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Tufty -

Turns out the small furry 4 legged denizens of the alps have reduced my juggling balls (already rather aged, they probably date back to 1989 or so) to mere scraps of knawed cloth and a few husks of millet. My white silicon balls and my oddballs have gone crumbly, although the pink silicones are OK. So I'm in the market for some new balls.

Tempted by the spotlight silicones, but not sure what size I need, I'dbe looking for something the size of my old beanbags but don't know what size that is, and it seems the sizes of beanbags have multiplied by confusing amounts since I've been off the scene. I like firm beanbags, not the stretchy type, any idea what would replace my old ones (spotlights, maybe, they came from odballs back in the upper street days)?

Cheers for any advice...

Tufty -

Hey hey hey.

So, it's been a while. A long while. 20 years, more or less, that I've been out of the juggling circuit. 20 years older, less hirsute, and with a bit more baggage around the midriff. Saw Haggis on the Jonathan Pie skit, was gutted to hear that Arabella had died, I had no idea. Then one of Luke Wilson's videos popped up on my youtube feed (his first performance at the Circus Space Cabaret, here -, and then I found out that he'd passed on as well. Tragic.

Anyroadup, I've pulled a few of my old props out of storage. I can still do 5 balls relatively solidly,and most of the old 3 ball stuff is still bang on, thanks, muscle memory. And I just had a pop with the parasols. First time in literally 20 years that I've picked them up, my old RJ balls are dead, so had to use a cheap kid's football, which is way too light, 10 minutes of playing and I can do the curls again. Got some ideas for all that, but they won't involve black light and crappy techno this time :)

A big hello to any of the old Circus Space crew who are still about, I see St3void's still around and active, if any of you are liable to be in the French Alps at any time you'd be most welcome to come and crash.

Tufty - - Parent

If anyone wants a laff, here is literally the first time I picked up a parasol and spun stuff on it in 20 years. Sound's atrocious, framing's not much better.

The Void - - Parent

Blimey, hello. Nice to see you spinning the brolly again. Although it's not the same without someone saying "That's my Daddy! And he's wearing make-up!" in the background. #YouHadToBeThere.


Tufty - - Parent

Hah, that was hilarious. She's 28 now...

Cedric Lackpot -


Stupid Reddit link, click through, it's worth it.

rainbowalice -

Rolla Bolla sliding forward


I've recently started the rolla bolla and have a problem: as I balance and roll left and right, the cylinder slowly slides forward under the board.

I take care to align the cylinder and the board properly. What would cause it to slide forward? Am I putting too much of my weight towards the back or the front? Are my feet somehow not in the right place?

I'm using a play juggling rolla bolla (so it has rubber bands on the cylinder) and I'm practicing on carpet.

Any thoughts appreciated, thanks :-)

Mini - - Parent

The best advice i can give for RolaBola is this

its all in the shoulders.

if you focus on keeping those level and static you can forget about whats going on further down.

7b_wizard - - Parent

does the carpet have thicker and thinner areas maybe so that your roller boller isnt level, else i dont know.

Daniel Simu - - Parent

It would be the easiest to help you if you provide a video, but my guess would be that you rotate the board a bit when you move, and that way walk the board backwards.
If you check to see if the alignment remains correct while you're balancing, maybe you find out what's going on?

Also, carpet is great when you're just starting out, but as soon as you don't feel like the rola bola is dangerous any more, I'd recommend to move to a harder floor. For example you could put a wooden board under the roll, so you can keep training on the same place in the room.

Good luck!

rainbowalice - - Parent

Ok, thanks for your input everyone :-)

I think I'll start by getting a board to put on the floor so I can practice on a hard surface (presumably it doesn't need to be bigger than the balancing board itself?) and if that doesn't help, I'll film myself to see if I'm somehow moving the board on top of the cylinder when I balance.

I will post updates here :-)

rainbowalice -

Introduction :-)

Hello :-) I've just joined the Juggling Edge.

I started juggling in the late 90s and juggled throughout the naughties. I lost interest in the early tennies.

I recently got back into it, probably because of lockdown effect. My eyes get tired because of long hours on the computer (and phone),
and I've found toss juggling can cause eye strain, so I've diversified and I'm now learning rolla bolla and ball spinning.

Which is why I'm here as I want to ask some rolla bolla advice (in another post) :-)

Mike Moore -

The 3Play series is still great. So thanks for those, Peter.

A couple nice words I was reminded of recently:

pumpkineater23 - - Parent

That's a lovely thought. Thank you Mike.

kimoi - - Parent

Your videos are definitely some of the best juggling videos out there, you were my biggest inspiration for the first few months that of juggling and I have yet to see someone who is better than you at 3ball juggling. (that is subjective, of course), I feel like you have literally hit a cap on how clean some of the patterns you do can be juggled haha. Insane stuff man!

I don't want to pressure you, but have you considered uploading a new video? or perhaps getting an instagram which is pretty popular for juggling content aswell? :)

pumpkineater23 - - Parent

Hey thanks for that. There's so much jugging I'm seeing online.. so amazing, beautiful and many many levels higher than mine, really my 3b is pretty bland and basic by comparison.. but big thanks for your great compliments! It's truly a great time to be around for those of us interested in 3b juggling, there's an abundance of mind-blowing stuff to watch and be inspired by.

I still juggle a little most days and I enjoy it. Playing around with it though, I haven't really been putting any time into serious practice for the past few years. During the 'lockdown' I've been trying to learn 531 with the 3s carried across. It's one I've wanted to be able to do for a while. Finding it difficult to lower the 5s and run the pattern.

I might film some juggling soon and see if anything interesting pops up, and if it does I'll upload it.


Mike Moore -

IJA festival workshops are open to everyone this year.

Not just members! If you have any requests for people or topics, let me know and I'll try to make it happen. I'll be doing dots and inverted box, and maaaaybe inverted sprung cascade.

And if you want to teach a workshop, let me know that, too!

(This is kind of a business post, and kind of a personal post. For those who don't know, I'm the chair of the IJA).

Robert Larkin -

Hi I'm new the the forum

The Void - - Parent

Hi Robert,
Welcome. What's your favourite trick?

7b_wizard - - Parent

Hi & welcome, Robert, what is your favourite trick?

Colin E. -

John Cassidy, author of Juggling for the Complete Klutz, has appeared on Hacker News and is taking questions.

I learnt to juggle with that book :-)

Little Paul - - Parent

I was watching old episodes of doctor who (Sylvester McCoy era) the other day, and the Doctor was practicing juggling 3 balls while reading the klutz book.

Must be a good book as he was juggling clubs by the end of the story arc

Little Paul - - Parent (first few seconds) - episode aired in 1988

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