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.

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Fushigi Ball Magic Trick, Illusion or Contact Juggling?

August 2, 2010

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of commercials for a product called the Fushigi Ball that promises to be a magic gravity ball, but is it for real or is this just a scam?

The fushigi ball, it turns out, is only a ball produced by the ZoomTV productions, the makers of the fine singing Billy Bass. In the video above, you can see how it performs compared to an orange. In practice, it performs worse. This is due in large part to the amount of Vitamin C offered by the orange. Nutritional Facts are not supplied with the fushigi ball, and testing has proven unreliable, but it is safe to say that it is less.

In all honesty,  ZoomTV has seemingly gone out of their way to step on the toes of everybody who has learned and taught others how to Contact Juggle. That’s all it is folks. Contact Juggling. Not a mysterious floating ball. Just hours upon hours upon weeks of practice with a ball. Nothing more.

And the best part? They aren’t even offering that great of a bargain. You could buy a substantially higher quality contact juggling acrylic for the exact same price at Neon Husky with the added benefit that Neon Husky will NOT sell your personal information to competitors or try to call you back and sell you crap you don’t want/need.


Contact Juggling Tutorial Videos and Books

December 10, 2009

I was asked via comments what are some good videos and books to grab for picking up Contact Juggling.

First up is Drew Batchelor’s book Multiball Contact. Thanks to Hurricane Ike I’ve actually purchased two of these. I would gladly purchase a third copy if something were to happen again.

The book is phenomenal for a number of reasons, the most important of which is it’s organization. Multiball Contact is arranged as such to introduce a beginner to multiball contact juggling to the fine details of motion control and visual appeal. There are plenty of incredible pictures and useful appendices filled with useful information.

Secondly we have the two DVD set, Contact Juggling parts 1 and 2. In general, it’s easier to learn object manipulation by seeing someone perform. Subtle nuances can be easily lost in translation when it comes to the written word.

All three of these items can be picked up at Neon Husky, a great supplier for CJ equipment.

Not in the mood for purchasing videos/books? Well then head over to ContactJuggling.org! The main wiki page has links to plenty of move tutorials, which themselves have plenty of links to video tutorials. On top of all this, the community there is really swell, and can answer any questions you might have.