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Roll call: who's not at the EJC right now?
Let us unite in our miserable loneliness.
I'm not at ejc, I'm tempted to nip out for a Guinness though in sympathy
I don't like this.
I don't need more reminders that I'm missing an EJC.
Closer than usual...but no cigar.
Made a video with all the free time, though.
Couldn't get the time off work, so I'm just chilling here at home.
I'm not at the EJC, I'm at home, having returned from a gig this morning that Circus Kevin couldn't do ... because he's at the EJC! Rah!
Not there.. but looking forward to The Green Man. Hopefully the weather will hold!
Ooh, I'm off to that. Kids and other extended family there too mind so I doubt I'm going to have much time to piss about by myself.
Youtube just suggested I might like:
It wasn't wrong
I expected something really great, but was a bit disappointed...
It contains nothing special or particularly hard! The high stack at the end is just a normal double with some extra height, the blocks on the bottom change nothing.
That is unlike the finale here, the bottom roll is much lower on this stack making it twice as hard!
Or going trough the small hoop while on the double stack
But those are the best variations you will get. Every single solo rolabola performance ends with a 5 roll stack (2 rolls 3 blocks), possibly elevated a bit...
Sometimes one of those 5 blocks is a human: http://youtu.be/5IXNWgG-YrA
The Bugjuggler - proposal for a giant human-controlled automaton that juggles VW Beetles, live, for real, in real time :-O
Not surprisingly, it's just a concept right now, but one which would appear to have required a herculean amount of cocaine to conceive of and not immediately dismiss as completely raving bonkers.
Mark Tillotson is gonna have some catching up to do if this thing comes to fruition!
Maybe stating the obvious, but this will never work with those hands and with such irregular shaped projectiles. Nice animation though.
I have my doubts about the balance/stability of something that talk with a base that small catching things which weigh about a ton each
...& the robot is to be controlled by a person inside it? Juggling is going to be a real challenge for the operator when the arm is going to move a noticeable fraction of a second later than the instruction.
I really hope they can get it to work!
I think I enjoyed Tony Pezzo's latest video.
But not his clothing.
Nice, the mix with the gameshow is cool!
And I am glad I don't need to wear that..
That was great, I completely zoned out and focused on the try, never even noticing the music until the second time I watched it!
If you walk into Walmart wearing your performance costume and nobody stares it is not a costume, just clothes
(by Steve Ragatz?)
Loved the juggling although some of the kick up stuff made me want to call the RSPCA.
I love that quote! Can anyone verify it is indeed (or not) from Ragatz before I jot it down in my notebook and spread it over the world?
I started thinking about this recently when a friend posted a Lido paris video and a costume comment with similar opinion as Ragatz'es was posted...
My most recent act did not have a very special costume, but at least my shoes were an eye catcher...
I'm pretty certain it is from Steve, but it is definitely paraphrased. I think it came from one of his articles in the IJDb compendium but haven't been able to find it again yet...
"If you walk into Walmart wearing your performance costume and nobody stares it is not a costume, just clothes"
Does that also apply if your character/costume is a security guard or cleaner?
I loved the video - overflowing with originality.. as was the juggling.
> Does that also apply if your character/costume is a security guard or cleaner?
Of course it does. Context is everything, and costumes are typically (but not always) out of normal context.
If your outfit doesn't immediately make people think "Er, why is that person dressed like that? There must be something going on here" then it's not doing its job. So, if you are dressed as a security guard or cleaner in the cockpit of a race car, or in a triathlon, or performing surgery in theatre, you will evoke this question. Hanging out at Walmart, not so much.
Although if you're dressed as a security guard in full stage makeup (because obviously you've thought of that haven't you?), that will probably raise an eyebrow or two in Walmart.
I suppose, if the makeup didn't do the trick, you could always wear your pink fluffy puppy shoes.
> ... that will probably raise an eyebrow or two in Walmart.
I doubt it, not much does.
One of the blogs I follow included an article about public speaking recently, http://www.snipe.net/2014/06/why-you-should-stop-stalling-and-start-presenting/
It's written from the point of view of presenting at IT Conferences, but I think a lot of the advice in there also applies to anyone thinking about getting started in performing. I especially liked the sections on "You’re smarter than you think." (because every so often it helps to remember that every juggler I've ever met is better at juggling than 99% of the public) and "Some pre-speaking panic-aversion tricks I’ve picked up" (I'm a big fan of the "even if it all goes wrong, it's only $x minutes of my life" trick several times)
While I'm linking to performance related stuff, I've started listening to The Comedians Comedian Podcast (thanks to Robin Gunney and Phill Blackmore for recommending it to me) which is a podcast all about how various comedians approach writing their material, coping with performance issues etc. I've worked my way through about 20 episode so far and it's been unfailingly interesting.
Stuart Goldsmith (who presents the podcast) is a standup who started out as a street performer/juggler, and when he's talking to other comedians with a similar background it gets really interesting.
If I had to pick two example episodes which I think readers of The Edge would get the most out of, I'd pick:
So, there you go. Have a read, have a listen, let me know what you think!
I saw Noel Britten many times when he was effectively in residency outside the Pump Rooms in Bath back in the early 90s. His was just about the slickest and funniest "do absolutely fuck all and then collect a massive hat" routine you're ever likely to (repeatedly) see, excellent stuff. Rocky The Raccoon for the win!
From what I've heard (from people who live in bath) his walking yours of bath are very much in that vein. Perhaps this summer I'll treat myself to a day out over that way and enjoy them for myself :)
I think for the right bjc, he might make a good oldskool panel member...
> From what I've heard [...] his walking tours of bath are very much in that vein.
Blimey, is he still doing those? I think he diversified into that from street theatre around twenty years ago.
> I think for the right bjc, he might make a good oldskool panel member...
Fuck yeah, word, innit? But he'd need a very muscular chairperson to contain him. Paging Steve Rawlings! Paging Steve Rawlings!
I get the impression he went street -> walking tour -> standup circuit -> back to the walking tours.
With those two on the stage, I don't think you'd need anyone else. I'd just love to hear them swapping stories between themselves
Is that the Bizarre Bath tour? (looks like it is, yes) Nicky & I went on one around 2007/2008 & it was a lot of fun. He handled the heckles very well.
Having now RTFA I think the advice given is more directly applicable to those thinking about running a workshop at a festival. Which themselves are an excellent place to start if you may need to present to an audience at a business conference jugglers are a very friendly, supportive & enthusiastic bunch.
/me wonders what LP's missing footnote was.
I remember that the footnote was terribly witty and insightful, but I can't remember what it was now either...
The boy with tape on his face is from my hometown :)
His show is very clever and damn funny
I've done a lot of public speaking over the last few years as part of my day job (running a small software company building search applications, in case you care). The article gets it spot-on. I've probably found it easier than a lot of other IT people due to my performing experience, and the fact that a lot of other presenters have absolutely NO idea what they're doing - they read their slides in a monotone, facing away from the audience, occasionally looking nervously into the middle distance, while describing obscure software...it's not hard to be better than that. One of my minor triumphs was getting better feedback than a guy from Microsoft at one particular event - and at the time I had some minor lurgy that meant I could hardly stand up, I even asked for a chair to be brought on stage in case I felt faint at some point!
Now some of my work contacts have found out about the juggling, so I occasionally get odd requests - which is why I ended up passing leeks in an Irish rugby stadium... http://youtu.be/7EfnGMEjgK4
As an aside, if anyone ever needs help with public speaking / confidence in front of the public, I wholeheartedly urge you to seek out Tim Sheppard: http://www.timsheppard.co.uk/
I've done several of his "Wild Weekends", which nominally teach public storytelling, but actually teach so much more: http://www.timsheppard.co.uk/wildtimes/ I credit his training in my winning £500 first prize in an "Elevator Pitch" competition a couple of years ago :-)
I think he's moved more into corporate training now (the last date on the Wild Times page is 2011) but still worth checking out.
BTW, he's one of us, having trained at Circomedia / Fool Time.
> BTW, he's one of us, having trained at Circomedia / Fool Time.
Aha! I was desperately trying to recall who he might be, and the only thing that sprang to mind was that he might be the curious old cove was a miniature bookbinder back then (in answer to the obvious question, yes) and lo! and behold - http://www.timsheppard.co.uk/story/tim.html
Some exquisite hand balancing for your delectation.
Shot in someone's utility room by the looks of it, but oh! The skills!
Looks like we finally hit the front page for "Juggling" on Google! (or is that just for me?)
For me it's page one if I'm signed in to google. Page two if I'm not.
I took a quick look to see what 'juggling' urls were available to direct to the Edge. (juggling.co.uk for example). Oddballs seem to already have many in the bag.
This domain is owned by Oddballs Juggling
We are crrently wondering what the best thing to do with it is!
If you have a great juggling idea for this great juggling domain,
then please let us know email@example.com
juggling.com doesn't seem to be loading for some reason. Great url though.
Not that I am any expert, but I read something about google penalising content that appears at more than one URL (because it's a spammer trick).
Don't worry I never try to game the system. I just keep tweaking the site for humans, then I wait for Google to catch up! It may be slow but has served me well over the years.
Interesting to see such variation in results.
I think that's because google profile you, wether you're logged in or not, and give you personalised results.
Even with cookies disabled or cleared, they attempt to profile you based on what your IP address has searched for.
I really wish they wouldn't do that, ever since they started trying to be more "helpful" and "personal" with their search results, it's become harder and harder to actually find what I'm looking for on the internet, rather than what they thought I was looking for. Eg if I type 3 words into the search box, I want hits relevant to all three words - yet google will very often say "2 out of 3 - that'll do!" And miss out a crucial bit of the thing I want to find in the process... Grrrrr!
You may already know this, but if you prefix a word with "intext:" then Google should only show you results that include that word in the text of the page (rather than in the link, or synonyms, etc).
Have you tried using 'verbatim' searches? ("Search tools"->"All results"->"Verbatim") I believe that's the idea behind it. Though I rarely use it so it may have a slightly different use...
Incidentally jugglingedge is bottom of the first page for me with verbatim (second page otherwise)
For me on an iPad the Edge is on page three, right above google's r.j. The first page is full of local Minnesota juggling info and adverts.
for me the Juggling Edge listing for Berliner JonglierConvention 2014 is number 6 & 7 on page 1 of google search for juggling.
Kaskade archived! I received this in an email from Gabi:
"Kaskade archive is online on www.kaskade.de
All 112 issues of Kaskade 1984 – 2013 are now online for free download on www.kaskade.de.
If you would like to add some of the printed copies to your collection, they can still be ordered as long as stock lasts.
Check it out. we hope you like it. Please spread the news.
That's excellent news. Great to see the content available for all.
That is exciting news! That should give me plenty to leaf through when I'm bored!
Yesss! I was looking forward a lot to this!
Too bad I have no clue where to start.. Any golden nuggets in there I should know about?
I started getting Kaskade from issue 7, so look forward to looking at the first 6 issues.
Start with issue 59. An interesting article about Anthony Gatto and also a great "article" at the back!
Thanks, that was a good start indeed!
Also, that is the most ridiculous juggling advertisement I have ever seen, but I did laugh ;)
There is a list of articles on www.kaskade.de/en/archive-overview/ separated into issues 1-74 and 75-112.
There is also a list of articles in the first 34 issues on page 13 of issue 35 or a list of contents of the first 42 issues on juggling org
There is an article on page 30 of issue 23 about how jugglers with access to a computer at work or university could communicate with other jugglers around the world via e-mail.
Wow. I scrolled down and there's an event in Tbilisi in the USSR. That dates it somewhat more in my mind than the IT stuff.
I wonder if that was the Georgian convention in around Sept. '90? I was going to go because I had some money and it seemed exotic, but ended up at circus school instead. Haggis went and was completely blown away by everyone doing 5c backcrosses like it was normal. Dem Russkies took juggling very seriously.
Thanks for sharing, Void!! Can't wait to dig through it all!!
Flies in amber ... Skate Naked stylee.
I was lazily tooling around the internet last night and a comment in the chat room got me thinking about dear old Skate Naked, so I went rummaging on the web. I was hoping to find the old Secret Cabaret segment where they simultaneously perform rotating one-handed planches on handbalancers' supports.
You know, the one where they have sparklers up their arses. Again.
Anyway, no dice on that one, but of course I ended up looking at their tragically antiquated website and went nosing around the photo gallery which has lots and lots and lots of marvellous pictures of Pete and Paul cocking around on streets and stages all over the shop. And seemingly every single picture is around twenty or more years old! It's a lovely bit of modern history, little gobbets of the recent past preserved like flies in amber.
Enjoy them. I did.
I've got all of series 1 of secret cabaret, and most of series 2 - unfortunately SN aren't in any of the shows I've got.
There is a secret cabaret dvd doing the rounds, but it only has Simon Drakes performances, and none of the guest acts, so it's no help with filling in my missing episodes.
Things I enjoyed at Bungay this year:
Joining Kat & Guy for a bike ride. The last time I rode a bike was at the EJC in Denmark in 2003. Riding something with 2 wheels felt really weird. Lounging around in Kat's enormous camp kitchen chatting to friends & enjoying Kat's fantastic raisin & ginger flapjacks. Watching Guy flying his quadcopter over the buttercups while cooking dinner. Meeting some old friends who moved to Norfolk a couple of years ago for dinner at the Huntsman & Hounds. Playing Caverna with the ever so slightly competitive Kat (I won the first game, Kat ground everyone into a very fine powder in the second). This was mostly enjoyable due to all the, "have you got wood for sheep?" type remarks. The mass trip to the beach at Southwold, a really lovely town with many pleasingly wonky buildings. A nice walk along the dunes & the beach with Jo. A dip in the sea. Bonkers contraptions on the pier. Aurelian's ridiculously catchy rum-gin-vodka song. Very yo-ho-ho. Playing table tennis with Lynne & maintaining a rally while turning pirouettes in between each shot. Volleyclub with Abbi, Barnesy, Susannah, Brook, Mandy, Sarah, Ewan, Richard & others I have probably forgotten. Ewan getting annoyed with the bunting while trying to do the Bungay trick. Playing Civilisation with Ron, Casper, Andy & Scooby for 6 hours. Going way beyond my usual passing ability with Brook. Officially sanctioned Bungay chairs. Managing a respectable run of LP's golf club balance. Dominating Becky, Lizzie & Jamie at Settlers of Catan. Making stupid mistakes while playing Quarto with Kat. Winning my first ever game of croquet! Including 3 roquets, going through 2 hoops (with trick shots) & posting 2 people in a single turn! It's only taken me 5 years. Getting 58 catches of 7 balls. Trebuchet cricket. Guy's bubble routine in the show. Managing to get home in one piece.
& lots more besides. Thank you all.
That seems like a much more manageable format than a full review, and I can't be bothered filling out most of the sections on a hlcbgsdf
I might have a go at doing likewise later (although I'll save it as a treat to reward myself with after I've pulled all the photos/videos off my camera)
The "bloody bunting!!" incident was rather amusing though.
I haven't managed to get as far as the photos yet, but I have got the video of the golf club trick online:
This video is from earlier in the week, before I worked out a cleaner way to get into the setup for the trick and before I worked on getting it further "up" my forehead so the bottom club doesn't touch my nose - but it's the only video I managed to shoot, so it'll do.
It's almost exactly a week since I got back from Bungay, but it feels like it's been months. I've managed to get around to sorting out my Bungay photos, the album is here: http://www.paulseward.com/photos/index.php?album=2014/May-2014/Bungay-2014
That may be the fastest I've ever managed to get my Bungay photos online.
Ah BBU. I only got there on the Friday about 5 hours after we'd planned to get there but long journeys with kids and other hindrances didn't play ball.
I did my usual Bungay thing of doing absolutely nothing juggling related whatsoever. Most of my time was spent fielding kids or going out on day trips. Southwold was picked as a day out - interestingly 2 of our kids hated the odd contraptions thing - they went in the deep sea diver thing and both burst out on floods of tears after their vessel was eaten by a shark. Somehow I doubt they'll forget that in a hurry.
Best bits for me were mainly sitting in a field or a tent chatting to a friendly bunch and occasionally offering rehab advice when asked. I fancied a few games but ended up playing precisely none.
The show was lovely and our eldest did a bit (violin playing whilst Nathan's girls hula hooped).
Kids played with other kids and are now missing their company.
One day I might do some juggling at Bungay, but maybe not for a few more years.
"Southwold contraptions" mentioned not once but twice. That has to be Wilf Lunn's work doesn't it? He was lucky enough to meet me in Hamley's, ooh, thirty-eight years ago.
Ah, okay, so only half-bonkers on a scale of one to Lunn then.
A couple of years ago Mark T arranged a field trip from Bungay to Tim's workshop. He's a lovely chap and has *all* the toys...I asked him whether he called himself an artist or an engineer and he replied 'an artist for tax purposes and an engineer when I need to get out of a conversation at parties' :-)
The 'official' photo feed is here: http://instagram.com/bungayballsup
Although I seem to be the only person who added to it during the event!
That was beautiful. Amazing what can be done with those things now.
We had a lovely time. Since it was our 10th anniversary and we were lucky enough to be in the same place we held our wedding reception, we decided to buy everyone Sunday lunch and invite a few friends from home to join us: resulting in lots of our favourite people eating together with views of sunny buttercups, to the sound of Richard Loxley's gramophone. The kids have become more or less free range now and we thus got a lot more time to relax in proper Bungay fashion - reading by the woodburner, volleyclub, table tennis, croquet, board games, general talking nonsense - while Ben made forts out of old furniture with Leo, happily carting armfuls of juggling kit inside as 'weapons', and Libby read, painted, ran around in the buttercups, and watched baby chickens. I tried LP's golf club balance (scary hard, especially when it comes apart and descends towards your head), found I can still remember most of my static trapeze and recovered from a very sore throat (which is why Sunday's speech was mercifully short). Alex ran a watercolour painting workshop which was so well-received she repeated it several times afterwards, and some wonderful art was produced. Since the weather was so good (almost all week) many people went off site to swim in rivers and the sea at Southwold - I counted at least 25 of us on the beach at one point.
As usual we all pitched in to help run the event, with particular thanks to Jo, a Kiwi who arrived intending to stay for 2 days and ended up there the whole week, somehow acquiring a car from Farmer Paul in the process. Everyone is a volunteer at Bungay and this makes everything run much more smoothly with hopefully no one person getting over tired or stressed - a model that should inform all other conventions.
The show was very Bungay - Libby reprised her violin performance of last year (she knows more than one tune now), Ben got up unprompted to swing a cuddly toy round by one ear (is this the future of poi?), LP showed off the aforementioned balance, Aurelien sang about drinking and Phil showed us how to make the 'Bungay trick' considerably harder with four objects juggled and on a rola-bola. On one of the last evenigs a complete rainbow appeared above the site - which seemed entirely appropriate.
The weather held for the clear up and we returned home relaxed and happy - I think this was one of my favourite Bungays in recent years. Thanks to everyone who made it possible! #bbu15
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