Juggling – 3 Ball Pattern

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Avid juggler David Sangillo demonstrates 3 ball pattern juggling exercises.

    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 and I am showing you how to juggle. Right now, I am going to demonstrate how to throw three balls and the basic three ball juggling pattern and if you have already mastered the steps I have shown with one and two balls, you are already halfway to being able to juggle three balls. Now, the way that you want to hold the balls is you want to have two in hand and one in the other. The ball closest to your fingertips in the one hand is the ball that you throw first. So, you start by throwing the first ball out just as you had in the first and second exercises, then you throw the second ball and when the second ball reaches its highest point, thats when you throw the third ball thats still in your hand and cross it to the other hand just as if the third ball where the second ball in the two ball exercise. Catch the second ball and then make room in the other hand to catch the third ball. The same rules apply with three as they did with one and two. The balls should all be thrown the same height and should stay in a two dimensional plane that does not allow them to move any closer or further away from your body. Also, dont take any steps forward or backwards. Once you have got three throws down pretty well, you are ready to move on to four throws. With four throws, the first ball that was thrown should be thrown a second time when the third ball reaches its highest point. Next move on to five throws, practice it. Then six throws, practice it etcetera. Eventually you wont even have to stop at any number and you will just be able to juggle continuously. At this point you are pretty much able to juggle. Now a few mistakes that some people make when they are learning how to juggle is, that they will get to three throws and then they wont be able to throw the fourth throw out quick enough to catch the third ball and in order to get that hand to throw quick enough one sort of practice technique that you can use is, dont even worry where the fourth throw goes, just get it out of hand so that you can catch the third ball. So that will look like this. Practice that a few times, and you are already halfway to making the fourth throw because you have got it out of your hand. Now you just have to get into the other hand. So, this is what it looks like once you have gotten it. Same thing goes if you are learning with five and you are difficulty getting the fifth ball out of your hand. Another common problem that people have is they will tend to throw outwards and then they will start walking towards the direction that they are throwing and so thats no good.

    So, one thing that you can do to correct that is stand in front of a wall and that will help you gauge depth and it wont allow you to move forwards. When you are learning how to juggle, you cant really -- most of people cant learn to do it in just one day. So, I recommend breaking down the practice into just a little bit of juggling each day. Thats the easiest and least frustrating way that you are going to learn. As soon as you are pretty comfortable with juggling three balls like this, you are ready to move on to some basic tricks.