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Lots of juggling trick. Some my own inventions, some my own twist on old tricks, some very hard tricks performed by other jugglers better than me.

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By request - 5 ball burkes barrage. Also the siteswap 726 which the 5 ball version of burkes barrage is based on. Requested by someone off rec.juggling.
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In Charlie Dancey's book "The Encyclopaedia of Ball Juggling" he describes the trick Burkes Barrage incorrectly. This has lead to a large split in the juggling community over the correct technique for the trick. To be honest I don't care either way but it does open up the way for a neat new trick.

This video is of the two main variations of Burkes Barrage plus both of them combined into a 5 ball multiplex pattern I like to call Burkes Burrage.

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By request - Bored Contortion. Probably not the real name for this trick but that is what I've decided to call it. The idea is to juggle with one arm behind your back and then look away from the pattern. This is harder than it looks. Suggested by Scott.
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By Request - 3 high headstack from 5 balls. Simply juggle 5 balls and end up with three of them stacked on your head and one in each hand. Mind you, this is much easier with saggy bags than balls. Suggested by Peter.
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By Request - 5 ball clawed cascade. Does what it says on the tin with added maw to go with the paw. Includes 3 ball version for comparison. Suggested by... um, someone of the IJDb chatroom, can't remember who.
3 tricks by request:

1 - Placing a ball behind my head and either dropping it or throwing it over my head... various combinations of backdrops and things -
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2 -Catching spinning rings on other rings in a cascade pattern -
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3 - Clawed mills mess into mills mess above the head and then back down into clawed mills mess again -
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Here is the first of a few videos from the spring convention season. At the British Juggling Convention I hosted the first night of the Renegade Stage Show which gave me as much time as I wanted to do whatever I wanted.

Here is me trying out something new, something I certainly had no idea how or if it would work: I give you blind juggling.

This mainly involved me putting coins over my eyes and gaffa taping them shut, stumbling onto stage and having all my balls stolen when I dropped them. As this messed up my original 3 ball routine I ended up doing some crowd pleasers to get the audience on my side. Well, I didn't know which side of me they were on, actually... so you get to see 3 ball mills mess, 4 ball fountain and a 5 ball flash with a neck catch.

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By request:

6 ball stack multiplex mills mess - it would make a nice video, apparently.

Also requested was a video of 7441 with the 1 behind the back. As it happened I had a short clip of me doing this from last year some time so I stuck it on the net quickly.


MPG - 311kb This is a trick I've been working on for about 2 years. I had an idea ages ago to juggle 2 balls with my right had around my left arm. That in itself is pretty easy but what if I juggle 2 balls in my left hand as well? The trick was to keep the balls in each hand to go in different circles, not in the same dirrection, like in a windmill pattern.

So this is circling the arm while juggling 4 balls. Not a catchy name, I know.

MPG - 457kb By request: 4 balls above the head to a leg catch
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By request: 4 ball boston mess

And yes, the sunglasses were by request too.

MPG - 705 kb Thomas Dietz from Germany juggling 8 balls in a half shower pattern for about 30 catches.
MPG - 355KB Due to me not updating my website for ages I decided to film a neat trick I can do with a bit of practice. It's a 6 club flash to scissor catcheswhich is a nicer way to end with 6 clubs I think. Unfortunately it is all over pretty quick.
MPG - 497KB To do a 5 ball leg catch just juggle 5 balls and throw one over your head, catch it with your leg, juggle 4 balls for a bit then go back into 5. Nice.
MPG - 605KB This is a neat trick where you place a ball on the top of your back and let it drop into either the same or opposite hand. I call it 3 ball backdrops.
MPG - 319KB The 5 ball multiplex is a trick I used to only be able to do with my small numbers beanbags. Then I developed that nifty trick of catching a ball on my arm against balls caught in a line in my hand. Now... well, look and see.
MPG - 338KB For some reason many people tell me this trick is actually impossible. It really isn't. Just juggle 4 and catch one on your head then juggle 3 and catch one on the first on your head in a beanbag headstack.
MPG - 889KB By request: 4 and 5 ball tennis.

For some reason 5 ball tennis was a lot harder than I remembered it, then I remembered I probably hadn't tried it before. But here it is.

MPG - 371KB Put a ring on your ear, swing it around with your head and catch it on your other ear.

I made this trick up by accident and was told later that someone else had seen it done before. Then I got an email off of Luke Wilson who also made it up.... so it is now known as Lukes Ear Ring Trick.

MPG - 729KB Tricks with 5 balls: I juggle 4, kick one up into the pattern (not directly into the hand) catch one on my head, keep juggling 4, catch one on my foot, keep juggling 3, quickly catch the last 3 on the backs on my hands an knee... then get back to juggling 5 again.

MPG - 555KB 4 ball heel catch. Juggle 4 balls, throw one over your head, catch it blind, just before it hits the floor, right between your heels. Then jump and throw it back over your head into a juggle again.

MPG - 921KB 5 ring trickery. Part of a ring routine I have performed once or twice. This is some of the 5 ring part. Most of this isn't too original but check out the catch of the ring between my toes!

MPG - 511KB 4 club toe throw. After 10 years of juggling I still can't do kick-ups with clubs at all, so I do this instead. Probably many, many times harder but that's the point.

MPG - 549KB Beanbag headstack. Juggle four balls, catch one on your forehead, keep juggling 3, throw one up and catch that on top of the ball on your forehead, throw another on top of that one, then go on, you might as well try for all four balls stacked up on your head.

So much easier with saggy beanbags than balls.

The way the camera isn't level makes the balance look a bit wierd too.

MPG - 317KB A trick I made up using "squeezes", catching two balls at the same time in the same hand. It's called, for lack of a better name, Lukes Deal. I'm sure there is a siteswap for it, the best I could work out was (2,4)(4x,2x)(0,[4x2])(4,2)(2x,4x)([4x2],0) but after running that through a simulator it wouldn't work. Oh well.
MPG - 215KB A trick I made up ages ago which is reverse inverted 5 ball splits. One ball thrown from both hands synchrounously to the same hand. It's called Lukes Barrage. A strange name, I know. I named it at a time when people were asking me how to do Burkes Barrage because they thought I'd invented that trick, something to do with my surname sounding like the trick.

I did have another video clip of this trick somewhere but I mistakenly videoed myself juggling it naked.

MPG - 305KB Back of the hands mills mess. Inspired by Nicole whom Mini always says can do this trick but I've never seen her manage it. It sure is easier with floppy bags, I'd struggle with silicones.
MPG - 313KB Lukes Lobotomy. A trick I showed everyone at chocfest but called it "lukes mess" but have since renamed it. I might even write the instructions on how to do it, or I might teach it to someone else and lets them write instuctions. It's pretty hard to do.
MPG - 753KB Josiah Jones running 5 ball mills mess and making it look very easy while others look on feeling sick.
MPG - 283KB A weird trick that isn't entirely my own creation. After playing about unsuccessfully catching balls with our arms behind our heads at durham city juggling club last night I was wondering if it would be possible to juggle like that. Mini said "It would be more like a statue of liberty..." and I said "I'll put a video of it on my website for tomorrow night."
So here it is: Dislocated Statue of Liberty.

The hardest part of juggling this trick is to keep from laughing.

MPG - 439kb Penguin mills mess. I learnt this one with tiny 50g barnesy bags then tried videoing it with the larger 150g bags. I find it is much harder with the big ones.
MPG - 333KB Here is another "break your arms a few times to lengthen them" trick.
I do a 3 ball flash, cross my arms behind my back, catch the flash and juggle the balls in front of me for half a dozen throws.
I call the arms crossed-behind-back-juggling-in-front trick the Lung Blocker because it is the only juggling trick I know that physically restricts my breathing because of the un-natural body possition. If you are going to learn this one I recommend pausing often to catch your breath, not because it is tiring to learn but because you might get dizzy resulting from lack of oxygen.

I think it was this trick or a variation that prompted a child watching me juggle to say to his friend "That juggler's got three arms!" which I still find rather amusing.

MPG - 439KB I do some reverse backcrosses to a leg catch (behind the knee), juggle a bit then catch a ball on my foot and kick it over my head into another leg catch.

A nice trick, I think.

MPG - 439KB Mills mess behind the back.
1. Break arms and lengthen.
2. Repeat step 1.
3. Learn trick.
MPG - 1669 KB Tom Baker doing Francis Brunn' Impossible Trick

Actually there are few points I had better mention to stop getting emails off anals:
1. Baker adjusts the ball slightly as it lands on the back of his neck, Brunn held two big balls in his spare hand to stop him using it.
2. When the ball drops from the back of the neck Baker turns so he can see it to kick it, Brunn kept facing one way and kicks it straight over his head.
3. Baker has a surprised look on his face when he manages it, Brunn did it first time, everytime. But then Brunn didn't use basketballs.

Then I thought it through, only about four people have ever managed to learn and perform this trick so a big up in da area to Tom, yeah?

Ben Beever juggling 7 balls with a 4 ball multiplex throw half way through.
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Toby juggling 5 clubs mills mess.
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MPG - 1585kb "Yesterday I bought myself a wide angle lense for my camcorder and discovered it can fit a whole side of a room into the picture if it is by the opposite wall. So this morning I decided to film myself in my normal juggling position, kneeling on the dining room floor.
I've put a nice video of me doing some multiplexes with 5 balls including all of them thrown from one hand into a 5 ball cascade. (The picture there is of a 1up-8up trick I'm trying but it looks a lot better as a clear still image than a messy video at the moment, you don't get to see that trick.)"
MPG - 969kb While Anthony Gatto practiced at BJC2k quite a crowd turned up to watch him. I noticed that he kept breaking world records so I thought I better start catching them on camera. Here he is doing backcrosses with seven clubs.

Other videos of Anthony:

Five club Aberts (crotch throws)
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Seven clubs with a head bounce.
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Eleven ring pulldowns.
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2003 Luke Burrage