How To Juggle
Juggling is a performance art that dates back thousands of years with the first recorded evidence of juggling depicted in Egyptian tomb hieroglyphics. While it may appear easy it takes a little direction and a lot of practice to be a great three ball juggler.
Here are some tips:
Find ideal balls.
A good choice is to find balls that are not too light or too big. If you are just starting to juggle, it is best to use small balls filled with sand. They should fit snugly in the palm of your hand.
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Try using beanbags or purpose-made juggling balls while first learning to juggle. They don't bounce or roll away when dropped, so you spend your time and energy juggling, not chasing dropped balls.
You can also make your own practice juggling balls by filling balloons with fine gravel or sand.Stand Above a Table or Bed
When learning to juggle, you will drop the balls and it's best that you're not anywhere near fragile objects and that you have plenty of space around you.
Stand comfortably with your feet about shoulder width apart. If you can, stand next to a surface, so you don't have to constantly bend down.Start Small
Start with one ball. Throw one ball from one hand to the other hand at head height, in an arc. Get used to the feel and weight of the ball. Notice that the pattern is an arc, and not a circle as you may have thought.
A common mistake made by beginners is to throw the ball high into the air. It's important to ensure that the ball doesn't go any higher than head or eye height. Do not throw too low either, since that will force you to juggle fast, and fast isn't necessary for three balls.
As you get better at throwing the single ball, start trying to move your arms in a gentle circular movement, scooping inward. This is much closer to the final movement that you will use when juggling all three balls. You are not trying to throw in a circle though, just moving your hands this way.Move on to two balls.
Put a ball in each hand. Throw the first ball to your left hand at head height.
Before ball 1 reaches the left hand, release ball 2 towards your right hand and catch. Keep your hand movements open, don't close your hands over the ball after catching.
Throw the second ball is when the first reaches its maximum height. The only difference between this movement and juggling three balls is doing it once more -- so you're almost there.
Keep practicing this movement. Once you get this right, the remaining steps will be much easier.
Move on to three balls. Place two balls in your right hand and the other ball in your left. If you are left-handed, reverse the instructions to fit. Only proceed with this step when you feel confident with juggling two balls.
Remember how you threw the second one when the first one was high up in the air? Now you're just throwing the third when the second one is high up in the air. Same thing. Ready? Set...
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