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.
(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.)
Here are two videos from the popular Discovery Channel series Time Warp. The first is juggler Mad Chad Taylor juggling chainsaws. The second is the master himself, Anthony Gatto, showing off some of his signature skills. The super slow motion photography captures juggling from a whole new perspective.
Michael Karas recently posted an interesting retrospective about the juggling world in 2008. He also took the opportunity to write these inspiring words for jugglers as we look forward to a new year:
To my fellow jugglers – this is my challenge to you!In 2009, focus on discovering what you individually do best!It is our different minds working together that produces so much amazing juggling.The more you try to conform to someone else’s style, the less variety we’ll have in our art.Your style should be juggling you love, not juggling that someone else loves.What tricks excite you?What pictures do you want to create through manipulation? THINK about your juggling.Make goals.Try a new prop!Invent a new prop!Shoot your first juggling video!Go to your first juggling convention.Perform for the first time!Whatever it is, set some “impossible” goals for yourself this year.I think you’ll find that, if you actually put in the work, the “impossible” becomes graspable.
Bela Kremo, a famous Swiss juggler, taught all of his children the family business of juggling, but only Kris Kremo stuck with it as a profession. Kris went on to perfect a simple but crowd-pleasing routine with three hats, three balls, and cigar boxes that has won him numerous awards and the chance to perform in front of royalty around the world. His expert manipulation of these basic props, along with a great sense of comedic timing, has made this fairly basic routine an extraordinary success.
Click here to see Bela and Kris Kremo performing together.
In this short film, Peden offers a series of creative, well edited juggling vignettes showing off his unique style of interpreting classic juggling skills with a modern artful twist. A great soundtrack and some interesting locations add to the overall entertainment of the film.
We’re hoping this is the first of many similar films by Peden and others who have been inspired by what he is doing.
Here’s the trailer for Expectations:
Here’s an endorsement from one of Wes Peden’s buddies:
The essence of Francis Brunn’s juggling is control. He uses whole-body athletiscism and flexibility to manipulate, balance and build great combination tricks the like of which we don’t see too often today.
Here’s a clip from The Jack Benny Show where Brunn demonstrates his skills as the comedian pokes fun at his flamboyant performance style.
Read the Juggling Hall of Fame entry for Francis Brunn here.