Juggling Lessons

Tricks - Columns

Columns, with out rotation.

2 in 1 hand with a clockwise rotation. (Notice how Juggler Bob is able to have the ball pass right through his elbow. That's an advanced move, and is not recommended for beginners)
Two Balls in one Hand
A number of juggling tricks are based on being able to keep two balls in the air, using only one hand. There are three basic methods of doing two balls in one hand;
  • Rotating the balls clockwise
  • Rotating the balls counter-clockwise
  • Not rotating the balls at all.
All three methods, work the same way. As one ball reaches it's peak, toss the next ball. Some people find that one variation is easier, while some people find that another variation works best for them. Try all three, and see which one you learn first.

The trick "Columns" has Juggler Bob doing 2 in 1 with his left hand, and a single ball in his right.
Once you can keep two balls in the air with one hand, even if only for a few throws, you can try doing columns.

While doing two in one hand, practice doing something completely different with your other hand. Start with waving. Then rub your stomach, or pat your head. Finally try pantomiming a throw that's in time with the juggling hands blue ball.

If you can do that, you can add the ball, and try throwing it, in time with the juggling hand.

Juggler Bob cheats to do the same trick.
Cheating Columns
This variation looks much easier than "real" columns, but it is actually harder, as each of your hands is doing a different action, sort of like patting your head, while rubbing your belly.

While doing regular columns, hold the green ball in whichever hand is less strong at doing columns, and move the ball up and down in time with the blue ball, with out throwing it.

Crowds always love this trick, so learn it if you want to perform.


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