The Natural and The Swan Brothers
- This weekend, some juggling happenings begged to be reported.
The children in Galt were very shy, but Chris, Charlie and I did
teach several people how to juggle including a mom with two girls.
We also met Don who after learning how to juggle showed us some
crazy body coordination thing that he had made up himself. If I
remember correctly this is the pattern: Left arm goes up, down, out,
then repeats. Right arm goes up, down, out, in, then repeats.
Eventually the arms sync up again, then switch the arm patterns.
Right leg goes up, forward, back, sideways, down, then switch legs.
The arms and legs all are going at the same time. I think there may
have been some head movements that he added too, but I think his sons
were a little embarrassed that he'd shown us that much and were ready
Near the end of our gig, a kid came in and learned to juggle three
balls in a matter of minutes. While he was practicing three balls he
sometimes was juggling two in one hand, so I showed him four balls.
Then I started showing him clubs. In about twenty-five minutes, he
was juggling three balls and trying to incorporate behind the back
throws into his pattern and starting out with an under the leg toss,
plus could also juggle four balls synchronously. I think if we had
given him some clubs and an hour outside, he would have been juggling
clubs too. Aleck(?) said that he played baseball so already had some
coordination and he said he hadn't juggled before.
At the Western Festival in Elk Grove Regional Park, I saw the Swan
Brothers. Yes, the guys that sometimes show up to Damento with their
homemade felt hats. Yes, one of them is an IJA joggling champion. I
saw part of their show and Chris saw more of it. They had their
medium sized tent set up. They used to have bleachers for their
larger tent (but the insurance was $4,000/yr compared to $400 without
bleachers). To see Chris juggling with the Swan Brothers and Andy's
juggling eggs upside-down while suspended from a bar trick, here are