Introduction: How to Juggle

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In this Instructable I will teach you how to juggle 3 balls in a cascade pattern. Once you learn how to juggle 3 balls you can move onto different patterns and even onto different objects. This is my first instructable so please comment and tell me if I am doing something wrong.

Step 1: Learn About the Ball

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Before I start you have to know that you WILL drop the ball a lot as you learn. Everyone does and you cannon let this get you down. If you have to practice dropping it until it doesn't bother you but if you dont then follow the first step.

The first step is to familiarize yourself with your tool. Toss it around and decide if the ball is the right size for your hand. Note- if you have a square bean bag type thing use that as balls tend to roll away if you drop them but cubes do not.

Step 2: The Toss

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The toss is a very easy part of juggling but can be difficult to master. To start take one ball in your hand and throw it to the other. During the motion your hand should move inward and slightly dip. Before you move to the next step you should be able to throw the ball with a similar arc every time and it should end up close to your hand. Make sure you can do this with both hands

Step 3: Two Balls

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once you have mastered the toss it is time to try two balls at the same time. Start by throwing a regular toss from one hand to the other just like in step 2. This time instead of just catching the ball you must throw the second ball with your other hand. The hard part of juggling is not to panic and make a bad throw. Be calm and make a regular just as the first ball passes the top of it's ark. Now just catch the second ball and you have successfully mastered the only step in juggling. Practice until it is second nature. note - this is not yet juggling but you are almost there.

Step 4: Three Balls

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now that you have mastered an exchange it is time to try three balls. This takes time and patience but eventually you will get it. It is the same as step three but this time you have another ball. Start with the hand that has 2 balls in it. Now instead of catching the second ball throw the third just as you did the second (unless it was a bad throw). Now catch the second ball. Then repeat all of this step as if ball three were ball one. Juggling is a simple pattern repeated over and over again. Note-the pattern is step 3.

Step 5: Congradulations

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you can now juggle. If you have gotten this down congrats but if you dont do not feel sad. Continue to practice and eventually get it. If you want a more in depth guide you can but "Juggling for the complete KLUTZ" like i did. It is where i learned to juggle so the steps may be similar. It comes with the book and those cubes that i showed you. Good luck and please comment.

Comments

mortanius (author)2009-03-28

Nice but id recommend buying Charlie Dancey's Encyclopaedia of Ball Juggling £15 on amazon http://tinyurl.com/dlxnto or get it free from R1 http://tinyurl.com/dg5kp7

pitty (author)2009-01-05

I've been trying to learn how to Juggle 4 or 5 Balls. does anyone have any tips?

Jugglebug (author)pitty2009-01-16

Pitty, I have already learned to juggle 4 and 5 balls and i do have some tips: for four balls, the most common pattern is just jugging two balls in each hand- no balls cross between hands. I suggest practicing juggling 2 balls first in your right hand, then in your left, then simultaneously. (note- staggering your starts will create the illusion that balls are crossing between your hands which makes your pattern more impressive. This is the most common way of jugging 4) For five balls, start by throwing three up in the air like you would in a 3 ball cascade, but throw them all quickly enough that both of your hands are completely free for a moment before you can catch two of the balls and do an exchange for the third to begin a 3 ball cascade. Alternatively, throw the 3 balls in arcs quickly enough so that your hands are free, then clap your hands together once before catching them. Do this as a warmup before you begin practicing with 5 balls in the air. Also, throw the balls higher than you think you need to when starting out- it will give you more time to throw the balls accurately.

smashbob (author)2008-09-24

i started to learn from that book but then i had some friends help me. anyway. +1

Sunny124613 (author)2008-07-17

cool I can only juggle 2 but Oh well!

aphrael (author)2008-06-02

I'm probably too lazy to practice this, but it's nice to at least know how it's done :) Tanx!

mrmath (author)2008-05-30

LOVE THAT BOOK! I learned from that book. It made it so EASY to learn to juggle.

jugglingmaniac (author)2008-05-29

This instructable is good. but i already know how to juggle. for people that are learning to juggle if you juggle and seam to always go forward until you run then you drop them. a simple wall can help you. just juggle infront of the wall so the balls will bounce off them so you learn how to juggle straight up then to juggle going forward.

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