, all on Friday.

IJA Fest workshop leader sign-ups

Got something interesting to teach at the fest? Sign-ups for leading workshops at the festival are now open. You choose you audience, whether beginners, intermediate, advanced. Workshops Coordinator Dave Pawson will try to schedule your workshop at a time convenient for you.

You can view the preliminary workshop schedule now — just note that more workshops will be added and changes are likely over the next couple of months.

Youth Showcase call for participants, by Art Thomas

If you are a young juggler, under 18, and have a routine or act you would like to share, the Youth Showcase is your event. This is a non-competitive celebration of juggling performed and hosted by young jugglers. Your act will be seen by a supportive and appreciative audience on “the big stage”.

The act should be under 5 minutes. Music, as always, must be legally obtained. We will have a technical rehearsal with the professional theater staff on Wednesday afternoon, and the show is at 7pm Wednesday. If you would like to be a part of this fun event, email the show director, Art Thomas at youthshowcase2018@juggle.org. He needs to know your name and age and how long you have been juggling. Describe your act in a sentence or two, listing props you use — which ones and how many.

Special Guests

Here are the special guests for this year’s fest, with newly confirmed ones in bold:

Mark Mitton (Cascade of Stars emcee) Justin Therrien
Patrick McGuire
Benjamin Domask

Cate Flaherty Christian Kloc
Erin Stephens Florence Huet
Fly By Night
Francis Gadbois Guillaume Karpowicz Kathryn Carr

Kyle Johnson Michael Karas Pich
Remi Lasvenes Salih Mahammed Wes Peden

Event Package Pricing Per Person

Dates (Eastern Time)

Type Adult Youth


Mar 6 – Jun 15 Regular $260 $200 Jun 15 is the last day to pre-register for the fest

July 17 – July 21 On-Site

Feb 5 – Jun 15 Youth Group

Feb 5 – Jun 15 VDP Vendor

$280 $220
$100 $100

These are the prices of Event Packages purchased at the fest

Minimum 10 youths; max 2 adult chaperone packages per 10 youths

Only 2 VDP Vendor Event Packages per VDP vendor

Youths are ages 11-17. Adults are ages 18 and up.

Fest pre-registration is only available online and closes at 11:59pm ET on June 15. After that you can register on-site at the festival.

IRC East Asia 2018 winners, by Erin Stephens

On May 26th, we held the first ever IJA Regional Competition (IRC) – East Asia in Taipei, Taiwan. The event was held at the Asian International Diabolo Cup and included 10 finalists from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. The competition took place in a gorgeous theater at the University of Taipei and included over 400 people in the audience. It was also broadcast live on the IJA Facebook Page.

Congratulations to the medalists:

1st place
Cheng Yung Tsang (Diabolo)

2nd place
Liao Yu Han (Diabolo)

3rd place
Peng Chan (Club / Ball / diabolo)

Next up will be IRC Central America 2018, to be held at the World Juggling Day celebration in San Salvador, El Salvador, on June 16th. Meet the finalists at: www.juggle.org/irc-centroamerica- finalistas

World Juggling Day 2018 – June 16, by Josie Marks-McQuade

Order your WJD T-shirt now to have it in time for World Juggling Day.

On June 16, we will be celebrating a worldwide day of juggling. Join us and help make World Juggling Day 2018 the best World Juggling Day yet!

Register Your Event:


When you register, it will create an event page with its own unique URL. You can use this page to promote your event on social media. It can include a photo, directions, price, contact information, and even a map of the location.

IJA members should SIGN IN first (at the top of the page) to make sure your WJD event is listed under your name. That’s necessary if you want to be able to edit it later, which you can do at www.juggle.org/calendar/worldjugglingday/list. Non-members can add a WJD event but won’t be able to edit it once it’s submitted.

Please email us at wjd2018@juggle.org if you have any problems registering or updating your event.

You can see all registered WJD events at www.juggle.org/calendar, including an interactive world map that pins the locations of each of the events.

The main World Juggling Day page www.juggle.org/wjd can be found on the IJA website under the Programs menu.

Official 2018 WJD Hashtag: Make sure to tag all your photos and videos from the day on social media with #WJD2018 and/or #WorldJugglingDay2018. We will be featuring your WJD posts across IJA social media, all day!

World Juggling Day Recap Video: This year we will be featuring many clips from World Juggling Day celebrations around the globe in a very special recap video. After the fun of World Juggling Day, send videos highlighting how you celebrated the day at either an event or by yourself! You can send a video as a YouTube link or through WeTransfer. Submissions will be open from June 16th – June 30th.

2018 WJD T-shirts are available in a variety of styles and different colors. Order yours now to have it before World Juggling Day. This year’s T-shirt design, on the right above, is by Portland, Oregon, based artist Isabel Gibson (see Odder Art).

Join the IJA World Juggling Day Event Page to see what everyone else is up to around the world on this epic day:


Online voting is open in the 2018 IJA Board of Directors Election

The annual IJA election for members of the Board of Directors takes place at the IJA Festival in Springfield, MA, on July 18, 2018. You can vote at the fest or you can vote online before the fest and save your festival time for juggling.

The IJA Board of Directors is comprised of seven people who make policy and collectively decide on the direction of the IJA. Each director is elected for a two-year term. There are four director

positions up for election this year, so IJA members can vote for up to four people in this election. The nominees and their statements are listed below. Not all nominees provided statements.


All regular, life, youth, and family IJA members who are at least 13 years of age as of July 18, 2018, can vote.

TWO WAYS TO VOTE: Online or On-site

You can vote either:
(1) ONLINE until 11:59pm EDT, Saturday, July 14, 2018; or
(2) ON-SITE at the IJA Festival in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

Online voting is easy and only takes a minute or two. Or if you’ll be at the IJA Festival, you can vote there in person on July 18, 2018.

To vote ONLINE before the festival, first Sign In at: https://ym.juggle.org.
Then cast your votes at the online voting page: https://ym.juggle.org/surveys/?id=2018election

Here are the nominees for member of the IJA Board of Directors. The statements from candidates that provided them follow below.

Matan Presberg Ian Loughlin Sofia Noethe Yuki Ueda

Mike Moore

Matan Presberg

To me, juggling is about more than the art form itself. From the day I learned how to juggle, it was about community. I was taught by my local juggling club at age six and started attending meetings regularly. As I grew up, I realized more and more that the community was held up by a few key members. Everything I took for granted wouldn’t exist without people working tirelessly for the benefit of the community.

My experience as an IJA officer has been similar. It has given me a behind the scenes look at everything that goes on just to keep the organization running and the festival happening each year. The priceless experiences I have had at IJA festivals have been made possible entirely by volunteers.

My goal of being on the IJA Board of Directors is to further my commitment to the juggling community and to the IJA. I hope that by volunteering for the IJA, I can help spread juggling to more people, and enable them to have the same positive experiences I have had.

Yuki Ueda

I am a professional juggler, an educator of circus arts and a community event organizer based in Vancouver, Canada. I started juggling in Europe about 12 years ago. I have attended multiple festivals around the globe and a founder of the object manipulation festival, Madskillz Vancouver, that has been running for the last 9 years.

To be honest, my understanding of the IJA activity is slim at the moment, but I am willing to learn and grow with the organization. If I get voted in, I want to explore ways to make our passion accessible and understood to non-jugglers. Would love to try and change the stigma that juggling has in order to create the next era of mind blowing jugglers. Let’s study and define the new trends of object manipulation around the world, help fuel those communities, create a place to educate each other on the various trends and branch all of it together to make the bigger picture.

If you want to know more about me or discuss about juggling and the community, just drop me a line at jugglerzen@gmail.com. I love meeting other jugglers, chatting about juggling, and learning other point of view about the art and the community.


Mike Moore

Hi! I’m running for the IJA Board of Directors to help the organization a continue with the great strides we’ve seen in the past few years and to pave some exciting new directions. Specifically, I am interested in helping the IJA to develop tutorial series that are internally consistent and backed by best practices of teaching and learning.

My pedagogical (teaching and learning) experience comes from teaching subjects from physics to philosophy to juggling in contexts from university instruction to video tutorials to coaching. I’m almost done my PhD (PSYCHED!) where I research how students learn chemistry. I got to my first IJA by winning the 2011 IJA tutorial competition!

My juggling and organizational experience spans 13 years: I have co-founded both juggling clubs that I’ve been a part of, been the head organizer for four festivals (including starting the Guelph Fest) and been involved in the planning of five other festivals, including one IJA. My strengths in these areas are understanding big-picture administration and executing fun, creative ideas (like the juggling escape room Emily and I made for the Guelph Fest in 2017).

I look forward to bringing my strengths to the IJA Board of Directors for these upcoming years. For more information on the election, go to:

Thanks for participating in the 2018 IJA Board of Directors Election.

‘Water on Mars’ in Philadelphia, June 1-3

If you get a chance to see the show Water on Mars, go see it. It will be playing in Philadelphia June 1st – June 3rd, 2018. Jugglers need to see this show. Everyone should see it. Water on Mars consists of three jugglers: Wes Peden (USA), Tony Pezzo (USA), and Patrik Elmnert (SWE). Here’s how the show is described:

“A high-flying, not-your-
average-feast for the eyes,
Water on Mars combines jaw-dropping athleticism, eye-catching acrobatics and has been praised by The Circus Diaries as ‘a pure display of extraordinary skill.’ This U.S. premiere event comes direct from Stockholm and turns the Kimmel Center stage into a circus of dizzying tricks and gravity-defying stunts bursting with comedy, chocolate, 400 roles of tape and out-of-this-world airborne geometry!

“Warning: This show delivers an unforgettable multi-sensory experience that will not be forgotten. The physical rigors are real. The backflips are bold. The fun is unrelenting.”

Here’s a chance to send all your friends in the area to see an amazing juggling show in a real theatre.


Wired article and video: The Physics—and Physicality—of Extreme Juggling

There’s an good juggling article and video at Wired.com about the limits of juggling. Wired interviews Alex Barron, world record holder for balls, and shows him flashing 14 balls and talking about aspects of juggling large numbers of balls. Is 15 possible?

Opportunities / Marketplace

From time to time organizations outside the IJA ask us to make members aware of opportunities and/or items that may be of interest to some IJA members. The IJA does not officially endorse any particular item listed here.

STREET SAVVY is a new competition show hitting America’s biggest cities that will feature the smartest, most dynamic, and savviest people across the country. The series will feature real people as they hit the streets to embark on a challenging, timed marathon of riddles that will test general knowledge and their way around their home city. Being quick on your feet won’t necessarily take you far in this game, but being quick-witted will!

The series will take place in San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta and New York City, but for the pilot episode we’ll be shooting only in NYC. For the pilot episode, we’ll be looking for individual players as well as teams of up to 4. The team who solves the most riddles in the allotted time will win the Prize! Will you take the STREET SAVVY crown of your hometown!

How STREET SAVVY works (pitch for participants): You OR your group will meet our producers/film crew at a New York City intersection for the reveal of the first location (NYC landmark, hip restaurant, or a local business), where you will be given your first riddle. Each riddle will be a question that will help reveal the next NYC location. If you guess correctly, you will find your next riddle waiting at the next location. There will be a continuous series of riddles that will get tougher as each team advances further. When the time expires, the game will end and we will score how far you progressed and we will reveal if your team has won the STREET SAVVY crown. Do you OR your team have what it takes?

Casting Director: Eugene Lion – StreetSavvyCasting@gmail.com

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Upcoming juggling festivals

Below is a list of some upcoming juggling festivals. For a list of even more fests, check our worldwide juggling event listings.

To get a festival listed here for free, just drop a note to us at ijanews@juggle.org. Hey, jugglers want to know about juggling fests. Help them out and get more jugglers to your fest at the same time.

Flatland Juggling Festival 2018

8 Jun – 10 Jun 2018
UNMC Center for Healthy Living, 39th & Jones, Omaha, NE 68198 USA https://www.facebook.com/events/311425116046784/

Boulder Juggling Festival

15 Jun – 17 Jun 2018 Boulder, CO USA https://bouldercircuscenter.net

Encuentro Salvadoreño de Malabares y Circo (includes IRC)

16 Jun – 17 Jun 2018
San Salvador, El Salvador https://www.facebook.com/encuentrodemalabarismosv/

Russian Juggling Convention 2018 (includes IRC)

27 Jun – 1 Jul 2018 Saint Petersburg, Russia https://rjc2018.ru/

Festival Periplo Movimiento Internacional de Circo (includes IRC)

9 Jul – 21 Jul 2018
Guadalajara, Mexico https://www.elperiplo.com/festival/

71st Annual IJA Juggling Festival

16 Jul – 22 Jul 2018
Springfield, Massachusetts USA https://juggle.org/festival/

41st European Juggling Convention 2018, Azores

28 Jul – 5 Aug 2018
Sao Miguel, Azores Portugal


Graülich Fire Juggling Convention

14 Sep – 16 Sep 2018
Rodemack, France https://www.facebook.com/GraulichConventionFeu/

2018 Kansas City Juggling Festival

21 Sep – 23 Sep 2018
Kansas City, MO USA https://kansascityjugglingclub.com

Manipulation 2018

18 Oct – 21 Oct 2018
Idyllwild, CA USA https://www.facebook.com/events/1847649455487465/

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