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Michael Karas continues his vendetta against the letter 'C' with Konnectors.

I was expecting something that would connect rings together solidly enough to create new juggleable shapes but disappointingly just seems to be a way of turning your rings into a Lego set.

Me being me I just sliced up a margarine container, glued the bits together like so & found they did an adequate job.

I did get distracted by some pretty looking dice on the Shapeways website.

# by Orinoco, 2014-07-27 16:08 BST

What is it with people joining props together at the moment? We've had Wes taping clubs together, Luke burrage taping knives together, Michael karas joining rings together...

Who's next, and what are they going to glue together?

# by Little Paul, 2014-07-27 18:40 BST Parent

Donald Grant taping diabolos together? Aaron Sparks taping yoyos together? Maybe Void will tape some kendamas together for us?

# by Aidan, 2014-07-27 23:10 BST Parent

I taped rings together in 2008, would just like to throw that out there.

# by Norbi, 2014-07-28 05:49 BST Parent

So what you're saying is you were taping things together before it was cool?

Bloody hipster ;)

# by Little Paul, 2014-07-28 07:43 BST Parent

I've managed to steer clear of the moustache, but I am an avid instagrammer...

# by Norbi, 2014-07-29 20:16 BST Parent

Norbi. Sellotape. Bindun.

# by Cedric Lackpot, 2014-07-28 11:13 BST Parent

It might be quite cool to konnect two unicycles together - one wheel in front of the other. Balancing between the two wheels would make for an easier and more stable ride than having to balance on just one unicycle. Perhaps some kind of raised steering/hand resting device could be attached to the front.

# by pumpkineater23, 2014-07-29 01:50 BST Parent

If you could glue two jugglers together who would you choose?

# by Orinoco, 2014-07-29 12:31 BST Parent

Jason Garfield, and anyone named on this list

# by Little Paul, 2014-07-29 18:01 BST Parent

I think I'd like to glue you & Manu Laude together. You're welcome.

# by Orinoco, 2014-07-29 18:17 BST Parent

I'm not sure he'd be my first choice these days... I'd say who would but I wouldn't want to lower the tone quite that far...

# by Little Paul, 2014-07-29 18:21 BST Parent

Roll call: who's not at the EJC right now?

Let us unite in our miserable loneliness.


# by Orinoco, 2014-07-21 18:25 BST

I'm not at ejc, I'm tempted to nip out for a Guinness though in sympathy

# by Little Paul, 2014-07-21 20:46 BST Parent

I don't like this.
I don't need more reminders that I'm missing an EJC.

# by Marlon, 2014-07-21 20:47 BST Parent


# by Hapiel, 2014-07-21 22:17 BST Parent

I second this.

# by Sjors Stuurman, 2014-07-26 15:44 BST Parent

Closer than usual...but no cigar.

Made a video with all the free time, though.

# by Mike Moore, 2014-07-21 22:29 BST Parent

Here !

# by Kelhoon, 2014-07-22 07:58 BST Parent

Haven't made it to an EJC this century. 

# by It's Him, 2014-07-22 09:18 BST Parent

Couldn't get the time off work, so I'm just chilling here at home.

# by vazonun, 2014-07-22 10:09 BST Parent

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!

# by Cedric Lackpot, 2014-07-22 15:36 BST Parent

Not there.. but looking forward to The Green Man. Hopefully the weather will hold!

# by pumpkineater23, 2014-07-22 18:14 BST Parent

# by pumpkineater23, 2014-07-22 18:14 BST Parent

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.

# by Al_Bee, 2014-07-22 20:41 BST Parent

I'm not. This is (mostly) because I have freelance gigs though so I can't complain too much.

# by emilyw, 2014-07-23 09:16 BST Parent

I'm not, 'cos I just got back.
You all should have seen the Legends show. It was awesome.

# by The Void, 2014-07-27 20:28 BST Parent

Did he do the Triangle?

# by Mike Armstrong, 2014-07-27 22:19 BST Parent

One side of it. It was all about Freddie though.

# by The Void, 2014-07-28 08:27 BST Parent

And Donald, shirley? ;o)

I was tempted to fly over just for that show, but sense prevailed...

# by Mike Armstrong, 2014-07-28 09:20 BST Parent

No it didn't.

# by The Void, 2014-07-28 09:25 BST Parent

I'm glad I'm not the only one who did that

# by Little Paul, 2014-07-28 11:00 BST Parent

Youtube just suggested I might like:

It wasn't wrong

# by Little Paul, 2014-07-09 20:24 BST

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...

# by Hapiel, 2014-07-09 22:37 BST Parent

Sometimes one of those 5 blocks is a human:

# by seveirein, 2014-07-10 01:16 BST Parent

Proper awesome! Bonkers, bonkers hard stuff.

# by Cedric Lackpot, 2014-07-10 23:11 BST Parent

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!

# by Cedric Lackpot, 2014-07-01 11:17 BST

Maybe stating the obvious, but this will never work with those hands and with such irregular shaped projectiles. Nice animation though.

# by peterbone, 2014-07-01 12:04 BST Parent

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

# by Little Paul, 2014-07-01 19:21 BST Parent

...& 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!

# by Orinoco, 2014-07-01 19:28 BST Parent

> I really hope they can get it to work!

I really hope they have a limitless supply of old Beetles, and who the hell cares if you actually catch the buggers?!

# by Cedric Lackpot, 2014-07-01 20:52 BST Parent

I think I enjoyed Tony Pezzo's latest video.
But not his clothing.

# by The Void, 2014-06-22 12:08 BST

Nice, the mix with the gameshow is cool!

And I am glad I don't need to wear that..

# by Hapiel, 2014-06-22 13:18 BST Parent

I heard it's the new WJF uniform

# by Little Paul, 2014-06-22 14:04 BST Parent

loved that too

really funny editing

# by lucasgabd, 2014-06-22 17:42 BST Parent

That was great, I completely zoned out and focused on the try, never even noticing the music until the second time I watched it!

# by mrawa, 2014-06-23 11:05 BST Parent


# by mrawa, 2014-06-23 11:06 BST Parent

Awesome video, those multiplexes at the end are absurd.

# by yDgunz, 2014-06-23 16:42 BST Parent

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.

# by Orinoco, 2014-06-23 19:15 BST Parent

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...

# by Hapiel, 2014-06-24 18:30 BST Parent

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...

# by Orinoco, 2014-06-26 12:44 BST Parent

"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.

# by pumpkineater23, 2014-06-25 12:38 BST Parent

> 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.

# by Cedric Lackpot, 2014-06-26 10:24 BST Parent

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.

# by Little Paul, 2014-06-26 11:59 BST Parent

I suppose, if the makeup didn't do the trick, you could always wear your pink fluffy puppy shoes.

# by pumpkineater23, 2014-06-26 13:44 BST Parent

> ... that will probably raise an eyebrow or two in Walmart.

I doubt it, not much does.

# by Cedric Lackpot, 2014-06-27 16:01 BST Parent

I was unaware that he had a new video. So I'm glad I logged in today.
I really enjoyed the cross arm three ball stuff he did and the multiplexing was unreal.

# by Roflcopter, 2014-06-24 18:07 BST Parent

One of the blogs I follow included an article about public speaking recently,

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[1]) 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!

# by Little Paul, 2014-06-16 12:22 BST

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!

# by Cedric Lackpot, 2014-06-16 13:10 BST Parent

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...

# by Little Paul, 2014-06-16 13:22 BST Parent

> 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!

# by Cedric Lackpot, 2014-06-16 14:12 BST Parent

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

# by Little Paul, 2014-06-16 14:29 BST Parent

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.

# by Orinoco, 2014-06-16 17:34 BST Parent

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.

# by Orinoco, 2014-06-16 19:28 BST Parent

I remember that the footnote was terribly witty and insightful, but I can't remember what it was now either...

# by Little Paul, 2014-06-16 19:59 BST Parent

The boy with tape on his face is from my hometown :)

His show is very clever and damn funny

# by Kelhoon, 2014-06-17 08:00 BST Parent

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'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...

# by charlieh, 2014-06-17 12:34 BST Parent

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:

I've done several of his "Wild Weekends", which nominally teach public storytelling, but actually teach so much more: 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.

# by Richard Loxley, 2014-06-17 13:00 BST Parent

> 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 -

# by Cedric Lackpot, 2014-06-17 14:25 BST Parent

Some exquisite hand balancing for your delectation.

Shot in someone's utility room by the looks of it, but oh! The skills!

# by Cedric Lackpot, 2014-06-16 11:27 BST

Mad skillz

# by Mats1, 2014-06-17 00:54 BST Parent

Looks like we finally hit the front page for "Juggling" on Google! (or is that just for me?)

# by Orinoco, 2014-06-14 11:58 BST

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. ( for example). Oddballs seem to already have many in the bag.

# by pumpkineater23, 2014-06-14 12:40 BST Parent :

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

# by pumpkineater23, 2014-06-14 15:33 BST Parent doesn't seem to be loading for some reason. Great url though.

# by pumpkineater23, 2014-06-14 15:36 BST Parent

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).

# by emilyw, 2014-06-14 21:30 BST Parent

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.

# by Orinoco, 2014-06-15 11:07 BST Parent

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!


# by Little Paul, 2014-06-15 13:18 BST Parent

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).

# by Richard Loxley, 2014-06-15 13:46 BST Parent

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)

# by Adrian G, 2014-06-15 14:01 BST Parent

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.

# by david, 2014-06-14 12:44 BST Parent

Mid page-2

# by Hapiel, 2014-06-14 13:41 BST Parent

Top of Page 2 - not signed in

# by RegularJugular, 2014-06-14 14:38 BST Parent

for me the Juggling Edge listing for Berliner JonglierConvention 2014 is number 6 & 7 on page 1 of google search for juggling.

# by Mïark, 2014-06-14 17:29 BST Parent

Top of the page! (That page being page 3).

# by The Void, 2014-06-14 21:07 BST Parent

But on page 1 for the google.

# by The Void, 2014-06-14 21:08 BST Parent

One link below for me :-/

# by Cedric Lackpot, 2014-06-14 22:44 BST Parent

Top of second page.

# by Aidan, 2014-06-15 12:56 BST Parent

Kaskade archived! I received this in an email from Gabi:

"Kaskade archive is online on
All 112 issues of Kaskade 1984 – 2013 are now online for free download on
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.



# by The Void, 2014-06-01 12:10 BST

That's an excellent resource!

# by Aidan, 2014-06-01 13:58 BST Parent

That's excellent news. Great to see the content available for all.

# by Orinoco, 2014-06-01 14:41 BST Parent

That is exciting news! That should give me plenty to leaf through when I'm bored!

# by Little Paul, 2014-06-01 19:12 BST Parent

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?

# by Hapiel, 2014-06-01 20:49 BST Parent

I started getting Kaskade from issue 7, so look forward to looking at the first 6 issues.

# by Topper, 2014-06-01 21:25 BST Parent

Start with issue 59. An interesting article about Anthony Gatto and also a great "article" at the back!

# by peterbone, 2014-06-02 09:31 BST Parent

Thanks, that was a good start indeed!
Also, that is the most ridiculous juggling advertisement I have ever seen, but I did laugh ;)

# by Hapiel, 2014-06-02 10:43 BST Parent

There is a list of articles on 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.

# by Mïark, 2014-06-04 00:13 BST Parent

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.

# by Al_Bee, 2014-06-04 10:29 BST Parent

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.

# by Cedric Lackpot, 2014-06-04 14:55 BST Parent

Thanks for sharing, Void!!  Can't wait to dig through it all!!

# by Thom!, 2014-06-06 03:57 BST Parent


# by noslowerdna, 2014-06-06 04:52 BST Parent

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.

# by Cedric Lackpot, 2014-05-31 21:49 BST

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.

# by Little Paul, 2014-06-01 07:40 BST Parent

That looks like an interesting show, to say the least....

# by mtb, 2014-06-01 14:34 BST Parent

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