Editors: Don Lewis & Martin Frost
- Message from the Chair
- 2019 IJA Numbers Championships results
- Halloween 2019
- 73rd Annual IJA Juggling Festival, El Paso, Texas, July 13-19, 2020
- 2018 Festival video available in IJA Store and in eJuggle
- Latest articles in eJuggle
- Upcoming juggling festivals
Message from the Chair
Weather cooling? Warm up with community!
For many of us, the weather is cooling off, and juggling outside is becoming less comfortable. There is no better time to (a) become a 3 ball juggler, (b) visit (or make!) a juggling club, (c) volunteer for the IJA!
If option (c) sounds appealing to you, you’re in luck: we have a handful of positions that the IJA would really benefit from having active volunteers fill. They are:
- 2021 Festival Director
- Direct the IJA festival in July 12-18 in Wichita, KS.
- Why start now? To see how IJA fest organizer veteran Noel Yee organizes this year’s fest. This will save you from having to reinvent the wheel!
- Volunteers Coordinator
- Seek out volunteers when needed.
- Help potential volunteers who are seeking a position to try to find a good match.
- Coordinate fundraising efforts for the IJA (working with marketing director).
- Upcoming: coordinate a Giving Tuesday fundraiser.
- Patreon Director
- Increase the good that our Patreon system does for fellow jugglers!
These are the particularly high-priority positions that we’re looking to be embraced. If you’re interested in any of them, or want to volunteer but don’t know what for, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our enthusiastic team welcomes you!
2019 IJA Numbers Championships results
Gold: Matan Presberg, 9 balls, 39 catches
Silver: Spencer Androli, 9 balls, 25 catches
Bronze: Vinny Carter, 8 balls, 27 catches
4th place: Tom Whitfield, 8 balls, 18 catches
5th place: Mark Fiore, 8 balls, 17 catches
(Notable result: In warmups, Tom Whitfield qualified 10 balls. In the Championships, judges perceived that he achieved 20 catches of 10 balls. Mr. Whitfield contended that he only made 19 catches. Video review confirmed that 19 catches was correct. The Co-Directors commend Mr. Whitfield for his outstanding good sportsmanship.)
Gold: Jonah Botvinik-Greenhouse, 8 rings, 44 catches
Silver: Delaney Bayles, 8 rings, 35 catches
Bronze: Scott Sorensen, 8 rings, 24 catches
4th place: Nicolas Souren, 8 rings, 16 catches
Gold: Jonah Botvinik-Greenhouse, 7 clubs, 52 catches
Silver: Jack Denger, 7 clubs, 43 catches
Bronze: Spencer Androli, 7 clubs, 38 catches
4th place: Delaney Bayles, 7 clubs, 30 catches
5th place: Michael Pearce, 7 clubs, 27 catches
Individual Ball Bouncing
Gold: Nick Jamesson, 8 balls, 41 catches
Silver: John Jones, 8 balls, 23 catches
Gold: Tom Whitfield & Mark Pender-Bare, 13 balls, 90 catches
Silver: Stefan Brancel & Peter Kaseman, 13 balls, 83 catches
Gold: Zak McAllister & Delaney Bayles, 12 rings, 55 catches
Silver: Chris Lovdal & Ben Hestness, 11 rings, 102 catches
Bronze: Cameron Ford & Mark Pender-Bare, 11 rings, 89 catches
4th place: Noah Schmeissner & Jonah Botvinik-Greenhouse, 11 rings, 81 catches
Gold: Jack Levy & Ben Hestness, 11 clubs, 52 catches
Silver: Tony Kaseman & Michael Pearce, 10 clubs, 55 catches
Bronze (tie): Graham Paasch & Nick Aikens, 10 clubs, 51 catches
Bronze (tie): Mark Pender-Bare & Cameron Ford, 10 clubs, 51 catches
5th place: Stefan Brancel & Peter Kaseman, 10 clubs, 47 catches
Ball Bounce Passing
Gold: David Critchfield & John Jones, 13 balls, 56 catches
Silver: Mark Pender-Bare & Cameron Ford, 12 balls, 58 catches
Three-Person Club Passing
Gold: Ben Hestness, Chris Lovdal, & Jack Levy, 14 clubs, 133 catches
Silver: Peter Kaseman, Tony Kaseman, & Stefan Brancel, 14 clubs, 115 catches
(Other result: Laura Kaseman, Mark Pender-Bare, & Cameron Ford, 13 clubs, did not qualify)
Co-Directors: Merry Spahr & Scott Cain
Judges: Jimmy Robertson, David Cain, Laura Kaseman, John Jones, David Critchfield, Jack Kalvan, and Ben Hestness
Sergeant at Arms: Larry Mock
Halloween 2019, by Don Lewis
It is the end of September and Halloween is about a month away. I still get lots of kids coming to my door for candy each year. When else do you get to see so many kids that quickly? In areas that discourage trick or treating there might be Safe Halloween events that would enjoy having a juggler animate the event.
On Halloween nights when it isn’t too cold, I stand out on the porch and juggle while kids and parents do the rounds. It’s a good occasion to use some of my lighted props. Some kids self identify as jugglers, having learned to juggle balls and scarves in school programs. They tend to get a bit more candy, and information about local juggling resources.
The IJA business card is one way of getting information about juggling out to young people. You can download and print some to give away to young hob-goblins. If you have a local juggling club, print that information on the other side. You never know when a seed that you have spread will take root and thrive. Putting our web address out there will get at least a few hits.
Parents tend to wander around with herds of kids to keep the kids safe, and themselves amused. I regularly hear comments like “I used to juggle a bit in college…”. You need to encourage them to get back into it. It can be a great activity to share with the kids. There are lots of parents looking for fun activities to do on their day with the kids.
There are those who are discouraged by the price of good props, particularly clubs. The Green Club Project solves that problem. You can make really well balanced clubs from mostly recycled materials. Plans are available for free in English, French, and Spanish on the IJA website. I’ve made lots of these clubs and given them away. They are very easy to make and are nearly indestructible. I’ve even seen illuminated Green Clubs with dollar store LED sets added that look fabulous.
Outreach is important. Tomorrow’s club passers have to come from somewhere. You just never know when a small gesture is going to grow into a brand new juggler!
73rd Annual IJA Juggling Festival
El Paso, Texas, July 13-19, 2020
Next year’s IJA festival will be returning to the popular and convenient venues of the 2016 IJA fest in El Paso, TX, where things have been spruced up to be even better. More info will be available by early 2020. Save the dates: July 13-19, 2020.
2018 Festival video available in IJA Store and (free) in eJuggle
The DVD is up and can be purchased in our online store here: https://ym.juggle.org/store/ViewProduct.aspx?id=12959088
IJA members can view the festival video for free in segments within these four eJuggle articles:
Latest articles in eJuggle
- 09/24 2019 IJA Fest Review (by Cindy Marvell)
- 09/20 The European Juggling Convention 2019 – Review – Newark on Trent (UK) (by Jon Peat)
- 09/18 IJA Tricks of the Month by Santiago Rivera from Guatemala | Juggling (by IJA Tricks of the Month)
- 09/17 Troy Grisa on “Drop Everything” podcast with host Dan Holzman (by Daniel Holzman)
- 09/11 Tricks of the Month by Gerardo Ávila (Goofy) of México (by IJA Tricks of the Month)
- 09/09 The Invention and Reinvention of the Plastic Spinning Plate: Part 1 (by David Cain)
- 09/06 The History of Poi Swinging Within the Juggling Community (by David Cain)
- 09/03 Mr. Boomerang (by David Cain)
- 09/02 IJA Ball Juggling Tutorial – Frostbite – Andrew Olson – Patreon Sponsored (by Mike Moore)
- 08/31 IJA Tricks of the Month August by South American collaboration / Juggling (by IJA Tricks of the Month)
- 08/30 The Great Whistling Diabolo Test (by David Cain)
- 08/27 IJA Tricks of the Month by Kanerva Keskinen from Finland | Club Juggling (by IJA Tricks of the Month)
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 email@example.com. Hey, jugglers want to know about juggling fests. Help them out and get more jugglers to your fest at the same time.
Philly Fest 2019
4 Oct – 5 Oct 2019
Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, 6452 Greene St, Philadelphia, PA 19119, USA
Kansas City Juggling Festival 2019
18 Oct – 20 Oct 2019
9301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64114 USA
1 Nov – 3 Nov 2019
555 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
St. Louis Jugglefest 2019
1 Nov – 3 Nov 2019
Lopata Gallery, campus of Washington University, St. Louis, MO USA
Brno Juggling Convention 2019/2020
29 Dec 2019 – 1 Jan 2020
University campus, Brno, Czech Republic
47th Annual Madfest ( 2020 )
17 Jan – 19 Jan 2020
Madison, WI, USA
42nd Annual Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival
7 Feb – 9 Feb 2020
Yaarab Shrine Center Recreation Building, 400 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308 USA
Minnesota Mondo Juggling & Unicycle Festival
14 Feb – 16 Feb 2020
235 Hamline Avenue South, St. Paul, Minnesota USA
Jongles-tu? World Record Attempt
9 May 2020
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
73rd Annual IJA Juggling Festival
13 Jul – 19 Jul 2020
El Paso, TX USA
43rd European Juggling Convention
1 Aug – 9 Aug 2020