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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.

The Art of Juggling – solo street show version premiere

I’m going to be performing at some street show festivals this year, so got out the old Art of Juggling gear and put together a solo version. It was a lot of fun! The old version had two people, me and Pola, with one person doing the juggling and the other person doing the painting. Now I had to learn both parts and fit them together in a way that makes sense, has a logical progression, and tells a story.

Here is a video of my first ever performance of the new act, performed in my own home at the Open Stage in the Living Room in May 2014.

The Art of Juggling – solo street show version premiere from luke burrage on Vimeo.

The full street show will start with a 10 minute diabolo section, move on to the act as performed above, up until the knives come out. Then the music will stop and I’ll perform my standard rola bola knife juggling routine, which is another 10 minutes of comedy and audience participation, rather than just the trick as presented.

A higher quality video is available via YouTube, but it is blocked in many countries due to music rights issues.

And here is the original street show version featured me and Pola.