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i figure this would be a good place to start [Aug. 11th, 2006|10:12 pm]
We Throw Up and Catch It
hey guys, my name's chris and i'm very interested in getting into contact juggling. i was curious if anyone could recommend me a good place to start learning, a dvd or website, anything would be awesome.

heck, any advice on where to start for standard juggling would be amazing as well.

thanks in advance.

[User Picture]From: lars_larsen
2006-08-12 06:22 am (UTC)
Get a lacrosse ball. Practice forking it between your first and second fingers, or first and middle fingers (depending on what feels right). Then GENTLY throw it so it just barely goes over your finger tips and catch it gently on the back of your hand. Then do the same thing the other way. As you get better its less of a throwing motion and more of a rolling over the tips of your fingers in that moment of zero-g motion.

Then you move on to rolling from one palm to the other, or the back of one hand to the other, and you can do tricks like the butterfly.

There are lots of instructional videos on the net, I was just too lazy to dig them up. There are some on those sites. Search for more. You really need to see someone instructing you on how to do it in order to learn.

I havent put very much time into contact juggling. But I do catch balls on the back of my hands during normal ball juggling.

When done right, with clear acrylic spheres, its utterly hypnotic. I would practice it more, but its not part of my act, so I really cant justify taking the time to learn it. Maybe this winter when I'm cooped up inside. :)

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