Technical juggling skill has reached an all time high, but the most difficult (and most radical) tricks aren’t performed on stage. What if there was a place to show off these cutting edge tricks? This is a competition where jugglers on the cutting edge can shine.

What is Xjuggling?

Created by Jack Kalvan and Ben Tolpin in 2006, XJuggling is an exciting competition featuring the biggest tricks and the biggest risks. The Best Trick Competition isn’t polished juggling routines or entertainment gimmicks. This isn’t about pretty or perfection; this is about the glory of landing a trick that no one has ever seen or done before. Watch the best jugglers in the world pull off huge tricks, or just crash and burn!

Jack Kalvan has produced the competition at IJA Festival, and it is now going international! The IJA is beginning to hold XJuggling competitions at international festivals, conventions and events. If you are interested in hosting an XJuggling competition at your event, contact IJA Rep, Erin Stephens at: stephens@juggle.org.

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Event Order

3 Balls
3 Rings
3 Clubs

4&5 Balls
4&5 Rings
4 Clubs

6+ Balls
6+ Rings
5+ Clubs

Order of Events

The order of the events will be mixed for maximum variety, and bonus events (passing, diabolo, cigar boxes, mixed props, etc.) will be added if there’s extra time.


Judges decide which trick is the best, and they make their decision based on:
1. Audience reaction (30%) – The “WOW” factor. Did it blow the audience away?
2. Difficulty (30%) – Was it difficult and risky?
3. Creativity (20%) – Is it something we haven’t seen before?
4. Style (20%) – Was the trick executed with style?

How it Works
For each event, competitors line up by the side of the stage. When it’s your turn, you have two tries to present a killer trick, then you go to the back of the line and the next person’s turn begins. After everyone gets two turns (twice through the line), the judges decide the best trick and announce the winner. Then on to the next event!

The winner of each event will receive a limited edition Extreme Juggling medal.

Sign Up
Sign-up on the day of the competition. In fact, you can put your name on the sign-up sheet up until the minute the competition starts. There is no entry fee, but please only sign up if you feel your trick will truly blow people away.


A trick happens fairly quickly. A fancy transition between two patterns is OK, but we don’t want to see a routine. If you have a sequence of tricks that appears to be one unit, the judges may view the whole thing as the trick.

We’d like to say that there are no limits to what can be attempted, but please keep in mind the safety and decency standards of the IJA Festival stage.

No. Juggling chainsaws is extreme, but this competition is not about gimmicks. What’s “extreme” is the skill, risk, creativity, and excitement you’ll see in this competition. It’s about pushing the envelope. You’ll experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, all in short, fast paced competitions.
More action, more emotion, and the drama of competitors going balls to the wall and risking everything. Traditionally, performing jugglers have to play it safe so they don’t drop and embarrass themselves. Always being in-control often leads to the public not appreciating how difficult a skill really is. The excitement comes from seeing the human struggle to briefly gain control of a seemingly impossible physical feat.