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Captain Maybe plays with his balls

I started reading Lord Valentine’s Castle on the plane back from Canada. The protagonist, Valentine, joins a troop of jugglers at the start of the novel. He learns to juggle in an afternoon, and juggling remains a theme throughout the book. When I got back to Britain, I found that my sister’s friend (who’d been staying here) had got herself a set of Halloween juggling balls – not being able juggle and not showing any inclination to learn. She’s gone now, but she left the balls behind – and I’ve co-opted them.

I’d never tried juggling before and had a look for some how-to information on the internet. It’s fairly straightforward:

Hold two balls in your right hand and one in your left (or the other way round if you’re left-handed);

Toss the front ball in your right hand to the left hand;

When it reaches the top of its arc – about eye-level – toss the ball in your left hand to the right;

Catch the first ball;

The second ball should now be at the top of its arc – toss the third ball;

Catch the second ball;

Toss the first;

Catch the third;

Toss the second;

Et cetera.

As it points out in Lord Valentine’s Castle, all the actions are consecutive – you shouldn’t be throwing and catching simultaneously.

Obviously, Valentine only learns to juggle in an afternoon because he’s a fictional character. I’ve been at it for about five days now and can only juggle imperfectly. I have the basic method down, but I can string together maybe 10 to 15 throws and catches before the balls go all over the place. The difficulty is throwing consistently; it’s easy to get into a kind of feedback loop where a slightly off throw puts your hands out of position and causes a worse throw.

Still, I’m improving noticeably every time I practice.

Categories: Miscellaneous
  1. savasana
    11 November 2007 at 3:49 am

    Ohhhhhh…..balls for juggling…..so you don’t need any jam then…..;-P

  2. 12 November 2007 at 4:00 am

    Obviously not … who would lick it off?

  3. savasana
    12 November 2007 at 5:18 am

    Surely you must know some jam lovers lol!

  4. 15 November 2007 at 5:48 am

    Hmm… The dog?

  5. savasana
    15 November 2007 at 11:43 pm

    Perhaps you should think more along the lines of two-legged folks…..even when jam isn’t part of the equation…. 😉

    But speaking of pets, I don’t recall you mentioning the fate of your cat Bertha (or perhaps I overlooked it). Did you find her?

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