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club classroom #7 squeeze scissor catch

Juliane took a photo of Juliane taking a video of the end of my squeeze catch workshop at the EJC 2014. In the workshop I tried the most difficult squeeze catch variation I know, involving 3 clubs and a scissor catch. The photo and video are above. The trick is insane.

See previous club classroom videos:

#6 slide!
#5 floor bounce 423
#4 club balance debalance
#3 club slide to balance
#2 club hit-launches
#1 club squeeze catches


Challenge: new lowest 9 ball flash

After a conversation on Facebook, I’ve decided to set a new record for other jugglers to break. Lowest 9 ball flash! That’s 9 throws and 9 catches of 9 balls, using the same rules as the JISCON, but with two new measurements:

1. Highest point of the highest ball in the pattern from the floor.
2. Lowest point of the lowest ball/hand from the floor from the start of the throwing motion of the first throw to the end of the catching motion of the last catch.

The two new records this can track is:

A. The lowest 9 ball flash from the floor to top of the pattern (so juggling sitting or kneeling down helps, and short people are at an advantage).
B. The lowest “total pattern height” of the 9 ball flash (so purely about speed of throwing, control and catching reflexes).

In three days/sessions, this was the 9 ball flash that did best in both records. Floor to top of pattern: 232cm. Total pattern height: 148cm.

The first day I tried (and only for about 5 minutes) I got a good total pattern height of 162cm, with the floor to top of pattern height of 262cm.

The second day I tried I got a better/lower floor to top of pattern record of 236cm, but due to the very low last catches the total pattern height was 172cm, a bigger span the first day’s attempt:

I hope some other jugglers attach a tape measure to a pole, put it at the same plane as their hands, and try to beat my record. Or set records for other juggling patterns. I think the 86cm total pattern height of my 7 ball flash could be beaten.


Stab Joy

Have you watched Wes Peden’s Throw Joy video yet? Well you should! It’s the best value €15 I’ve spent on juggling this year.

If you haven’t seen Throw Joy, you might not get any of the references in the Stab Joy video above, but I think you’ll enjoy it all the same. It’s what Juliane and I made when it was raining outside and Juliane needed distracting from an impending exam.


Berlin 2014 Fight Night

For the 10th year in a row, the Berlin Juggling Convention has hosted a Fight Night tournament. This year 28 jugglers took part, either in qualification or in the knockout rounds. Due to the more rigorous qualification process, along with the size of the tournament and its position as the second most prestigious event, the points value was bumped up from 500 in 2013 to 750 this time round.

Who won?

Watch this video to see Eóin Allan and Jochen Pfeiffer battle it out in the epic final match. Eóin beat Jochen in qualification… did he get a repeat victory in the final?

Congratulations to the two finalists, also Rufus Oelkers for taking third place and Fabio Zimmerman for coming in fourth.

All the other results and details can be found on the Berlin 2014 page on Fight Night (Beta).

The next Fight Night will be at the EJC 2014 in Millstreet, Ireland, will have a full round-robin qualification and be worth 1000 ranking points for the winner. Eoin and Jochen will be back, but so will many, many others who will do their best to stop them reaching the final.


Berlin Juggling Convention 2014 photos (all full resolution files)

My 11th Berlin Juggling Convention in a row! The show organizer, Corinna, asked me to take photos of the Gala Show.

The easiest place to view all the photos is on Facebook, where you can like, share, comment, tag… and otherwise see what other people think about them. See the Facebook album.

However, I do like to share every photo here on my blog, and make it easy for those interested to download the highest resolution and best quality image. All images on my blog (unless otherwise stated) are under a Creative Commons 3.0 license, which means you can use them for non-commercial purposes, as long as you credit me and provide a link to this blog post for others to find them. If you want to use these photos for a commercial purpose (eg. in promotional material and on professional websites), email me at luke@juggler.net and I almost invariably give permission.

Fight Night Qualification.

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Fight Night Participants.

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