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Topic: Juggling Shower, Flash, what does it mean?
Message: Posted by: Mark Martinez (Jul 8, 2003 02:45PM)
Hello All, I am a magician but I do do some juggling. I can do a three ball cascade and many three ball tricks. I also can do 4 four ball synchronous, working on an synchronous.

I have been gathering information on juggling five balls but in some of the instructions they say to practice for five balls, do a three ball flash! What is that? Flash?

Is a shower different than a cascade? Or are they the same?

Thanks for any help!
Message: Posted by: philipi56 (Jul 9, 2003 08:07AM)
Hi Mark, a flash is where you throw all three balls into the air so fast that your hands are empty for a second or two. To do this, juggle a low cascade and throw the three balls in to the air like boom, boom, boom. When I was learning five, I would flash 3 and clap with the time I had. You should also check out Boppo's numbers notes [url=http://www.jugglingdb.com/articles/index.php?id=20]Here![/url] Yes, a shower is different than a cascade. When doing a shower, one hand throws the balls up (probably your right hand) and the left hand passes the balls quickly to the right.

Hope this helps,
Message: Posted by: Mark Martinez (Jul 9, 2003 11:19AM)
Ok, so if I read this correct, a shower is where the balls chase each other around in a circle?

Thanks for the help! All of the juggling I do has been self-taught from stuff I have seen; I had no idea what it was called!
Message: Posted by: philipi56 (Jul 9, 2003 01:00PM)
Yes, that's correct.
Message: Posted by: Mark Martinez (Jul 10, 2003 07:46PM)
Thanks for the quick answers philipi56!

Know of any good juggling books that might help me learn 5? Even more tricks with 4?
Message: Posted by: philipi56 (Jul 11, 2003 09:11AM)
There is a really good book called the Encyclopedia of Ball Juggling. It is written by Charlie Dancey and has everything from 3 to 7 balls and passing.

Message: Posted by: Mark Martinez (Jul 14, 2003 06:14PM)
Thanks Phillip, I'll check that out. Know of any place I can get a good deal on it?!
Message: Posted by: philipi56 (Jul 14, 2003 09:22PM)
There are a couple used on Amazon.com and it really doesn't matter if it's used because it will get worn any way. [url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/stores/offering/list/-/189859113X/all/ref=dp_pb_a/103-0441285-7440607]Here's[/url] the link.

Also try: [url=http://www.dube.com]here[/url] and [url=http://www.seriousjuggling.com]here[/url] are good places if you want it new.

[url=http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/dancey/encyclopedia.html]Here[/url] is the book's home page if you would like to have a little more info.

Hope this helps,
Message: Posted by: Missing_Link (Jul 15, 2003 01:17PM)
Try [i]The Complete Juggler[/i] by Dave Finnegan—covers 3, 4, 5 balls and more.

Charley Dancey's book is good too.

[i]Beyond the Cascade[/i] by George Gilson is great for more sophisticated three-ball stuff and he has some useful tips for starting out with five.

There are other books out there but buy the time you can do everything in these three, you'll be ready to work in Atlantic City!!
Message: Posted by: Mark Martinez (Jul 18, 2003 10:28AM)
I ended up buying [i]The Complete Juggler[/i] by Dave Finnegan and this looks like a great place to start. Not only can I learn the names of some of the things I learned by copying others, I can learn some new stuff!
Message: Posted by: Lithix (Jul 24, 2003 11:55PM)
Finnegan's book is an [b]excellent[/b] place to start—has information on a very wide variety of juggling forms. I'd still recommend the Charlie Dancey books though. They cover a much wider range of topics, once you progress past the basics of [i]The Complete Juggler[/i].

Also—I'm not sure if anyone mentioned it or not—but [url=http://www.juggling.org]The Juggling Information Service[/url] is an excellent resource. Click the "Juggling Help" tab and it takes you to FAQs on quite a few juggling-related skills.
Message: Posted by: Paul Jester (Aug 7, 2003 11:27AM)
Another great online resource is http://www.jugglingdb.com. Check the juggling wiki for tricks and you can also ask questions on rec.juggling, plus they have a local club finder and information on up and coming events all around the world.

Great site for juggling.
Message: Posted by: shawlie (Aug 7, 2003 11:39PM)
Another great site is:


It explains loads of great tricks in a nice, clear way.