"The imaginary friends I had as a kid dropped me because their friends thought I didn't exist." -- Aaron Machado
I've been juggling for nearly ten years now. It's all thanks to a circus skills workshop -- I forget where it was being run, but I happened to pass through with my family. I didn't learn to juggle on the day, but I was interested enough to stick at it.
Since those early days I've branched out into clubs, knives, fire, bounce juggling and contact juggling. Although not particularly technically impressive, the fire has to best for pleasing a crowd. Well, see for yourself:
My fondest juggling memories must be the Oxford vs Cambridge 'varsity matches'. That's right, competitive juggling! Here's the 2002 match report. Ah, memories. There are also some photos from the 2003 match. They were lots of fun for all involved, and I managed to pick up first place in a handful of events, too. Yay!
Knives aren't bad when it comes to pleasing a crowd, either. On several occasions I've juggled the knives in public, for charity. They always draw a lot of attention -- children in particular seem fascinated, for some reason. (I was walking to one such event with the knives in my backpack when suddenly they fell out and onto the pavement with a clatter -- the look I got from passers-by was hilarious).
But, showing off aside, what does juggling have to offer? Well, it's lots of fun. It combines newtonian physics and discrete mathematics into something that's part sport and part art form. So it's no wonder that most of the people who juggle are geeks (in my experience, at least).
I'll be talking about some of the more interesting bits in these pages, with the minimum possible showing off from now on. Honest.