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ThePrinceofManipulation
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I want to get a surface suitable for bounce juggling that is high-ish above the audience.. Anyone have any ideas on what to use/how to construct something that's stable enough.. Yet able to be transported....
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A heavy top table - perhaps coffee table height
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You could also look into stage platforms. They come in different heights, and the legs fold up. You want to get one that's very sturdy though, if there's any wobble or flex in the platform it can kill some of the bounce of the ball.
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What are your performance conditions and what is your physical orientation in relation to your audience?

Do you want your audience to see the table top?

If so, and you are on the same horizontal plane as your audience, you would need a shorter juggling surface.

If so, and if your audience is beveled upwards, as in a classic “Auditorium” theater, you can use a higher surface.

I can recommend specific products based on the specific experience you want to offer your audience.
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Another solution which works under almost all conditions is to have a portable “step-up” set of stadium seats.

I have seen “miniature” versions of these for sale that are made for easy set-up and strike-down. This summer, I saw a PHENOMENAL juggler from the incredible “Vague de Cirque”, which comes from the beautiful “Iles De La Madeleine.” ( http://www.vaguedecirque.com ). He used the different heights to amazing advantage and the “table top” effect, far from being one dimensional, became a stunning routine. He juggled from the lowest row of seats to the highest, then in reverse; then he transitioned into a seamless mix-up of different altitudes that was truly breathtaking!

That same day, I went home and did a bit of research about how I could practice a simplified version based on this “multi-level” table-top concept.

This is the first time I am writing about it…it is a lower-cost way to juggle on three different levels at the same time and mix up between all three as you wish.

If you find the right model, it is smooth and very stable. It can also be anchored for further stability if required. This great item allows you to use the stage as level one; the seat as level two and the table top as level three. More dimensions can be added if you are standing on the stage and bounce-juggling off the seat and/or the top, then move up to stand on the seat; then move up higher to stand on the top…but I think you are getting the idea by now.

Bonus – good silicone balls sound AWESOME on this surface!

And now, without further explication:

http://www.patiostore.com/backyard/gerbe......334.html
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ThePrinceofManipulation
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I was looking for something a bit more portable.. It seems like the lighter something is the worse the bounce return.
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Are you looking to be on a stage, already above the audience, or will you be at ground level?
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Yea that looks to be about 500 lbs give or take 100 lbs. You should have no trouble moving that with a fork lift.
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On 2012-03-06 16:48, Al Angello wrote:
Yea that looks to be about 500 lbs give or take 100 lbs. You should have no trouble moving that with a fork lift.


I use a forklift with my floating a lady illusion, what is the problem? (other than the fumes from the gasoline)
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Not everyone works on a Vegas stage. Some of us just do school shows.
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