My Juggling Props
Here's a list of the stuff I have spent on juggling. And my comments on
them. I have not tried all the different vendors but perhaps it may help you
decide on your next prop.
Most of my beanbags and balls are home made. But I do own the following:
3" Dube Stage Balls. These balls are made of acrylic, hard but the
grip is very good. It wouldn't roll away very much when dropped. As the are
hard, one has to be careful not to drop it on audiences watching!
- 2.5" Bouncing Balls (from Odd Balls). These balls are made of
rubber and have a swirly pattern. They give a 70% return bounce when dropped.
I haven't been practising with them much though.
Home made bean bags. I followed the instructions given here to make
- Home made Water-filled tennis balls. The tennis balls are filled
with water using a syringe. Remove the needle from the syringe. Push it into
the ball. Then squeeze the ball and invert it over water, letting the lower
internal pressure draw in the water. Repeat procedure until ball is about
130g. Best thing is that they won't leak! These balls are best used to get a
trick solid after learning them with bean bags.
These are the most visual of juggling props. They are big and look menacing
especially when spun in the air.
Different jugglers have preferences when coming to clubs. If you are getting
your first set of clubs, a good way is to go to your local juggling club and
try out the various types from fellow jugglers. And buy the type you find
comfortable and suiting your budget. Here are further comments on
buying clubs and the
list of prop vendors.
Dube Europeans 7.7 (long handled). These are probaly the de
facto standard clubs used by jugglers world wide. Very popular and kinder
to our hands during catches. Almost all jugglers welcome using these clubs to
pass. They cost a fortune though and don't last as long as the Airflites
below. There is another version with a shorter handle that spins faster.
Dube Airflites. These clubs are almost unbreakable and can takes
lots of abuse. The spin is about the same as their European cousin. A lot of
jugglers dislike passing with these clubs because of the heavier weight and
hard handles which may give a nasty knock on the hands or body.
Home-made Torches. I made a set of 3 torches with Gavin on 3-Feb-2000.
It was great playing with fire - really brought back those memories when I
was little and liked playing with fire. I will put up some pictures and
instructions when I get the time.
Renegade Solo Rings. These rings are very nice to catch as they
have a thicker body. Unlike common ones which are thin and cause give a nasty
knock on the fingers if not caught properly. By the way, they bounce too!
Renegade Standard Rings. Inspired by
I became keen to try 5-ring juggling. So I bought these. They are thinner and
collisions is lesser. Yep - they do give a sharp knock on your fingers if you
fail to catch it properly.
Beard Devil Stick. The original tape that came with it is rather
"slippery". So I applied a tennis grip tape around it. It now gives better
traction with my silicone handsticks. I have not practise much on this prop.
Beard Flare Flex Diabolo. A rather small diabolo 4" in diameter. I
don't enjoy playing with this prop because it is not well made. Probably
other vendors like Mr Babache and
Renegade make better ones.
Cigar Boxes. I made my first 3 cigar boxes this month (Mar 2000).
Quite a satisfying effort after getting inspiration from
Mark Nizer's cigar box
routine. The boxes are made of plywood and measurements were taken from
Ben Decker's site. The
challenge now is learning it.
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Created: 30 May 1998 | Updated: 28 Mar 2001