The “Correct” Way to Train Difficult Tricks

Within the juggling community, it seems a somewhat frowned upon practice to spend extended periods of time attempting a single difficult trick in front of a camera hoping to get lucky and eventually pulling it off. While I wouldn’t recommend making this a primary part of your regular practice routing, I do believe that one can experience significant progress and …

Art and the Value of “Why”

by Eric Jackson We are, all of us, artists. In making things, as simple as an outfit or as complex as a music composition, we are engaging in the creation of art. It may be easy to reject or dismiss the idea that you’re an artist but whether you recognize it yet or not, you are. At the core of …

Finding the Game – Pearls of Juggling Articles #2

FINDING THE GAME! In my book, Pearls of Juggling, there’s a recurring theme that I find very interesting and which I keep turning to, not just throughout the whole book but also throughout most of my work as a whole. This theme is what I call FINDING THE GAME. Finding the game is what makes juggling FUN – it’s also …

Fluid Juggling – Pearls of Juggling Articles

  “Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when motionless, seems to flow.” George F. Will Fluid juggling is the term I have coined for my work on Juggling and Movement. It is the moment in which we stop “practising” and instead just have fun with our props and body at our current level of technique. The emphasis is on …

Juggling with the principles of animation

Even before I learned to juggle, I was interested in animation. It would take a couple years before the overlap became obvious to me, but nowadays I regularly use animation theory in my juggling workshops. Both are visual motion art forms, focusing on the movement of objects and actors. Like a juggler might take a trick, and give his or her …

Assumptions in vanilla siteswap – paths to new patterns

Siteswaps, relatively young as they may be within the history of juggling, have taken their permanent place within the juggling community. Originally discovered as a way to describe juggling patterns, it gave way to an entire new world of patterns. This world has proven so extensive that it becomes impossible to “juggle them all.” However, the framework wherein siteswaps “work,” …

Reasons You Should Fail

No one steps up to bat for the first time and hits a home run, and no one steps up to five clubs and starts doing backcrosses. I look at videos of my early performances and cringe. When starting out you need some ridiculous amounts of optimism to convince yourself that it was actually okay and the next time will …

Notes and queries and a case full of clubs: Concepts

As has hopefully become clear over the course of my writings here, it is vitally important to me to tie conceptual ideas (theory) to actual physical work (practice). This link from theory to practice is easy to demonstrate in a workshop or classroom situation, but somewhat harder to visualise when writing about the process. I have already discussed factors of …

Notes and queries and a case full of clubs: Words of the Week

My last article took one particular theme (efficiency) and explored it as fully as I could. I often tend to fixate on one particular aspect of juggling at a time, and then try to understand and clarify my thoughts and beliefs on said aspect. Sometimes that clarification takes place in a notebook, sometimes in my head, and sometimes in an …