Interact! Combination Trick Creativity

I just read David Cain’s latest article on Combination Tricks and I was thinking about creativity in these types of tricks. I think that there’s a lot of potential to come up with new skills that aren’t usually done as combination tricks.

I actually gave David a couple of the ideas that he added – the yo-yo loops (or around the worlds) and devilstick propeller – both of which I don’t think I’ve seen anyone do as part of a combination trick (other than doing 2-handed yo-yo or devilstick).

Here are some more ideas I’ve got:

  • I’ve seen Rubik’s cube while juggling, but how about also with a balance and on a unicycle?
  • For the head/mouth portion: holding a ping pong paddle in your teeth and bouncing a ping pong ball on it. This may be similar to a head bounce but I have a feeling that it’s much harder.
  • A miniature trick: pen spinning in one hand and coin rolling across the knuckles in the other.
  • Juggling in one hand and poi swinging in the other? Um, maybe not…

Lastly, I’ll share an idea that I originally jotted down on August 2, 1997 (the first day of the 50th IJA convention in Pittsburgh). It was meant to be the finale trick for when I planned (dreamed) to compete in the Seniors in 2000, but sadly, it never made it to the stage. The goal was to try to do a combination trick with as many major props as possible. Here’s what I came up with: Stand on a stack of 3 cigar boxes with the left leg, do one-handed diabolo around the right leg with the right hand, juggle a ball and club in the left hand while spinning a ring spinning around the arm, spin a plate on a mouthstick, and do a face balance of a devilstick with a top hat on top.

What are the most unusual elements you’ve seen in a combination trick? What new ideas can you come up with that you’d love to see?

Please share your ideas below. And you get bonus points if you type the comment while juggling in the other hand and bouncing a ball on your head at the same time!

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Scott Seltzer has been very active in the IJA and the juggling world for a very long time. He co-founded the IJDb, was a member of the JISCON, is on the team of IJC, and is involved in other acronyms with I's and J's in them. Scott is a semi-professional performer and lives in Israel with his two awesome daughters.

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  1. I’m pretty sure Sam Veale performs a combination trick involving yo-yo loops but I can’t find video of it right now… however, probably my favourite skill I’ve ever seen included in a combination trick is also from Sam.

    One hand is occupied solving a “shaky hand game” (those things where you have to move a hoop along a piece of bent wire without setting the buzzer off)

    Basically – I think if you can do it with one hand, one leg, or your face – it’s fair game as a combination trick component.

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