Hadrien de Crozals is an eighteen year old juggler from Montpellier, France. David Cain (DC) recently interviewed Hadrien (HDC) about his journey so far in the juggling world.
DC: Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself apart from juggling?
HDC: My name is Hadrien de Crozals, I am 18 years old and I am passionate about sports. I’ve always done a lot of sports because I come from a sports family. So I was quickly drawn to the spirit that one could find in sport, the idea of making the best possible performance thanks to hard work! My favorite sports are rock climbing, tennis, and table tennis. I often practice them with my brother, and I also do a lot of sports with my father! Today I am going to study sport at STAPS in France to become a coach for high level athletes!
DC: How and when did you learn to juggle?
HDC: I learned to juggle when I was 12 years old in 2014 in a circus school, and since then, juggling represents the most important thing in my life!
DC: Can you tell us a bit about your journey as a juggler?
HDC: I really always juggled a little alone, in my corner, wanting to do the craziest tricks possible. For 4-5 years, I juggled about 25 hours a week, which is very significant but now with my studies, I juggle a little less. When I returned to high school, I took the circus specialty in my studies because it allowed me to juggle 4 hours more per week. From experience I realized that what interested me was really juggling and its sports side – to push the performances as much as possible so that is why I stopped the circus and headed for the study of sport!
DC: What are your favorite types of juggling to work on?
HDC: First of all, I work mainly with balls because I really wanted to become the best in a field, unlike being good in several fields (balls, clubs, rings). So I specialize in balls! My type of juggling is mainly based on important sporting and physical capacities. I practice juggling as a sport, and my main goal in juggling has always been to push the limits of juggling with balls! And to push these limits I wanted to do tricks that had never been done by someone. I mainly explore the connections with 7 balls. This is where I think my level has exploded. So far I’ve created about 20 tricks that no one has ever done, which is a source of great pride for me because I was able to contribute to the development of juggling performance by pushing the limits of juggling balls! The dream is to leave a trace in the history of juggling!! (eh eh)
DC: You’ve made a big impact in the juggling world in a short amount of time. What type of training schedule do you have that has allowed you to learn so quickly?
HDC: Already thank you for this compliment! I think the most important thing in juggling to be successful can be summed up in 3 words: work, motivation, willpower. As my desire has always been to have an impact on the world of juggling, so naturally I started a lot to work on my juggling to succeed! I think it still has a fairly structured training, for example, I have a routine of tricks that I know by heart and that I do at each start of training to warm up. Then I follow up with tricks that require more work and effort! It is also very important to set short-term and long-term goals. It helps you to take the right direction in your juggling and to know what you want to accomplish in juggling! But the most important thing to be a good juggler is to juggle as much as possible. No amount of time will be too much!
DC: What would you consider to be your greatest accomplishments as a juggler so far?
HDC: I think my greatest accomplishment in juggling is to have become the juggler that I am. I never imagined becoming as strong. In terms of performance, my greatest pride is to have performed tricks that have never been done because, as a sportsman, I have always been attracted by the idea of becoming number 1! I’m glad I did the hardest ball tricks in the world and to be remembered as the one who did the most impossible tricks! I am also proud to have had 4 medals at Open Dutch Championship in 2 years: 2 in bronze, 1 in silver and 1 in gold! And of course also when I see that I am offered to do articles like this then I am very happy because I see that I have an impact on the world of juggling!
DC: Who are your favorite jugglers from the past and from the present and why?
HDC: I’m more inspired by jugglers today because it’s my generation, but I think Anthony Gatto and Vova Galchenko are two monsters and they were the first to highlight juggling performance. But otherwise my youthful idols are Jonah Botvinick Greenhouse and Ofek Snir. Jonah is the one who performs the hardest tricks with clubs and rings, and Ofek pushes the limits of pirouettes with balls! It’s also admirable how they show how juggling can be a physical sport that requires very important efforts!
DC: What are your current plans for your juggling future?
HDC: Unfortunately with my studies I will juggle less, but for later, I will continue to try to do the hardest tricks possible. On the other hand, I will also try to reinforce my skills to create a small show to perform during different events, festivals, concerts… to make money and go around the world to attend juggling conventions!
DC: What do you like the best about the juggling community?
HDC: For me, what is most interesting in juggling is to see that there are many people who share a passion and who, thanks to this common point, manages to outdo themselves! Of course, the juggling community is super benevolent because jugglers always push you to do your best, like leaving comments of wonder or encouragement on the different videos that we do!
DC: What are your favorite online videos of yourself?
HDC: My favorite videos of me on the internet are especially the ones on YouTube, like FALL or The Last, but my favorite video is by far the last one I made “Far From The Limits.” These are for me in this video all the best tricks I’ve ever done and certainly the hardest ball tricks in the world. hehe?