Author Archives: Jacob Charles

Juan Tamariz juggling

This seven-minute video of Juan Tamariz juggling three balls is an interesting study in how to juggle three balls while being funny. The words are, of course, in Spanish. I know there are great comedy lines in there! If only … Continue reading

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Teaching Mom how to juggle 3 balls, part 2

When we left off with Mom learning how to juggle 3 balls, we were still in the This-Is-Impossible Stage. A week or two after the first five-minute session, we had our second attempt. We made clear progress. This time we … Continue reading

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Thimblerig Circus interview at Penguin Magic

Chris Beason blogging at Penguin Magic posted a great 15-minute interview with Adam Lowe and Jason Munger, the jugglers of Atlanta-based Thimblerig Circus. Definitely worth a listen. Some of the many interesting points that come out: Thimblerig is the name … Continue reading

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Tongan jugglers

I found this image while looking for juggling art to feature on this blog. It intrigued me, but I didn’t know anything about it. Then I read a passage in Kit Summers’s Juggling With Finesse that shed some light on … Continue reading

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‘Same genes, different dreams’: Checking in with Marty and Jake LaSalle

Sarah Maslin Nir has a piece in Sunday’s New York Times about Marty and Jake LaSalle, checking in with them after they quit juggling. The 26-year-old identical twins performed an amazing juggling-acrobatics act for the Big Apple Circus, but now … Continue reading

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Can animals juggle?

Not according to Juggling With Finesse: The Definitive Book of Juggling by Kit Summers (1987). Juggling is exclusive to humans, according to the book. That’s not surprising because learning how to juggle 3 balls requires extensive use of the hands … Continue reading

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Are 3 balls enough? Jason Garfield: No way. Carl Lewis: Sure.

If you want to tackle juggling five balls, some people say it’s an important step to no longer being a hack juggler. And by “some people” I mean Jason Garfield. Jason Garfield says, “Most hack jugglers juggle no more than … Continue reading

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On practicing juggling

When I ran cross country, our coach told us, Practice doesn’t make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect. There was another quote, from Yoda, we often heard before our runs: Do or do not. There is no try. The juggler Kit … Continue reading

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Juggling 5 balls is really hard

I learned four balls relatively easily after juggling three balls for a few years. I juggled two in one hand. I juggled two in the other hand. Then I juggled two in each hand simultaneously. It was chaotic and messy, … Continue reading

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Teaching Mom to juggle

I gave my mom her first juggling lesson this morning. We couldn’t have spent much more than five minutes, and I’d say we’re still squarely in the This-Is-Impossible stage. That is to say, we’re right on track.

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