Author Archives: Jacob Charles

A recent 3-ball juggling session

I recently shot with my Flip Video Camera some of the juggling tricks I’ve been working on. You practice all the time, but sometimes you need to see how it looks from the other side. You’ll notice little things that … Continue reading

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Review: Juggling Set from Target

I bought a Juggling Set today from Target for $2.50. It’s a clear plastic box with three “bean bag” juggling balls — actually polyester fiber packed with glass beads. The glass beads give the balls a nice weight. The relatively … Continue reading

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Accessing flow states through Pac-man and juggling

Reporter Joshuah Bearman talked to gaming gurus Walter Day and Dwayne Richard for his Harper’s piece about competitive video game players, and describes flow states they sometimes enter when they’re playing. It’s a feeling you’ll probably experience when you’re learning … Continue reading

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Can I put this on my resume? Juggling as job skill

During an interview for a newspaper internship, an editor asked me what I like to do. Juggling, I told him. He didn’t understand at first. He thought I was going for the high school over-achiever cliche, like, I enjoy juggling … Continue reading

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The ‘this is impossible’ stage and beyond

I just got an update on a friend’s progress learning how to juggle 3 balls. This is what he said: i balled up some socks and took a stab at juggling last night i think im past the ‘this is … Continue reading

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Good juggling music

Sometimes I like to juggle to music. Techno and hip hop seem to work well because of the infectious rhythms. I once achieved an altered state of consciousness while juggling and listening to Erol Alkan’s “A Bugged Out Mix with … Continue reading

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Hit the wall, keep going

This thought from Seth Godin in his book “The Dip” might come in handy when you’re learning how to juggle 3 balls, and doing just about anything else in life, such as weight lifting or working on some other project: … Continue reading

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Vova Galchenko, at 9 years old, juggling 5 balls

I was probably around 9 years old when I first learned the basic juggling pattern with plastic grocery bags. I left juggling alone until I saw a documentary about jugglers when I was 14 years old. That’s when I finally … Continue reading

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‘The closest to real magic you’re ever gonna get’

The day I decided to learn how to juggle 3 balls, I watched a documentary about juggling on TV. Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of the documentary, or even what channel it was on. I never saw it again.

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Jugglers depicted in Beni Hasan tomb — 4,000 years ago

The history of juggling goes way, way back. Case in point: the picture used in the header image is a depiction of hieroglyphs found in a tomb at an Ancient Egyptian cemetery site. The cemetery — called Beni Hasan (also … Continue reading

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