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boynextdoor
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Are there any videos that just seem to stand out?

And how on EARTH can you decide on what size to get at first? Do you even need a legit CJ ball? Or can you get good practice with a lacrosse or baseball?
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If you are just beginning a larger ball is easier to handle.
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Lawrens Godon
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Hi,

I suggest you visit contactjuggling.org...
All beginners tips are there, plus much more !
Have fun !
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I teach/ recommend a lax ball, it is a bit on the small side but otherwise is what you want. base balls have stitching to get in the way.
www.pokie-poke.com
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boynextdoor
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Ok, thank you all so much!
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boynextdoor
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That website really is good!
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There are a variety of videos out there now, "Contact Juggling, part one" and part 2 are pretty good, though the first video only teaches about 21 tricks, and the second only teaches about 10 or 15. There's "Sphereplay," but I've never watched it, so I can't give an informed opinion. And there's my own videos, "The Visual Encyclopedia of Contact Juggling." which is 4 volumes, with about 150 tricks total. They range from absolute beginner to moderately insane difficulty. And are not neccessarily classed in the order from beginner to advanced. The first volume is all about one ball moves, and lays a good groundwork for learning. The second is all on palmspinning 1 to 4 balls, and the moves are a combination of super-easy to advanced. The third is mainly some advanced one ball bodyrolling, and multi-ball bodyrolling (doing butterflies and armrolls with 2-4 balls) and the fourth is all on palmspinning 5-10 balls at a time, from reletively easy (as in if you can spin three balls in one hand you can learn the trick very quickly) to very advanced. Now I'll admit to being very biased toward these videos, but I put years of work into making them the most complete instruction on contact juggling to date, and contain more information per video than any other instruction out there. (Okay that's enough shameless self-promotion)

As far as deciding on what size balls to get and what type to learn with, I have a few tips. First for the one ball 'bodyrolling' style moves, depending on the size of your hands 2 3/4" to 3 1/2" is good. Most settle on 3" as ideal. If you want to learn a lot of broad arm and chest roll moves, 4" balls are great. The hands down best type of ball to get is the acrylic, though for a cheap practice ball, stage balls available from juggling websites are good, also lacrosse balls are nice. The important thing is that they are large enough, but not so large that they dwarf your hand, and that they are heavy enough that they don't fly off your hand if you bump them wrong. Besides all the cool "isolation" moves rely on a somewhat heavy ball. If you want to learn palmspinning, you need a slightly smaller ball depending on the size of your hand, and you need a smooth textured ball that doesn't have any grip to it so that the balls can glide freely against one another without sticking. Again, acrylic is best in this case, and because you tend to drop a lot less with palmspinning, they are excellent to learn on as well. If you want to find out what size is best before ordering some, go to a craft store and find where they keep all those round wooden balls that they use for crafty type projects. Try several different sizes, by placing four balls in your hand, three on the bottom and one on top. If you can move your little finger and just barely touch the top ball from the side (inbetween the lower balls) those are probably perfect. Unless your hands are microscopic I wouldn't go any smaller than 2 1/2" as they become hard to see from a distance and they also become difficult to do butterfly type moves with in case you want to intigrate the two styles. I personally use 2 3/4" balls as they are as large as I can comfortably go and still do the largest variety of palm spinning moves, up to eight balls(I have small hands)For ten I use 2 1/2" I can do a four ball palm spin with 3 1/2" balls, but it's difficult to do much else. I recommend that you go with as large as you can simply because once you can do palmspins with larger balls, using smaller balls is much easier.
Anyway, that's my recomendation. I wish you much success in learning. It's been one of my favorite hobbies for many years, and I use it in my professional act all the time. Have fun!
Matthew Olsen

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