How to Juggle

Introduction: How to Juggle

In this instructable, you will learn how to juggle 3 objects with two hands. This should also prepare yourself to be able to learn how to juggle more objects with ease. There are four things you will need: balls (or something else to juggle), room, time, and patience. Juggling is a skill that is learned through brute force more so than elegant thought processes. At the end of the day, you will have to practice and force your hands to throw in the proper manner, rather than just deciding that "this" is the correct way. In addition, there will be hand eye coordination that you will have to train to juggle.

Step 1: What Should I Juggle?

Finding something to learn to juggle should not be hard, particularly if you are willing to spend money. Juggling balls can be found for under $6.00. However, it is unlikely that you have to spend money, and you can probably find what you need around your house. Just make sure the objects have the following traits:
*The objects should all be similar, if not the same- don't try mixing a basketballs with a tennis ball when you are trying to learn.
*The objects should be small enough to comfortably fit in your hands. To start, you will have to hold two in one hand so keep this in mind.
*The objects should be a simple shape-preferably a ball or cube. This will be easier to catch. Avoid elongated shapes such as bowling pins.
*Softer objects, while not required, are better. They're less likely to go flying if they collide in mid-air, and won't bounce away or damage your surroundings.
Preferably, this will leave you with three identical objects, probably around the size and shape of tennis ball, but softer. (If you don't find softer objects, do not worry, for the most part this is a convenience factor).

Step 2: How Much Room Do I Need?

Space wise, there are two factors to consider. One being vertical space and the other being the area surrounding you. In both cases, more is better. The more vertical space you have, the easier it will be. However, as long as your head easily clears the ceiling you should be fine. As for the surrounding area, understand there will be balls that go flying. Additionally, many people "chase" balls when they start to juggle. To handle both of these situations, it is best to make sure there is nothing that could easily be damaged by a stray ball in the surrounding area and that there is open floor space surrounding you. As you become a better juggler, less space will be required.

Step 3: How to Start?

Many juggling instructions will tell you to start by simply throwing a singular ball. This is a decent place to start, but you probably won't spend much time on this step. However, when performing it, try to focus on where the ball is being thrown (at the apex of the toss), as opposed to watching it the entire time. This is where your attention will be when juggling multiple objects, so it is a skill you can learn on this step. Additionally, make sure to practice with both hands as you will be using both when actually juggling.

Step 4: Juggling Multiple Balls

After practicing with just the one ball for some time, it is time to move on to multiple balls. If you want to take your time, feel free to practice with two balls in two hands (Note: two balls in one hand is more difficult than three balls in two hands). This will help you practice getting rid of the balls quickly, as to make sure you never have more than one ball in a hand at time.

After practicing with two balls, it is time to move onto three. At this point, you are actually juggling. When throwing the ball, try to keep the ball parallel to your body (as oppose to outwards) and close to the center line of your body (about  forearm's length away from your body). As you move your hand to throw, you should be also be moving the same hand to catch the ball that is currently falling. This should lead to little time in between each throw and the catch that comes immediately afterwards. Do not get discourage on failed attempts. Juggling take a lot of practice, and most people struggle at first. Take each little bit of progress as a victory, and do not be surprised when you end up "chasing" balls.

If you do end up chasing balls, try to throw them more vertically, and less forward. If you find yourself to spinning, you are most likely throwing the ball to far across your body with your one hand (opposite of the direction you are spinning).

Step 5: Moving on Beyond Three Balls

After mastering juggling three simple objects, there are several directions you could go to expand on your juggling ability. Some things to consider would be juggling more complicated objects (for instance bowling pins); juggling more objects; or juggling two objects in one hand. There are many resources online, combined with personal experimentation, which should allow you to succeed at more advance juggling.

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    6 years ago

    They're called clubs not bowling pins


    7 years ago on Step 4

    This is a good effort, but I think there should be another step between steps 3 and 4.