Lately I’ve been toying with the idea of putting a juggling routine together that would be set to music. This is something I’ve never done. I’ve stuck to the street juggler’s perspective that personality is your best tool to sell your juggling show and that people too often rely on music as a crutch to help them perform. But as I get a little older, and as my technical skills have progressed, and as I’ve noticed that every time I do a show I lose my voice for three days, I think it’s time to have at least one musical routine in my repertoire. It will be an interesting journey trying to pick music, to pick tricks, and to put an act together that will be entertaining, show off my skills, but not make it look like I take myself, or my juggling, too seriously.
Here’s one routine set to music. This kid picked a good song (you can’t beat U2), presents his skills in a nice progression that mixes well with the progression of the music, ads some dramatic movements, and, even with fairly “elementary” skills, seems to really connect with his audience.