Apps' Juggle Saver
(PC version only) -- an unbelievable screen
saver that uses OpenGL to generate a smooth, 3D animation of a figure juggling
set patterns and random site swaps. You can even make up your own patterns.
To register (by just sending him a postcard!) and to download more patterns,
see his webpage at http://members.tripod.co.uk/jugglesaver/
If you're having trouble contacting Brian, contact
They're in MPEG format. If you have a Mac, you might need to download an
MPEG player such as MacZilla.
If you use Windows, you might need to download the latest Windows
You are downloading directly from my computer. If the server doesn't seem
to be available, I'm probably asleep -- try again at a more reasonable hour!
All movies and descriptions are from Barry Bakalor's Juggling Information
Rastelli film, 800 KB
Enrico Rastelli, 1896-1931, is often cited as the greatest juggler who
ever lived. This is the only film of him known to exist, made in 1929
at the La Scala Theater in Berlin, Germany. It includes juggling 4 sticks,
juggling 6 plates while spinning a ring on his leg and skipping a rope
turned by two assistants, jumping rope with a soccer ball bouncing on
his head, soccer ball head rolls, brief juggling of 5 and then 4 large
balls, and bouncing 2 balls on his head.
May, 5 balls, 259 KB
Bobby May was long known as America's greatest juggler. This is the 5
ball routine from the film of his act in 1933 at the La Scala Theater
in Berlin, Germany. It starts with a force bounce that is brought up into
a high cascade, followed by throws under both legs, a half-shower, a half-shower
with shoulder throws, and a full shower. The balls are then dropped to
the floor from the full shower and 4 are caught in his hat after a bounce.
The last ball bounces from his forehead to his neck, rolled down his back,
and is caught in his hat held between his legs as he somersaults forward.
May, 4 clubs, 343 KB
Bobby May performed this brief 4 club routine for a fan's movie camera,
starting with a series of 4 clubs dropped to his foot and kicked back
into the 4 club pattern, changing to a 4 club half shower, moving to
synchronous throws and 4 club splits, and finishing with a high throw
caught behind his back. But that's not all. Bobby did this entire routine
with a fifth club balanced, base down, on his forehead.
Brunn, impossible trick, 705 KB
This is a segment of an appearance by Francis Brunn on the Jack Benny
television show in 1961, and shows what I often describe to others as
an utterly impossible trick. Francis holds 2 large balls in his left
hand, which do nothing except to demonstrate that his left hand is not
used. He holds a large ball in his right hand, and kicks another large
ball from his foot to his forehead. He spins the ball in his right hand
on his finger, and then drops the ball on his forehead to the back of
his neck as he bends forward. He then straightens up, dropping the ball
on his neck down his back. Just before it reaches the ground, he kicks
it with his heel, causing it to fly back up over his head in front of
him. As it descends, he catches it perfectly, on top of the other ball,
still spinning on his finger! Note that this is not done with editing,
or by giving him many chances until he got it. This is one of the tricks
Brunn performed in his act, in front of live audiences, every night.
Brunn, combination trick, 1380 KB
This is Francis Brunn's famous combination trick, also from his appearance
on the Jack Benny show. Standing on his left leg, Francis spins 2 large
rings on his right leg, and 2 more on his right arm, as he spins a large
ball on his right forefinger. A smaller ball is perched on top of a
stick held in his mouth, while another ball sits on a stick balanced
on his forehead. At the same time, Francis juggles 3 rings effortlessly
in his left hand. Though often copied by many, this trick has never
been duplicated completely by anyone with Brunn's excellent style and
Gatto, 8 rings, 480 KB
After winning the U.S. Nationals the night before at age 13, Anthony
Gatto closed the 1986 IJA public show with an incredible display of
technical juggling. His entire routine was executed perfectly, and consisted
entirely of the most difficult tricks anyone could hope to see, including
this run of 16 throws and catches with 8 rings. These performances were
also notable as the first times Anthony ever performed in long pants.
Gatto, 5 clubs, 1180 KB
Anthony Gatto finished his public show performance with this 5 club
routine, including a kick-up start with a balance, kneeling, throws
under each leg, 6 throws behind the back with each hand, 14 backcrosses,
two 3-high half-pirouettes, and a 5-high full pirouette. It is safe
to say that this was the most technically difficult 5 club routine ever
performed by any juggler, and was done in front of an audience of 2500
jugglers and fans, flawlessly, at the age of 13.
Lucas, 3 clubs, 837 KB
Albert Lucas closed his winning U.S. Nationals competition performance
with an excellent 3 club routine. This is the last half of it, which
took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 19, 1984.
Tiemann, 11 ball flash, 2470 KB
Boppo, firstname.lastname@example.org, demonstrates
a clean 11 ball flash with bean bags.
Rubenstein, Rubenstein's Revenge, 376 KB
Rick Rubenstein, of Clockwork, demonstrates the
definitive Rubenstein's Revenge.
Recurse, 667 KB
This is a demonstration of the work done by Dave Blumenthal (email@example.com) and Tom
as part of their Jugit
project to generate raytrace animations of juggling. This animation
machine juggling 5 smaller machines, each of which does likewise.
Set your MPEG player to loop, and you will zoom in on the action.