Juggling in Philly!

Here are some clips of me juggling in Philly at the Liberty Bell,  Magic Gardens, and Rocky statue. Along with other various spots!


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Juggling in Washington D.C.

Here is a video of me doing my thing in our nations capital. Don’t forget to subscribe to my youtube page to see more awesomeness!!


 


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Juggling at Jamestowne Video

Here is video of me juggling at the Jamestowne settlement in Virginia.


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One year anniversary of juggling videos!

Here are two videos that I put together on my one year of juggling anniversary. Hope you enjoy!!

This video is a collaboration of all my 3 ball tricks.


Here is one on my 5 ball stuff and me also qualifying 6 balls!!

 


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First Juggling Workshop!

Thought I would share my excitement with you all. I have my first workshop this Wed!! It’s for a family’s on the road rally in Clermont FL. I am going to do a lil performance to show everyone the things you can possibly do with juggling, and then teach anyone that wants to learn the basics of juggling. I can wait this is going to be so much fun!

UPDATE: Here are some photos from the event!

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Justin's juggling workshop on the FOTR rally!

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We had tons of new jugglers learning that day!


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Who invented Juggling?

Well, the real answer to who invented juggling is “Who knows!” The truth is juggling has been around for centuries. The earliest we know of is from an Egyptian tomb: wall paintings from 1994-1781 BC depict four jugglers tossing balls.

Since then it’s been recorded in cultures around the world, from Aztec to Roman and Greek, Chinese, European and more.

Other jugglers came in the form of Chinese warriors who could juggle swords (my next trick, I swear), English warriors that juggle before battle (makes perfect sense to me), perform and even settle debates (we’d win that one). Most commonly they could be found as court jesters, although juggling would be second to things like storytelling or music for entertaining royalty.

One interesting bit of history: The Middle Ages didn’t take too kindly to jugglers. They were usually criticized as being immoral and practicing witchcraft. I would call that jealousy – just because that guy couldn’t juggle six balls doesn’t mean it must be a trick. ;)

Some more interesting facts somewhat related to the question of who invented juggling: The first recorded juggling workshop was held in Germany in 1680. But they didn’t mention WHO the juggler was. The common picture of hands outstretched with an arc of props flying overhead? Didn’t get popularized until an 18th century French wood cut (other images depicted hands as most people juggle, with hands closer together). And jugglers have only been in circuses for about 200 years. And no, I’m not joining the circus.

All in all, knowing who invented juggling is pretty unlikely. It’s been around almost as long as we have recorded history.

But we don’t need to know who invented juggling to understand WHY they invented it. It’s fun. It’s challenging. It’s relaxing. It makes your brain bigger.


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For just a little bit of coin, and a little bit of time spent bonding as a family, you could be entertaining your own royalty, settling debates in your family, and maybe even scare the neighbors by juggling swords.

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How Juggling Became My Meditation

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I may not have any research to back this up, but one thing I’ve personally found is the meditative state juggling gets me into.

As a full-time traveler, a husband and a work-from-home dad, my plate is often very full. Traveling can feel very stressful, and life itself offers plenty of opportunity for stress.

When I first began to juggle, it was just a fun thing to do, something that only a few people could do and something that challenged me.

But after a little while I realized I also began to turn to juggling when I was feeling stressed, upset, overwhelmed, angry, and even when I was feeling depressed.

I would grab my juggling balls and head outside for half an hour to an hour, sometimes even more if it was a really rough day. And everything else would just go away as I juggled.

I have to have full concentration on what I’m doing, so my mind isn’t going anywhere else. It just got me out of my head and into my body. It’s hard to even describe.

I’ve always found it difficult to find ways to meditate or center myself.

Juggling seemed to help me to burn off the emotions or the adrenaline and get my blood flowing and my oxygen levels up.

I would get into a zone, into the moment really, and everything would fall away for awhile. All the stress and the negative feelings wouldn’t matter anymore…it gave me the time to just breath.

If I was feeling frustrated with my son or wife, I can work through my frustration with my own juggling “meditation”. If I’m overwhelmed with something I was working on, I can take a break and have fun. If I’m feeling like crap, I could practice a new trick and feel accomplished in what I was mastering.

Just like people say about yoga or meditation, after I juggled off the stress, I could go back into my day feeling clear, and energetic and get myself back to where I want to be. My days go smoother and I’m able to handle things better when I’m juggling regularly.

I’ve even used juggling to handle difficult decision-making; it gave me time to feel focused and clear, before I went to deal with a really hard choice. I could feel how that meditative state helped me turn a bad situation into a positive one, just because I felt myself again.

I may not be able to “prove” it with science, but I know juggling has given me a healthy way to handle stress and my own emotions. It’s become an important part of my life, and it’s why it’s something I am passionate about sharing with others.

Like I said, I’ve always found it difficult to meditate or find ways to feel balanced or centered.

I know if this works for me, there are others out there it can work for too.

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At the beach in Pensacola FL.


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Father-Son Passing (Video)

I love juggling with Zeb. He’s not always so keen on being in front of the video, but he agreed for this one. And he’s thinking about creating a solo video to show off his skills soon. :)


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Pro’s and Con’s of the 2 1/2 inch and the 3 inch balls.

I have been asked quite a few times, “Which size juggling balls do you suggest I start out with?”

3 IN Pro’s and Con’s

In my opinion I like the 3 inch juggling balls we make the most because my hands are a lot bigger, which makes them easier to grab. If you are performing, your audience can see them better than the 2 1/2 in balls. I can also track them in the air better than the smaller ones.

The down side to the 3 in balls that I have run into: they are bigger and that makes them easier to have in-air collisions; I can only fit 3 balls in my had comfortably which makes it harder to juggle anything over 6 balls; and I also have a hard time doing back crosses with the 3 in ones due to the size.

2 1/2 IN Pro’s and Con’s

The smaller juggling balls we make are obviously great for anyone with smaller hands, especially kids. They are perfect for doing high number juggling also (juggling 5 or more balls at once). I can fit 4 balls in each hand comfortably. And I have noticed when doing the 5 ball cascade and different site swaps that I have less in air collisions. Which is nice when trying to nail a trick for the first time. :)

On the down side they are harder for me to grab because I have larger hands. I have found myself wrapping my fingers around the balls so I don’t drop them. They are a little more challenging for me to track them in the air and I also find them harder to run quick-paced tricks. The other downside is for tweens who might outgrow this size quickly.

So, what do I suggest?

Ultimately, it’s up to you but here’s my recommendation:

If you’re a child, tween or adult with small hands, I’d suggest starting out with the small “child-size” balls.

If you’re an adult or have bigger hands, I think you’ll benefit the most from using the 3 inch balls. You might find yourself moving to the smaller juggling balls as you master juggling with over 5 balls.

If you love juggling as much as we do, you’ll find you want a set of both for practicing and performing different tricks.


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Juggling at Mt. Rushmore!

Here is a video of me and my wife juggling and being goofy at Mt. Rushmore. Enjoy!!


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