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Bliss may have (I mean use) fewer balls, but don’t you think he performs with more grace than Garfield?
Yeah – what he said.
The Bliss guy actually seems to be listening to the music – when I saw it (and my workmates) we agreed it was the nearest thing we’d seen to jazz juggling. The other guy is very good and all, just not doing the same trick.
Five balls in the air simultaneously and you want jazz as well? Mother. Of. God.
(Didn’t I once have sex with you?)
I think that would be highly unlikely, but I’ll check with the wife. 😉
Seriously – I don’t have an opinion which is better – it’s comparing apples and oranges. I love juggling, and I can barely manage the simplest 3 balls in the air cascade myself. But despite 5 being very cool, I’ve seen people doing it before. I’ve never seen someone working so closely with the music as in that clip.
To be honest I imagine that sort of trick would be impossible with 5 balls (though I thought juggling with 7 balls was impossible until I saw it).
I do want jazz, yes. Life is short. 🙂
Yup, agree with most of the above. The five balls is great juggling, but it is not nearly as well connected to the music as the chap with three.
Are you going to tell him his juggling’s not quite up to scratch or shall I?
“Hey, Big Ears! could you do that again, but more sensitively this time, mmmkay?”
You just know he’ll find this post in a matter of days…
I’m a juggling hobbyist from many years back and can juggle five balls (nowhere near the way you see in the video). From my cynical perspective, the Bliss guy struck me as not a juggler’s juggler but I finally had to admit that it was impressive how well he juggles on the beat and without dropping. I would think most jugglers who saw that video were a little annoyed that the tricks it takes years of arduous work to master only get a smattering of applause whereas when Joe Schmoe Juggler does the ‘eating the apple’ trick or juggles to a Beatles song, he’s Jesus Christ.
Jason Garfield is one of the world’s greatest ‘numbers’ jugglers. That is, there are probably only 2 or 3 jugglers in the world who can juggle as many objects as he can. He specializes in doing the impossible while making it look easier than walking.
But from what little I know of Garfield, he’s *extremely* competetive and not worried about tact when it comes to showing his superiority (or at least that’s his schtick as a performer; he’s sort of a Muhammad Ali of juggling). So it probably drove him crazy that the whole world is wetting itself over a run-of-the-mill juggler.
One of the greatest three ball jugglers is a guy named Michael Moschen. Can’t find any video links.
Chris Bliss was doing the same act back in 1984. His “jazz” hasn’t changed in over 20 years. It’s choreographed to hell and back.
How, exactly, is its being choreographed a bad thing?
Try looking at this video, then let me know what you think of Mr Bliss’ juggling routine.
I can only do maybe 50% of the patterns in this video, and there is no way I could pull of the connections along with all that! So good luck.