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Topic: Starting Out
Message: Posted by: MagicSarah (Nov 16, 2015 12:56AM)

If I wanted to start learning to juggle (from no experience whatsoever) what world you suggest I put on my Christmas list?

The options seem to be Harlequin-style coloured balls which look quite big and solid of pyramid bean bags (tri-its?)

Any advice on a book or dvd to go with them would be appreciated too. Thank you! :)
Message: Posted by: Low Key (Nov 16, 2015 03:45PM)
Oddballs is a good UK based site
They have some Christmas deals, this http://www.oddballs.co.uk/5-x-juggle-dream-110g-thuds-ultimate-ball-juggling-dvd-instant-juggler-balls-dvd-p-2642.html would be a good one to start with maybe?

YouTube is also a very useful learning tool for juggling, because you can see what you're aiming for.

If you want to juggle balls start with balls. Soft thuds so they don't roll away when you drop them.
Message: Posted by: MagicSarah (Nov 16, 2015 03:54PM)
Thank you. I'll have a look!

I also saw that starting by your bed is a good idea - to make it easier to pick them up again! :)
Message: Posted by: thomhaha (Nov 16, 2015 06:57PM)
Juggling for the COmplete Klutz remains a great learning resource.
Message: Posted by: MagicSarah (Nov 16, 2015 11:15PM)
That sounds *perfect* :)
Message: Posted by: thomhaha (Nov 17, 2015 04:15PM)
I used that book *gulp* 32 years ago to teach myself. I pretty much use its methods to teach juggling still. I plan to go back to it this spring for tips as I relearn 5 balls. Yeah, there's other books - probably even website - but Klutz is simply accessible.

And get (or make) some beanbags. Klutz originally came with soft denim cubes, but if you buy a used copy it may not have those bags. It is worth getting some that you'll stick with later.
Message: Posted by: MagicSarah (Nov 17, 2015 05:38PM)
Thank you. I have hit oddballs as lowkey suggested. Will look into the book too. Thank you for your advice! :)
Message: Posted by: Bodgit (Nov 18, 2015 02:11AM)
I can't praise Oddballs enough. After a house fire, which destroyed virtually everything I owned, Max and Suzy set me up with everything I needed to keep performing and practicing. Jugglers are generally sharing, caring people but they stand out.

I would take a trip to one of the Oddball shops. Under new management now but maintain the same standard of service. Try out different size/weight balls/bags, chat with the staff and any other jugglers.

There's probably a regular juggling workshop in your area. Check them out.

Have fun o/
Message: Posted by: gallagher (Nov 18, 2015 10:27AM)
Hey welcome to the Café!
I suggest, 'The Juggling Book' by Carlo.
Go out of your way,
and find a hard cover version, used.
Basically,..it was the 'beginning',
of the renaissance,
of Juggling.
When you hold it,
smell it,
blick through it,,..
for some strange reasons,
you'll feel the magic,
...and understand 'why'.
,...on top of that,
it's a great teacher.
A holy book.

p.s.: I would recomend NOT juggling over a bed.
Running and moving and 'going for it,...
your reflexes sharpen,
and your tummy gets thin(!).
Later, when you advance,
working in front of a wall, is helpfull,..
,control comes quick(!).
Still, bending for the balls,...
ahhh,..that's what Juggling is all about!

p.p.s.: Oddball Juggling,...Max and Susi,..
gosh those are some names(!),
some old faces,,....
I think Max migrated to Canada,
Susi became a radio announcer in Brighton(!).
They're great folks.
If Max is still kicking?,....?
He was one of the greatest Street Performers,..
,..a true 'odd ball'.
Technically brilliant.
Humourous clever.
Sharp as a dumpling,..
"Sharp as a Lemon"(!),..
that was his line!
A true great.
,...welcome Sarah.
Message: Posted by: MagicSarah (Nov 18, 2015 01:55PM)
My stuff arrived today! That's amazingly quick.Unfortunately they have been snaffled away so I can 'have them for Christmas' :(

Thanks for the tips - I'll pop back to let you know what carnage I've caused and how much thinner my tummy has got!

Bod - I'm so sorry to hear about your house. They do sound like an amazing company though to look after you like that!