If it's a bit quiet today that may be because everyone is at BBU 2013, Me Río del Valle, London Hoop Fest or BUC.
Viewing all threads tagged #bristol2012, these threads relate to Bristol - The Number 1 Juggling Convention - 2012.
Historical Juggling Props Website Update
9 new entries added today, including a Lottie Brunn stick / club, a
Vladik club, a Two Miagkostoupovs club, and 6 other props. Still have
more coming very soon, but please check out the new stuff for now.
so *that's* what the infamous jugglebug clubs look like.
All those years of hearing them slagged off on rec.juggling back in the 1990s and I'd never actually seen one.
My efforts to dig up a Freaks Jester club aren't getting me anywhere terribly fast at the moment. There is a juggling fest coming up (#bristol2012) which is the sort of fest which attracts a few people who would have been around at the time the Jester was being made and moving in the sort of circles that may have bought some - so I'm going to ask around there and see where it gets me :)
Oh, and OMG! thankyou for making me aware of Tommy Curtin!
It looks like he does the plate/bottle routine (or at least part of it) which I've been enthusing about for the last 10 years but which I've only ever seen written descriptions of, or illustrations! The video you link to only seems to contain a small snippet of that routine though, I'd love to see the full thing.
I got as far as having a wooden practice bottle made for me (which is *gorgeous*) and started learning it, but I didn't find it at all easy. I should put it back on my list of things to play with more seriously.
LP, thanks for looking for the Jester club for me. I would really love to find one, although I know the chances are slim. Tommy is a great guy and still performs. I had lunch with him recently, and he does do that whole classic bottle and plate routine. There's a slight chance I might have the whole routine on video somewhere. I'll have to look into that sometime, or maybe I'll just call or email Tommy and see if he has it. Please keep your eyes open for anything else that might interest me. Thanks.
Seeing that you are using Wordpress is there a reason why you've not gone for a more useful blog format? As it is I'm struggling to find new stuff. If you set up a blog you could tag entries with the prop type, the era, the performer & it would do all the filing for you, & more importantly it could generate an RSS feed. I don't think people visit websites the way they used to, they expect content to be delivered to them. This is why I chuck everything I possibly can into an RSS feed, & use bright orange flags to point out where the new stuff is.
As it is you are expecting visitors to go through every page on each visit in order to find what's new, which as time goes by is an ever increasing ask.
I'm new to Wordpress, but I'll look into that. We're doing some redesign soon, anyway.
I've added two more items today. They are the top two entries at:
Nice additions. Great to see the origins of light up clubs.
On a side-note, I think "Phippipine Pride jugglers " has a few too many p's and not enough l's.
light up clubs go back a bit further than the 1960s
"Salerno" had an act with a set of clubs which lit up, somewhere around 1910 I think. They were swung rather than juggled - they were connected by bundles of cables to a bank of switches back stage so his assistant could make them change colour so letting go wasn't really an option!
There are some long exposure photos of them somewhere on my bookshelf (4000 years, Art and its Artists and "Strange feats and clever turns" being the most likely suspects) which are probably also among the earliest examples of light painting.
But yes. It is nice to see an early example of a light up club! :D
I don't know exactly who used this lighted club. I know a lot about it, just not who used it. I know it was part of a large juggling act using at least 19 lighted clubs at least as early as the 1960's. My understanding is that the circus was located in the UK.
P.S. I have new props to add, but haven't been able to add them yet. Still waiting on tons of stuff, including stuff from four "epic, legendary" level jugglers.
I've dug up some details of the Plate & Bottle routine, and written it up here: http://www.paulseward.com/blog/20120829/plate-bottle-bottle-plate/
If anyone has any video of anyone performing this routine, I'd *love* to see it.
Paul, I'm working on it. The request for a video has been sent!
You're looking for something for me, so the least I can do is return the favor.
To make new additions to the website easier to find, I've added a "Recent Additions" page. Items are listed with most recent items at the top and entries are hyperlinked to the proper page.
The sun needs to make a significant appearance this year! And also the address has a typo. It says fernhilld, should be without d.
Bah! It's "international student move in week" again. I don't stand any chance of making any of it, not even the first weekend.
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