Zipcode Man: Juggler Turned Memory Artist

David Rosdeitcher is one of those people you hear about whenever you say you’re a street performer. It usually goes like this:

“You street perform? I once saw a guy who could tell everyone in the audience what their zip code was. It was amazing! Can you do that?!”

It’s always a little humbling.


Here’s an article
about Zipcode Man and how he got his start as a street performing juggler before finding his niche as a memorization phenomenon.

Makes you wonder what skill you have that could turn your act into something truly different and amazing.

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.)

Chuck Norris Juggling Facts

If only Chuck Norris juggled!

In the spirit of chucknorrisfacts.com, David Cain started a funny post on the rec.juggling forum with these Chuck Norris juggling facts:

Chuck Norris won the 1983 IJA Numbers Championships Clubs Division by
flashing 3 balls.

Chuck Norris can force bounce 5 cigar boxes.

Chuck Norris attended the first WJF convention dressed as a barefoot
clown and did nothing but poi, using the shrunken heads of two enemies
for the balls. Jason Garfield never said a word.

There are no invalid siteswaps for Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris flashed 13 rings. Albert Lucas was hiding under the
bleachers and video taped it. He then digitally replaced Chuck’s head
with his own. This explains why we’ve never seen it publically.

Chuck Norris created a wormhole through time by rubbing a balloon on
his beard. He then traveled back 4,000 years to Egypt and taught the
women he met how to juggle. Chuck invented juggling.

Why did Rastelli die so early? Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris accidentally invented 5 club backcrosses. His clubs were
so afraid of him that they naturally went behind him in hopes that
Chuck wouldn’t see them and roundhouse kick them.

Juggling Kung Fu Master – Chuck’s idea

To see the other Chuck Norris juggling facts that people came up with visit rec.juggling.

Some Inspiring Words for the New Year

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.

Click here to read the whole post.

Classic Performers: Kris Kremo

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.

(Thanks to http://www.veress.se/kriskremo.htm for information about Kris Kremo.)

A Modern Juggling Film by Wes Peden

Ever since his video Marshmallow rocked the juggling subculture, and ever since he issued his challenge to “do something different!“, we’ve been wondering what Wes Peden was up to.

Turns out it was his newest movie, Expectations, available for purchase and download at www.wespeden.com.

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:

Classic Performers: Francis Brunn

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.