Juggling Basics

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Avid juggler David Sangillo discusses some juggling basics.

    David Sangillo

    David Sangillo of Bethesda, Maryland, is a senior in high school, president of his school’s juggling club, and founder of Out of This World Juggling. He learned to juggle two years ago and since that time has become dedicated to improving his technique and helping others learn the art of juggling. David performs at summer camps and child care centers and at birthday parties. He also teaches children how to juggle during after-school programs. David’s involvement in juggling has led him to be featured in newspapers and the local evening news.

    Hi, I am David Sangillo from Out of This World Juggling. I have been juggling for almost two years now and belong to various juggling clubs and organizations. I also am president of my schools juggling hub and performed for camps, schools, birthdays and on other occasions. Today, I am going to show you how to juggle. From learning the basics to mastering more difficult tricks and juggling four balls, I will walk you through the entire process. All you really need to get started are few basic juggling balls and a little bit of your time to dedicate to practicing, but enough said lets get started. Right now lets talk a little bit about what you can use to juggle. Now the most common kind of juggling ball is called the bean bag and what this is, is it is basically fabric thats wrapped around bird seed and its squishy you can see. This is to help pad the catchers and this also helps because in case you drop it, it wont roll away or bounce away which is very helpful in learning how to juggle. I know I have made a lot of drops when I learned how to juggle.

    Also an alternative to bean bags is called a stage ball. They are usually larger, rounder and they are made of rubber and hollow. Those I wouldnt recommend for beginner jugglers because they are slightly harder to learn with, but they are good for you if you want to perform. Either of these balls you can get on the Internet just through a basic Google search, but if you dont want to spend money on juggling equipment there are some homemade alternatives. You can use the cross balls or you can use tennis balls, and if the tennis balls are too light you can just cut a small hole through them and fill them with bird seed or coins. So, whatever you decide on using to juggle, you want to make sure that its in between 2-3 inches in diameter, any larger than that and they will collide in the air and they will be difficult to hold on to. Any smaller than that and you will lose control. So, once you have decided on something to juggle with, you are ready to start learning how to juggle.