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Contactjugglers.org is a website for the contact juggling community. It contains articles and videos from all around the globe, and some of the most well known contact jugglers. The most well known site, ContactjugglING.org unfortunately is down for quiet some time (the link is to the internet archive). There is still a lot of good information there, but we need some new input. So don't see this site as a replacement, but (hopefully) as an addition. Btw, I'm still a regular visitor of the good old website!

Juggling is divided into three main schools: toss, bounce, and contact. Toss juggling is the form most of us are familiar with and involves tossing and catching objects in the air. Bounce juggling involves keeping several bouncing objects in motion, usually rubber balls bouncing off the ground, wall, or some other hard surface. Finally in contact juggling objects are neither tossed nor caught, but maintain contact with the body at mostly all times.

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Contact Juggling (also known as Dynamic Manipulation, Sphereplay, Orb Rolling, Spherical balancing etc) is a relatively new form of juggling where balls are rolled over the hands and body instead of tossing them in the air. The fundamental ideas of contact juggling were formulated in the early 1980s by physical artist Michael Moschen, although different forms of CJ (as we call it) have been around for quite some time.

Contactjuggling is for young and old. Its a kind of juggling you don't see very often, and is beautiful to see but is even more fun to do. One ball is enough to start!

In the book from James Ernest about Contactjuggling you can read:

"It is the mesmerizing quality of contact juggling that truly seperates it from other forms. To take a single ball and cause your audience to sit quietly amazed; to do something so simple and obvious and still hear, "How is that possible?"; this is the beauty of contact juggling. Juggling chain saws won't make them sit silently, and they won't ask you how you do it. Just why. And, unlike producing a tiger from a fish tank, you can actually tell them how you do it, and they will still want to see it again."

Learning any art takes time, patience, and regular practice...

Whatever you do, everything needs its time to learn. Walking, talking, writing... things you do without thinking when you grow up. Typing with ten fingers, or driving a car or bycicle has cost you some practice, but in the end its also an automated task. Once you get it in your system, you will never forget. The same with Contactjuggling! This website has some chapters about learning and "muscle memory".

Warning!

Before you read on its good to read the following warnings:

1. This site mainly concentrates on 1 ball contactjuggling. As most of us know it doesn't stop here. Multiball is also very fun to do! When the site has a steady base I will expand to the multiball world. When your are searching for multiball you better visit Contactjuggling.org.

2. This form of juggling is highly addictive! Once you start with it, it will be hard to stop. Ever. Its a kind of juggling in which you want to grow. There is no good or bad, and there is no need for competition. Although when you see a nice move, you want to learn it. And you feel great when you succeed!

3. Acrylics are hard. You will drop them countless times. Everything in your neighborhood is a potential target, so watch out. Make sure your glasses, smartphone, mirror, tv are safe. And also watch your feet... Practice balls are the best to start with. After you get comfortable with your move, then try your acrylic.

So don't blame me for any damage as result of your practicing.

Billy Bellew Contactjuggling downtown in Waikiki, Hawaii. He has some interesting info about the creative art of Contactjuggling, including some of its history and techniques. Great guy...