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August 15, 2008

Juggling and Some

This blog is mostly links dedicated to juggling. It is especially heavy on how to juggle for both beginner and experienced. I also have information on making your own props. To go with some links I added files and photos so this will not just become another links page. This page is constantly in progress so do check back often. I have most of this together at another place already, I just need the time to move it here. Most links can be found through searches but I hope to save you from having to plow through the less useful ones.



The listings will be as follows so you can see what will be here or to see if you wish to read further. Those in color have some content started. Those in black have yet to be started but check back. I hope to add a few more nearly each day as time allows.

Most recent update: Aug 15, 2008                 All links open in a new window.

Useful general sites you will want to visit

How to juggle-videos

  1. 3 Balls
  2. 4 Balls
  3. 5 or more Balls
  4. Clubs -learn at least 3 ball cascade first.
  5. Pass Juggling

How to juggle-text

  1. 3 Ball
  2. 4 Balls
  3. 5 or more Balls
  4. Clubs

Contact Juggling Instructionals (video)

How to make your own props

  1. Balls

  2. Clubs

Where to buy props





!!!The wordpress formatting is driving me nuts. I am trying to keep this organized so it is not so cluttered but the formatting in wordpress fights me the entire time. Sorry if it becomes a mess.

 Useful general sites you will want to visit


How to juggle-videos

  • 3 Ball

If you are just learning, use bean bag balls if you can. They do not tend to roll away. The cheapy ones in kits at the bookstore are too light but at least it is a start. It is best if they have enough weight to land solid in your hand. See below on how to make your own.

If you are just starting to learn juggling, start with the 3-ball cascade. Learn it well. Once you have this one perfected, you can then branch off to all of the other tricks. Be patient, it will suddely come to you. Some people get it right away, many may take a week or more.


3-Ball Cascade Links:    

Use this one first: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-WUktdg7bc&feature=related then try this one  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb7G-8ObKGM&feature=related

3-Ball Patterns (after cascade!): No order of difficulty here.

4 Balls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEWq_5I3eXc&feature=related

5 or more Balls: http://www.youtube.com/user/JugglingTricks


Clubs-(learn 3 ball cascade first) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC4aG04_1w0&feature=related


Contact Juggling Instructionals





 Contact juggling involves rolling a ball across your body in a particular, fluid way that I cannot really describe well here. When done right, it looks like magic. I recommend a stage ball on which to learn. Acrylic balls scratch easy and are more expensive, though they look more impressive. You will see both in the tutorials. When I track down a video I saw on someone doing all of this right I will post it. Unfortunately there are not many great videos of this that capture the effect. Let me know if you know of some.


How to make your own props

Sometimes you will want to save wear on your good props due to practicing or lending to other people. Or you may want to try juggling but not invest in it until you know you will like it. Here I have listed some sites where you can learn to build your own props.

  1. Balls:   http://www.jugglingdb.com/compendium/skills/equipment/making/balls/barnesybags.html and http://www.juggling.org/help/other-props/beanbags.html  and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muToByqKH_I&feature=related  The last link is a video for making balls with balloons and birdseed.
  2. Clubs
  •  Green Clubs: These clubs are made from household items and work very well. I like these very much. Not very hard to make but the first one can be a challenge. Text and pictures are listed below.

Read this first : green-club-project pdf file on how to make the green clubs. (You can download a pdf reader for free. I will post that link soon.)

page-8-letter or page-8-a4   Handle pattern to print onto 8×11 paper.  Use page-9-legal if you have longer paper.

For photos on wrapping the handle (this is confusing in the instructions) go to this flikr site. I took pictures of a club as I made it. Hope it helps.

Video of someone quickly making one of these clubs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8apAP_FZ01U


Where to buy propsI have not tried most of these sites (will let you know if I have). It is up to you if you want to buy from them. Leave feedback if you do buy from any or suggest sites and I will add them here.


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