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if I had to explain, you wouldn't understand

stay with it past the first minute. This guy is *really* good.

I once heard a theory about juggling. Juggling three balls, on a scale of 1 to ten, ranks about a three or a four.

Juggling four balls, up to about 8 out of ten.

Juggling *five* balls, about 80.

That kind of crystal ball manipulation? We’re into thousands.

I can teach you to juggle three balls in an hour or two[1]. A couple of hours of decent practice more, and you’ll be at the point where you can impress non-jugglers with your newly-found skills, and be thinking about doing some tricks.

Give it a week, and you’ll get four balls – after all, it’s just two balls in one hand, in each hand. Bit of practice on your weaker hand, and you’ll get there.

Juggling five is an order of magnitude more difficult – throws are necessarily higher, and have to be far more precise as you just don’t have the time to constantly readjust the pattern. And picking up five is hard on the back. :-)

Crystal ball manipulation? It’ll take you weeks to get even remotely smooth with a simple ball-over-the-hand. And that’s with your good hand. Doing the spinny four-ball pyramid? Hard.

Doing what the guy in the video does? Years of practice.

Beautiful to watch though. One day I hope to be half as good as that.

Now, where did I put my crystal ball?

day 15 20SEP2009

[1]No, really I can. You might be shaky on it, but it’s perfectly possible, assuming you can throw and catch one ball from one hand to the other.

Originally published at dakegra


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alicephilippa From: alicephilippa Date: September 7th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC) (linky)
Last time I was down in London the was a chap doing that on the tube. Yes, on a moving tube train. Impressed? You betcha.

dakegra From: dakegra Date: September 7th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC) (linky)
whoa. That's... crazy.

but I like it.
san_valentine From: san_valentine Date: September 7th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC) (linky)
The trouble I had when trying to juggle wasn't the catching, it was throwing the ruddy things so they fell correctly. I might manage three or four good throws, but the balls would soon start to go up and back, or up and forward, instead of stright up.

I was just the same at high school, when playing tennnis. I never mastered the overarm serve because when I threw the ball up, it tended to fly off behind me, or sometimes away to one side.

I'm well co-ordinated in some ways, but the art of throwing things atright up seems to elude me.
dakegra From: dakegra Date: September 7th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC) (linky)
up and forwards is easy. Find a wall and juggle against it. :-)
jugglebug From: jugglebug Date: September 8th, 2010 06:12 am (UTC) (linky)
Or a cliff?
concentrates the mind wonderfully. :-)
maviscruet From: maviscruet Date: September 7th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC) (linky)
F*ck me that's scary shit right there.
fiery_lioness From: fiery_lioness Date: September 7th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC) (linky)
Reminds me of Michael Moshen's routine. Niffy.
paula_abroad From: paula_abroad Date: September 7th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC) (linky)
just WOW
dave_t_lurker From: dave_t_lurker Date: September 8th, 2010 10:57 am (UTC) (linky)
That's rather impressive.
genevra From: genevra Date: September 8th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC) (linky)
Well, I would be a challenge for you to teach then, as I have trouble with the whole throwing-and-catching thing.
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