Beginning to Juggle

Juggling has been around for centuries. It is an art that is only crafted and perfected with time and dedicated practice. If you want to juggle you will have to come to terms with the fact that you will drop what you are juggling thousands and thousands of times. It is going to happen no matter what. The best thing to do is find a spot where you will be able to pick up the balls you drop with relative ease. Most people prefer juggling over a bed or practicing in their backyard. Find a spot that is comfortable for you. You want to be relaxed while juggling. Practice and patience is everything.

The Goal

Many people that try to juggle on their own often try to do what is known as a shower pattern. This is when you juggle three balls in a circle. Most people that try this to begin with fail and have a very frustrating and difficult time. The shower pattern is much harder to perform than it looks so instead of the shower pattern you should start with the easiest and most basic juggling pattern known as the cascade pattern. The following steps and directions will lead you on the fast track to juggling the cascade pattern in no time.

Step One

step1Once you are in the place where you feel most comfortable and you have the three balls you wish to juggle with you are ready to begin learning how to juggle. To begin with put two balls down and hold one ball in either your left or right hand. You are going to practice throwing and catching which are the only techniques you need in order to master the cascade pattern. To begin hold your hands out in front of you with your palms facing up. Lower the hand with the ball in it to your side before you throw. You want to throw the ball up and just a little bit across. You want to throw the ball moving only your elbow. A common beginner’s mistake is to flick their wrist when throwing; this will throw you off and make it harder for you to throw the ball the same way consistently. You want to throw the ball to around the top of your head. Once it peaks and is beginning to fall you want to visualize where it is going to fall to and then move your other hand under it to catch it. Do not reach up to catch the ball, let it come to you. Do not worry about catching the ball as much as throwing it correctly. Catching will come naturally with practice, good throws are vital here. Continue to practice throwing the ball to the same height while keeping your hands level. Once this motion is easy to accomplish you can begin on step two.

Step Two

juggling step 2Now you are ready to begin throwing two balls. Pick up another ball and hold one ball in each hand the same way you had your hands when juggling one ball, level in front of you. Throw one ball up like you originally practiced with one ball. Just as the first ball begins coming back down you want to throw the other ball up into the air. Catch the first ball and then catch the second ball and stop. Take a pause and a breath after each catch. Keeping yourself relaxed is one of the most important parts of mastering juggling. It is easy to get carried away which leads to mistakes and more drops. Do not throw one ball up into the air and then hand the other ball over to the empty hand. This is the most common mistake made by beginners. It is not juggling and will not help you learn how to juggle at all. Alternate starting hands in order to get efficient with both. Once you can juggle two balls easily you are ready to attempt the final step.

Final Test

Step 3 of how to juggleThis is what you have been waiting and practicing for, three balls. Hold two balls in one hand and one ball in the other. Always start with the hand that has two balls in it. Simple math should tell you that you can’t alternate effectively if you start with the hand that has one ball in it. All you are adding is a third ball to throw up and catch. When the first ball you throw up starts to fall throw the second ball and then when the second ball starts to fall throw the third. Catch all three and stop. You want to throw each ball at the same height. You should catch each ball in the hand it wasn’t thrown from which should leave you with one ball in the hand you started with and two in your other hand. If you started with two in your right hand then those two balls should be in your left hand. Once you can throw and catch all three fairly easily just keeping going. When you catch one simply throw it back up and continue alternating hands in an even rhythm. See how long you can keep it up and count your throws in order to keep track of how well you are doing.

Congratulations! You are now an official amateur juggler! Keep practicing and you will be ready to move on to harder patterns in no time. Before long you may even start juggling other objects. Remember, it takes practice and patience to juggle properly. Keep at it and there is no telling what amazing feats of juggling you will be able to perform.