Contact Juggling Goal Setting

August 4, 2010

Today I decided to set some goals for my contact juggling and it seemed like reasonable advice for just about anyone. Goals not only give a target to aim for in our practice sessions, but also allow us to see how far we’ve come. Here’s how I set my own personal goals.

Determine an Objective
This may seem a tad obvious at first, but if you aren’t sure whether or not you want to learn head balance or foot catches first you may end up wasting a lot of time through inefficiency. That’s not to say you can’t have two objectives and follow them accordingly.

Set up Milestones
One of my personal goals is to be able to balance a stage ball on the very top of head and roll to it from other stall points and walk around. Examples milestones would be:

  • balancing the ball on my head for 5 seconds, then 10, then 20, then 30, then a minute…
  • walking 5 paces with the ball balanced, then 10, then 20….
  • Rolling the ball to the top of my head and nearly getting it for a second, then maybe twice in a row.

As you can probably tell, I have less faith in my ability to eventually roll the ball to the stall point.

Keeping a Record
One of the best pieces of advice ever given to me was to keep track of my abilities. Being able to look back even a week or two and see how many milestones you’ve hit is a great way to regain confidence during slumps.

Reminder
When your goal is written down, with your progress being charted, you will be sure to keep practicing.

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How to use a Fushigi Ball Tutorial

August 2, 2010

With all the hubbub over the fushigi ball I’m sure there are a ton of new contact jugglers wondering just how to use a fushigi ball properly and looking for tutorials!

The good news is that although Fushigi is a company trying to rip off of a public that loves contact juggling, there is still a wonderful contact juggling community that thrives on it’s Pay It Forward mentality! Learn something and then teach it to someone else, all for the benefit of the community.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Brine has been the introduction lesson to CJ for nearly everyone I’ve met:

Dawn has always provided stunning contributions to the art:

Of course, I have my own videos as well. Don’t be afraid to visit contactjuggling.org and ask questions.


Great Cardini’s Amazing Sleight of Hand Routine

March 6, 2010

The Great Cardini, born Richard Pitchford in 1895, is easily one of the greatest sleight of hand magicians and this clip of one his routines should serve of evidence of his awesomeness.

Elements from this routine have been used by many of today’s magicians, including Lance Burton, who I’m sure has seen this clip more times than he could count. No insult to Lance, I’m just positive he must absolutely love Cardini!

Remember: Things aren’t always what they seem!