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philipi56
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grand rapids, MI
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Does anybody have any helpful advice for mastering this unusually cool club trick? I have an understanding of it, but I just can't pull it off. Thanks, Philip
TroyRoark
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Springfield IL
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Chops is a cool trick. Once you master it, you'll find that audiences love it. It's one of the few tricks that's as difficult as it looks, but once you get it, you'll feel very rewarded!

I'm assuming you know the basic pattern. There are a couple suggestions I can make. One, do doubles on the throws, it slows things down a lot! Secondly, I would break the pattern down to two clubs. Learn how to toss that double, then chop with the other hand. Always work both hands equally.

Dick Franco's "Three Club Juggling" will help greatly. Heck, he's doing the trick on the cover of the book!

Hope that helps.

Troy Roark Smile
Lithix
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Tempe, AZ
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I think it also looks REALLY good with torches... but if you've been performing for awhile and your hands are sweaty... accidents may occur... Probably one of the worst mess ups I've had in a show was when I tried to chop and a lit torch was hurled into the crowd... fortunately no one was injured... but needless to say we got a very light hat and lost some viewers on that show.
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