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I now have a new favourite juggling video of the year. Amazing cigar boxing, excellent shooting, slightly marred by the lack of contrast of the boxes to the backgrounds, but still absolutely extraordinary.

http://youtu.be/yynLur7aRo0

Via Matt Hall.

# by Orinoco,

Not too bad if you like that sort of thing.

# by The Void, Parent

Turns out I like that sort of thing. Awesome.

# by Cedric Lackpot, Parent

Did 'throw a knot in a rope' get Fushigi'd?

http://www.reflextoy.com

# by barnesy,

I don't think so.

Fushigi looked cool.

# by Little Paul, Parent

Heh, there is that.

# by barnesy, Parent

But the name ends with a capital 'X'! You can't get cooler than that!

The soundtrack for the video sounds like an '80s Van Damme movie.

# by Orinoco, Parent

Rawr.

# by DawnDreams, Parent

He did manage to make up a lot of tricks though...

# by Hapiel, Parent

I did find myself wondering if the video or the names came first, but I liked some of them.

# by barnesy, Parent

Money for old rope.

# by Cedric Lackpot, Parent

No reviews of Camp Dave. Was the change of site so traumatic that posting a review proved impossible or does no-one go anywhere but Suffolk and BJC's anymore. I couldn't go this year and have only spoken to a couple of people who did so am interested in finding out what people thought. I did hear that a quite a few regulars didn't make it and that Dave managed to fix the poker again.

# by Monte,

I'd been holding off on writing anything because I was only there for one night, on the first Saturday. I'd love to hear from anyone who was there longer.

The site was nice enough (although while superficially appearing to be flat, it was in fact very slopey in lots of directions, just over shorter distances - not as comfortable in a tent but I was in the van so it was fine for me!) the compost loo arrangements were nice, but that's probably more because they were newly built rather than any particular quirk of design.

I didn't get a chance to explore the local area, but it seemed nice enough as I drove through it.

I didn't make much use of the catering, although the soup I did have from them was very nice. I was impressed by the plywood/lino false floor which had been constructed in the kitchen. That's got to make cleanup of a tented kitchen easier surely!

I had a lot of fun in the evening, drinking and mucking about with various old lags, but then that would have happened anywhere there were those people - and a bottle of tequila.

I made a pleasing amount of progress with the mouthstick/bottle trick considering I was only on site for 24 hours.

# by Little Paul, Parent

You managed to get the BOV to Dave Altman's place in Atlanta?! I'm impressed! (or is there another Camp Dave?)

# by Orinoco, Parent

Ahh, it's an easy mistake to make, the name is case sensitive. "Camp Dave" used to be in Bristol and is now in Oxford. "Camp DAVE" is the USA, if it ever happens. I propose we lessen the confusion by renaming the U.K. one "camp bastard" for clarity

I have just remembered a highlight, watching Dave get his caravan stuck on the gatepost of his own festival caused much chuckling :)

# by Little Paul, Parent

> Camp DAVE

Shome mishtake shurely? Shouldn't it be Camp DAVE:?

# by Cedric Lackpot, Parent

So....I went from Thursday to Sunday on the last weekend. Sorry to miss you LP.

It felt like an older Bristol, or possibly a slightly busier than usual Bungay. It's only one 4 acre field so everyone was in one place, which was great - I hadn't liked how Bristol has splintered into 5 or 6 different venues over the last few years. They had the Bungay big top plus a party tent stuck on one end as cafe/game space with the kitchen in another party tent stuck on the end.

Lots of old faces but many missing, which was sad. It's easier to get to for some and harder for others I guess. I did a few annual things (pass 8 clubs with Wise Paul, drink slammers with Ben Cornish & Lynn), helped put the show together (PA, staging - lots of fun as all we had were a few bits of string, sticks and tarp), plus the usual sitting about and chatting. I spent a lot of time with Kiwi Jo (who helped out at BBU) which was great, although the late night ooh-we-haven't-tried-that-drink-yet session caused pain the next day. The show was great fun and high quality. Facilities were mostly built by Uncle John, most were composting and the showers were the best I've used at a festival.

My only downside was the lack of noise curfew enforcement (Michael Jackson at 7am on Sunday makes me grumpy) - I'm not sure I can persuade the rest of the family to come if we'll all get that little sleep. Apart from that it was marvellous and a wonderful reboot of an old favourite.

# by charlieh, Parent

Rod Laver's dog

http://youtu.be/AWDanvX87Gs#t=83

# by Orinoco,

Arf! You mean loon.

# by Cedric Lackpot, Parent

Juggling Haikus

Dear Edge,

As I was reading a book about Haikus, I wonder if we could do juggling Haikus. I'm not talking about poetry, but juggling sequences of a defined length, say 17 throws. I wish I was proficient enough with balls, rings or clubs to do that and give examples, but I'm not, so I'll let other people try it.

So, 17 throws, that's it, or 17 catches, that's up to us to decide. I'd love to have juggling haikus (or jaikus hehehe, I like that name) from Komei, Stefan, Wes, Guillaume, Eric, Viktor etc...

# by Olivier,

Nice idea.

It reminds me of that exercise Luke Wilson came up with which mixed flats/halves/singles in some pattern which didn't repeat for ages.

It's almost a shame 17 is prime, as that means you can't do something like "combine this 5 step pattern of throw types with this 3 beat juggling pattern and get something which lasts 15 throws before it repeats"

# by Little Paul, Parent

Catches, not throws.

But 17 catches in a row? Do people still do that these days? I thought it was all... Throw, catch, twiddle, collect, 'plex, slapback, collect, throw, shoulder roll, pirouette, plex, scissor ....sequences these days.

*Puts down the spoon.*

# by The Void, Parent

*Picks up the spoon.*

*Develops a thirty five minute piece for open stage with it, including monotone blank verse, nudity and/or underwear, and a single club hanging from a string which is never used.*

*Prepares angry rebuttal explaining why you're all philistines who don't understand art. In monotone blank verse.*

# by Cedric Lackpot, Parent

*picks up camcorder, circles you while you're performing filming the spoon in intimate detail*

*refuses to get a haircut*

# by Little Paul, Parent

I like this idea. I'm thinking of 5 of all one type of catch, but with variations within (eg. penguins, some under the leg, some neutral, etc.), switch to a different type of catch for 7, and so on. Or perhaps varying the throw.

I think I prefer the beats/syllables/characters being on catches, though, as otherwise your haiku will have finished at the 17th throw, and finishing with a ball in the air seems strange.

# by Mike Moore, Parent

contemporary thinking : the 17 catch could be a drop.


# by Olivier, Parent

I'll be using THAT idea in the future.

"No that was a catch! With the floor!"

# by emilyw, Parent

A good drop is as good as a catch !

# by Olivier, Parent

All my drops are excellent.

# by emilyw, Parent

and profesionnal I guess

# by Olivier, Parent

strictly amateur

(very amateur)

# by emilyw, Parent

No one can drop like Winston

# by Little Paul, Parent

mr jules joins juggling edge. Thanks Orinoco.
Hello everyone!

# by mr jules,

Hi Jules!

# by The Void, Parent

Welcome to the Edge, please make yourself at home!

# by Orinoco, Parent

Jules you bad penny, you keep turning up!

# by Cedric Lackpot, Parent

Bienvenue Mr Jules !

# by Olivier, Parent

Ahh! Mr Jules.

I was wondering the other day, do you still have the leopard suit?

# by Little Paul, Parent

ok audio geeks:

I have a WinXP machine with a Via AC'97 Audio Controller sound card hooked up to a Rotel RA-931 mk 2 amp & B&W speakers that is playing mp3s through iTunes all well & good. Unfortunately the XP machine is dying (after over 14 years of service *sniff*) so I've got a spangly new Win8.1 machine with a RealTek High Definition Audio card hooked up to the same amp & speakers that is playing the same mp3 files through WMP/VLC/XBox Music but the sound is tinny, crackly & generally crap. I haven't tried iTunes yet because it will take a month to download. What do I need to do?

(If it doesn't involve playing around with text files I'm crap with computers!)

# by Orinoco,

Check the physical layer first.

Have you plugged it into the right socket on the sound card? What happens if you plug a pair of headphones into the output you're using on the sound card?

Beyond that, I can't help you as if it doesn't involve running linux servers, I'm crap with computers (especially windows ones)

# by Little Paul, Parent

I'm no expert but I think you'll find you get a massively superior sound with that setup by bypassing the card altogether and instead using a DAC (with separate power supply). Beresford (TC-7520 or later models) are excellent and great value for money. JRiver Media Center might be worth looking at too (rather than iTunes).


# by pumpkineater23, Parent

Is your line out plugged into the lime green socket? See connectors here.

As LP says, try a pair of headphones - if you get a good, clear sound from them then you know the card is capable of good quality output. If you can't find a way to get a clear sound from it, then suspect a faulty card.

A tinny and crackly output sounds very much like a poor connection somewhere, or possibly the wrong line out so the amp is working too hard to process a feeble signal.

# by Cedric Lackpot, Parent

All hardware ok & correct port used. Fixed the problem by clicking on the volume control > Speaker properties > Enhancements then turning off special effects. Strange option.

# by Orinoco, Parent

What is the act called where you juggle 2 double cups and 1 ball in a cigar-box like manner? Does anyone have any examples of it?
I am thinking of trying to make a set of those cups...

# by Hapiel,

Ball-and-two-sticks
Guy Heathcote Ballsticks
Classic Japanese juggling style
An Edo-daikagura juggling trick/style.

One of the above.

http://juggling.tv/2042
http://juggling.tv/2042

http://juggling.tv/1830
http://juggling.tv/1830

# by The Void, Parent

If you are following the construction instructions in that second video, the bit with the kettle and the mug is very important and shouldn't be skipped

# by Little Paul, Parent

Plus
http://juggling.tv/2707
http://juggling.tv/2707

Beard make (made?) a spun aluminium version of this prop, but it's no longer on their site. There's a pic on http://www.oddballs.co.uk/guy-heathcote-ball-stick-p-474.html , but they're sold out.

# by The Void, Parent

Thanks for the vids! What a pitty beard seems to have stopped producing them....

# by Hapiel, Parent

I don't think beard have actually made them since H was running the show, it's just taken them this long (15 years ish) to sell their stock... They were never a popular product! If you're lucky you might find a reseller who still has stock, but they may not have a pair - for some reason it seems a lot of people bought just one, not realising you need a pair for anything interesting.

I used to find the beard ones too big though, and taping two cups together gets you pretty close (you may want to drill through the cups and add a large nut/bolt for weight)

I've got a wooden set which were made for me by the lovely Duncan Hoyle, they're sized to fit my hands and a 4" stage ball. They're lovely props which I don't play with nearly enough. If you have access to someone with a lathe and would like some photos to use as references I can take some for you.

# by Little Paul, Parent

Yup, my plan was indeed to make one from 2 cups first and then if I enjoy it turn one on a lathe! I am glad I now know I should make tea first though ;)
I'd be curious to see what your wooden ones looks like!

# by Hapiel, Parent

I'm waiting for my camera battery to recharge, then I'll take a photo for you.

# by Little Paul, Parent

Beard had run out of ballsticks by Bristol last year. Butterfingers had one left (I bought it). Oddballs had none. I don't know of any retailers who do have them but could do with another spare. Of course for real enjoyment by all concerned ballsticks should be used with at least one audiball!
Nigel
possibly the only person to combine audiball and ballsticks and not be lynched (yet).

# by It's Him, Parent

I assume that's only because no one has managed to get close enough to you without searing ear pain to lynch you

# by Little Paul, Parent

Do you perform mainly to deaf audiences?

# by Mïark, Parent

I don't know what an audiball is, but even though I have no first hand experience I positively prefer not being lynched.. I guess I'll avoid trying out your recommendation just to be on the safe side...

# by Hapiel, Parent

Does the Volcano Ball fit anywhere in this pantheon?

# by Cedric Lackpot, Parent

http://youtu.be/0BlWK5upk08
Super easy to make. Buy eight plastic cups at a store. Use vinyl / electrical tape to make them. Each "stick" uses four cups. I'm going to be writing an article about the art form for eJuggle.

David Cain

# by DavidCain, Parent

It looks a lot of fun! Are the basics as easy as they look?

# by Hapiel, Parent

Yes, pretty easy.

# by DavidCain, Parent

Sorry for taking so long, I'm not always the best organised person!

Anyway, Here's a photo of my wooden ball-sticks:

http://www.paulseward.com/photos/albums/2014/September-2014/DSC_0408_ballsticks_medium.jpg

# by Little Paul, Parent

They look super fancy! Are they 3 seperate pieces?

# by Hapiel, Parent

If the two ballsticks and the ball were not separate, they would not be much use.

# by Pedant, Parent

Each one is a single piece of wood, the black lines are just decoration.

I like them a lot :)

I've got a wooden wine bottle that Duncan made for me at the same time. It weighs the same as an empty wine bottle and is actually hollow (not that you'd know if you look at it, the seam is very cleverly hidden!) - I'm finding it useful in my attempt to learn mouthstick stuff

# by Little Paul, Parent

Oh, and for scale that's a 4" babache stage ball

# by Little Paul, Parent

Good to see that they're holding up well and aren't too damaged from use.

# by duncanh, Parent

Knowing LP I don't think they will have seen a great deal of abuse!

# by Orinoco, Parent

They are holding up well. I've got a very minor chip on one of the edges of one ballstick, and a few dints and scratches - but they're not exactly in daily use (although they have been played with more than usual over the last 2 weeks)

I'm a bit paranoid about the bottle as while I'm confident it'll stand up to most drops, I do worry about it landing on the neck as if anything is going to kill it that would - and it's such a gorgeous piece of work, and so wondrously tactile I'd be proper gutted if I broke it.

So while I'm using the bottle daily at the moment, I am only doing so over soft surfaces and doing my best to catch with my hands first.

I'm sure it'll be fine, but I'm just so over protective of it :)

# by Little Paul, Parent

After saying how gorgeous it is, now you will have to post a picture of the wooden bottle.

# by Mïark, Parent

Sure... Please allow 28 days for delivery

# by Little Paul, Parent

Damn. Missed the 28 day estimated shipping time, but here's a picture of the wooden bottle (empty wine bottle for scale, yes it's a Rosé - stop judging me)

http://www.paulseward.com/photos/2014/September-2014/bottle.jpg.php

# by Little Paul, Parent

Now that is beautiful.

# by Orinoco, Parent

:-)
Thanks
(I assume you mean the wooden one!)

# by duncanh, Parent

If there are any particularly annoying dents you could try fixing (or at least decreasing)them by placing a wet tissue over them and placing a hot soldering iron on it (being careful not to touch the wood directly of course). The steam should swell the wood fibres but if can be a slow process, taking several applications.
Personally I'd probably be leaving any dents as they are as they add to the items history.

# by duncanh, Parent

Crawley festival brownies are in the oven.

That is all.

#Crawley2014

# by Orinoco,

Damnit! I knew there was something I was supposed to do tonight

# by Little Paul, Parent

Invent a way to send me brownies before they go stale?

# by mtb, Parent

My gig has just been cancelled as event completely rained off, and I'm wondering how many of those brownies are floating sadly around a certain soggy car park on a sodden Sunday morning. How bad is it?

# by Cedric Lackpot, Parent

Sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of all the torrential rain hitting the roof of my van...

# by Little Paul, Parent

Just heard that #DabHands is to close down, after 26(?) years. Dwindling numbers for some time now, and the funds are running out. Last meet on Sep 30th. September meets are free, so pop in to say hello again, if you've not been for a while, and then goodbye.
http://www.jugglingedge.com/club.php?ClubID=5

# by The Void,

:(

Can juggling clubs please stop closing down? Thanks.

# by Orinoco, Parent

I hope Juggling John's Juggling Jaunt is able to get to Dab Hands before it closes.

# by Mïark, Parent

I think the jaunt came to a premature end.

# by Orinoco, Parent

That's a shame, but not entirely unexpected.

I will certainly be there for the last one (and would be up for toasting it goodbye in the wellington after)

Do you know if Ian is still in touch with the chap who used to run it before he took it over? I think he moved to Weston-Super-Mare or something about 10 years ago. Would be nice if we could get him back for the last one, I'm kicking myself that I can't remember his name.

I can see his face, and hear his voice, but I just can't remember his name.

# by Little Paul, Parent

Doug?

# by The Void, Parent

And or Stuart?

# by The Void, Parent

I think Doug is who I was thinking of, although I'd forgotten about stuart!

# by Little Paul, Parent

I can remember the middle aged fellow who looked like he might be a supporting role in a British sitcom, but I'm fucked if I can remember any names. His main job seemed to be making everyone stop for tea and biscuits, which he performed admirably. Tarim would be the correct oracle to answer this one I think.

# by Cedric Lackpot, Parent

At the penultimate #DabHands , a few clubs were shaken out of a storage case. Freaks! David Cain has email...
http://tlmb.net/misc/DabHandsClubs/

It's the last ever Dab Hands next Tuesday. Do come along to say cheerio if you're within range.

# by The Void, Parent

I intend to be there on Tuesday. More so than any other time I've ever said that!

Looking at http://tlmb.net/misc/DabHandsClubs/DabHandsClubs_sm.jpg and going left to right, I can spot:

Freaks Kestrel (the one-piece club the body of the Acrobat is made from)
3 Blue Freaks Acrobats
What looks like an earlyish beard euro
4 "swinging clubs" but I can't remember who would have made them
The last 3 are odd though, they're smaller than I remember "Flare" clubs being, and have the wrong shaped handle. Anyone able to ID them?

# by Little Paul, Parent

It's a Todd Smith, not a Beard. The blue bulbous clubs are heavier than the red ones. Neither they nor the small ones have any markings. You can check them out on Tuesday, but then they're all heading to David's museum. Thanks for the "Acrobats" confirmation. See you next week.

# by The Void, Parent

Has anyone else noticed the slight tinge that American-made white clubs all seem to have? That Todd Smith club and all of the white Renegades that I've seen have a slightly blue, slightly translucent look to them.
Any theories?
Cheers
-Mike

# by Mike Armstrong, Parent

I won't be at #DabHands tonight. Perhaps I'll go to the poker instead.
http://tlmb.net/LastDabHands/DabHanders_sm_title.jpg

# by The Void, Parent

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