Jugglers Ousted Again on America’s Got Talent

We should have seen it coming.

Last week, the few jugglers that got through to Las Vegas on America’s Got Talent were quickly sent packing.

In what seems like an endless supply of rejection, the jugglers were once again dismissed from the summer talent show, despite demonstrating skill far beyond many who were put through to Hollywood.

Those of us in the Juggling Subculture are once again left scratching our heads, wondering if any jugglers will ever be given a the chance to present their talents to the American public.

Here’s Nick Pike‘s Vegas performance:


Baby Juggling in Megamind Trailer

Just like millions of 4th of July weekend moviegoers, we cried our way through Toy Story 3 this weekend. (How does Pixar do it every time?!?!)

It was an extra bonus to see some baby juggling during the trailer for Megamind.

We doubt Dube will be coming out with a line of stage babies any time soon, and we don’t recommend trying this with the real thing unless, of course. you happen to have superpowers!


Charlie McDonnell Accepts a Juggling Challenge

Charlie McDonnell is the most subscribed YouTuber in the United Kingdom. According to the about page on his video blog, he has “amassed over 40 million total video views.”

Earlier this month Charlie answered a challenge to learn how to juggle.

Notice at the beginning Charlie refers to juggling as a useless skill. Then, by day 8, he’s calling for a YouTube juggling revolution.

We think that’s an awesome progression.

We’ll definitely throw our full support behind any other video bloggers that want to dazzle their audiences by taking a step into the juggling subculture.

(Click here to see wheezywaiter’s video about juggling.)


“The Juggler” Sketch by Michel Vandegaer

Michel Vandegaer is an artist who suggests viewing his sketches, “with vague sleepy eyes, instead of looking for nice details ’cause there aren’t any.”

Sleepily check out this sketch he simply calls “The Juggler”.

We like quite a few things about the juggler in this sketch:

  1. He’s clearly street performing
  2. He’s got a great smile on his face
  3. He’s owning that 5-club cascade (not often represented in fine art!)

Overall, we appreciate the way Vandegaer truly expresses the joy of juggling in this simple sketch.


Juggling in Afghanistan

Check out this picture submitted by David Elmore to the recent Why Afghanistan Matters photo contest:

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What you see is Matthew McKinney, of the 38th Division, showing local children how to juggle during a visit to Lower Kajakan Village in the Shinwari District of Afghanistan.

It is great to see how some simple juggling can bridge major cultural gaps even during tumultuous times.

The Trained Monkey Effect

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We’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon within the juggling subculture. We call it the Trained Monkey Effect (TME).

Here’s how it commonly occurs:

First, a non-juggler discovers that you know how to juggle and that you’re better than the average “I learned in my junior high gym class” juggler.

Second, they demand a demonstration, tossing you the three roundest objects in your nearest vicinity. You indulge them with a couple of different patterns, an around the back or under the leg, a 360 finish and they’re genuinely amazed. They might even clap a few times.

What begins after this incident is the essence of TME.

From this point forward, every time this person introduces you to someone new they say, “oh, and he (or she) can juggle!” and then throw you random objects to entertain your new acquaintance. Wallets, cell phones, rocks, water bottles–nothing is off limits.

TME is often initiated by bosses, older siblings, coaches, or anyone with a hint of authority, making it even harder for the juggler to do anything but acquiesce to the request for cheap entertainment. In addition to personal introductions, TME often occurs at parties, before business meetings, or to break the ice at other large gatherings.

While some jugglers enjoy this kind of “dance, monkey, dance!” attention, many feel trapped by TME. These jugglers would rather not be put on display like a circus animal but feel obligated to comply with the request and thus begrudgingly perform for the impromptu audience.

What you see below is a clear example of TME. You can tell by the look on this juggler’s face that his off-screen, over-served friends egged him on to perform when this party became too boring. So he does. But his lackluster performance is a clear indication the TME is occurring.


The Jugglers’ Lounge–A New Juggling Blog

We always get excited about someone starting a juggling blog. The world just needs more!

This one is called The Jugglers’ Lounge.

Steve Langley, the creator of the blog, writes:

I used to love the column in Juggler’s World magazine where they listed where jugglers would be performing . I was able to catch a lot of great juggling acts because of that column. This is an attempt to re-create that online. I want this to be a place where you can come to see who is performing where.

Not only will this be an entertaining read, but also a great hub of information on where to see great jugglers do their thing.


Anthony Gatto on ESPN and The Ellen Degeneres Show

Did you catch Anthony Gatto teaching a couple of ESPN anchors how to juggle last month?

In case you missed it, click here to watch the clip.

And something else you might have missed . . . here’s Anthony in his recent appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show:

Anthony’s recent move to La Nouba has provided a lot of great opportunities to promote the show, and the world of juggling, on national TV. Where will he show up next?


Street Performing to Beat the Recession

Colombia has been especially hard hit by the world’s current financial challenges. An article on CCTV.com explains that many Colombians in the city of Bogota are turning to street performing for two reasons: to make a living, and to make people smile in a desperate time.

Juggler Angel Rubiano said, “We keep working. As you see we are all in the mood to work, make some money and improve this art, despite the fact that the country is in crisis. We don’t want to be part of the crisis and we are working here to make you laugh and fill you with emotions and sensations.”

One of the ways they perform is by jumping in front of traffic at red lights and putting on a 30 second show. It’s a pretty intense form of street performing; and even though we’re pretty sure you’d get you thrown in jail in America for doing something like that, it makes us wonder about other outside-the-box ideas performers can make a few extra bucks in this difficult time.

Here’s a video of some red-light street performers in Bogota:



Wes Peden Answers Questions

Even if you didn’t shell out the $10 to buy Wes Peden’s Expectations, you’ll enjoy watching him answer questions about the creative process he went through to create the video. The inisight is priceless; especially for all of us hoping to make creative juggling videos ourselves.

Watch the questions and answer video here.

(You can see Wes’ influence popping up all over the juggling subculture. Tony Pezzo’s latest video–although showing off Tony’s individual style–seems to have some Wes Peden qualities to it. Chick out Tony’s video here.)