The Juggling Blog Void

Sometimes we feel so alone. Where are all the other juggling blogs?  There are blogs about every subject under the sun, but the representation of the juggling subculture in the blogoshpere is paltry and depressing. Jugglers are smart, willing to work hard, creative, collaborative, entrepreneurial, enthusiastic–all ingredients for solid, interesting blogs–but for some reason, very few of us are willing to channel these characteristics into blogs.

That needs to change. We need more juggling blogs!

Like we said in one of our first posts:

Juggling and the internet seem like they meant for each other. Juggling is a collaborative endeavor. And now–with sites like YouTube, MySpace, Flicker, etc–it’s easier than ever to share. Any 12-year-old kid with a Macbook and a decent three ball cascade can make a video of himself/herself doing the “most awesome juggling routing ever”, ad a groovey soundtrack, and post it up for the world to see.

So why aren’t more of us doing it? Are there just not as many jugglers out there as we think? Is there not enough for the juggling subculture to talk about? Are jugglers not thoughtful and passionate enough about their skills?

A thousand times NO!

There have been a few rays of light that quickly fade away. It seems to be an epedemic among juggling blogs: They will post a few great posts, seemingly walk away for months, and eventually abandon the endeavor. Even some of the big names in juggling have started blogs that get a post once every three months at best.

So here is yet another plea to the juggling subculture: Start more juggling blogs and stick with them!

If you need some good examples here are a few people who are doing exactly what we need:

(Disclaimer: We humbly admit that we don’t know everything, and that there may be some great juggling blogs out there that we haven’t found. If you’ve found some or if you’ve started one please tell us!)

Becoming a Professional

Michael Karas recently wrote this post on his blog, The Karasel of Progress, about his decision to pursue juggling as a professional career. Karas does a good job of articulating the dilemma that comes with making such a decision: should you compromise your artistic integrity to be marketable and make money, or should you stick to your artistic guns and eat Ramen noodles every night while you’re waiting for the rest of the world to get it?

Karas has some entertaining videos on YouTube. He’s obviously a very talented and creative juggler/entertainer. I don’t think he’ll have any problem making this career choice work and keep his artistic integrity in tact at the same time.

Here at JugglingSubculture.com we say: Go get ’em Michael!

Here’s a video Michael Karas posted from the Montreal Juggling Fest back in May:

Anthony Gatto vs. Vova Galchenko

I came across this article from the Boston Globe comparing two of the golden boys of juggling, Anthony Gatto and Vova Galchenko. Recently on an episode of Celebrity Circus, Galchenko beat a world record for 5-club 5-up-360’s, performing the trick 21 times in a minute. Gatto responded with a YouTube video of himself performing the trick 24 times and declaring the record bogus. The juggle-off continued as both parties sought to out-do each other over YouTube until Gatto opted out with somewhat of a regret for starting duel in the first place.

Clearly both men are extremely talented jugglers. Both come from very different schools of juggling which are hard to compare. Even Galchenko admits, however, that Gatto is in a league of his own when it comes to consistently performing at very high level. Whoever is the best, it’s great to get this kind of press for juggling. It brings excitement and interest to the juggling subculture. I think Galchenko and Gatto should face off on some more fronts just for the publicity it draws!

Forget about who’s the best, who’s your favorite juggler, Anthony Gatto or Vova Galchenko?

Not Your Average Juggler

Perry Romanowski claims to be Just Your Average Joggler; meaning he likes to combine his love for juggling and running into the niche sport known as joggling. He runs small distances, competes in joggling competitions at the IJA conventions, and even runs marathons while juggling. Recently he ended a streak of joggling over one mile every day for 444 days.

He might think of himself as “just your average joggler” but in my book that makes him an above average juggler. He takes his sport very seriously and maintains the best joggling blog on the Internet, touching on a variety of topics about running, juggling, joggling, and more.

The juggling subculture needs more enthusiasts like Perry Romanowski and we definitely need more blogs like his.

Vova Galchenko in the New York Times

Vova Galchenko is a giant in the juggling subculture. He (and his sister Olga) have been all over the WJF competitions and have some great videos on YouTube.

Here’s a great profile written about Vova in Play, the New York Times online sports magazine.

It’s always interesting when a non-juggler writes about a juggler. It’s clear that this reporter “gets it” when it comes to the skill, the passion, the dedication, and the hard work that goes into juggling.

Simon Cowell’s Juggling Philosophy

Simon Cowell, of American Idol fame, moonlights as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent where he expressed this philosophy on what it takes to be an entertaining juggler:

No one’s interested in a juggler unless there’s a good chance he’s going to kill himself.

Obviously those who view juggling as purely sport would balk at such a comment, but it’s an interesting thing to think about for anyone putting together a juggling show for the street.

Here’s one guy who Simon was very impressed with:

Triple Staff Juggling

Here’s something a little different: A short video of Sebastian Berger–a frighteningly happy triple staff expert–showing us all a variety of ways to begin triple staff juggling. (Cause I know you were wondering!)

Patrick Dempsey-“Sexiest Juggler Alive”

Before he was a star on the small screen or the big screen, Patrick Dempsey was a juggler. And apparently he’s pretty good. At the age of 15, Dempsey won 2nd place–losing only to Anthony Gatto–at an IJA competition in Cleveland.

Dempsey talks about his run as a competing juggler in a recent Newsweek article that declares him the “sexiest juggler alive.” The article also mentions that Dempsey’s juggling skills will make a cameo in his new movie Made of Honor.

Here’s an 18-year-old Dempsey juggling in a 1984 music video called “Overnight Success”:

Click here to read the Newsweek interview.

Click here to see him talk about his juggling past on the Ellen Dejeneres show.