There are many ways to juggle besides just juggling three balls.
During our EarthCapades performances, we use a number of different juggling props. We often get questions for students about what they are, so here is a brief description of the different props we use:
The juggling club (or pin) looks amazing when it is flying through the air.
The art of juggling clubs is just like juggling balls – but every pin has a spin, too!
Managing the spin of juggling pins does take some practice, but once you get the hang of it, you can switch between single spins and double (or triple!) spins with ease.
After you have added a spin, why not set it on fire?
Juggling Torches are just the same as clubs. They spin the same way, and you pass them with a partner the same way.
You just have to make sure never to point your torches down.
Fire goes straight up, so if you point a torch to the ground, you burn your hand!
When a torch is spinning, though, the flame goes behind it. Keeping the circular spin in motion is key to keeping your hands safe when you are juggling torches.
The diabolo is one of our favorite juggling props.
Like the juggling pin, it spins, but it spins really, really fast.
Every diabolo uses a string to get up to speed. By having the ends of the strings attached to short rods, you can whisk the string along the center of the diabolo at super fast speeds.
Once the diabolo is spinning, you can toss it up in the air. The curved sides of the diabolo make it easy to catch on the string, and throw again.
Then you can start using cats cradles with the string – wrapping the string around the poles, and making different shapes with the string – and this gets really fun and complicated.
Juggling rings are really wonderful props. You can do tricks with rings that you cannot do with other props – like put them over your head!
When a juggler wants to attempt a world record, they usually don’t try with balls. They make the attempt with rings, because they are slightly easier to catch at high speed.
The current world record for the most objects juggled at once is 13.
For a long time, this was only accomplished with rings, until Alex Barron came along, and broke the world record for beanbags (also 13) in 2013.
Watch him do it.
There are lots of juggling props at Renegade Juggling.
When we need to purchase new equipment, we love ordering from Renegade Juggling. Look through their catalogue for more circus toys!