Sticks and stones will break my bones,
The three clubs hanging on my wall (most of the time) are
three golden Custom
European Dubé clubs that I bought about fifteen years
ago at the Jonglerie, a juggling shop that had
then just opened. Werner, its owner, taught me and
another aspiring artist how to juggle for DM 5,-/hour; that was cheap
even back then, and Werner was a good teacher (and an amazing juggler),
even if I wasn't a very good pupil.
but clubs and balls can't ... oops, watch out ... &@%#!
I used to visit the Statthaus Böcklerpark (a kind of youth club
in Berlin, Kreuzberg) on Tuesday nights;
all kinds of jugglers went there, professionals who earned their
living on the streets as well as kids like me who were just getting
started. There were people practicing unicycles, clubs,
balls, rings, devilsticks; and some artists that didn't use anything
at all and just worked on their saltos and handstands.
Music to juggle by
By now, I've stopped juggling for a few years and have
started again; I've bought a new set of lightweight clubs
(Henry's dolphin) to go easy on my wrists, and six
that I dearly love, although they don't quite all weigh the same
and are a little too large for me.
The Jonglerie still florishes; they've recently opened a
second shop close to the tourist center of Berlin. Both
shops have turned halfway into gift shops; with baloons and feathers
and bells that are supposed to jangle in tune with your astrological
sign. The tourists get on my nerves, but the juggling
half is still competent and friendly.
The ceiling above my bed
Juggling on the World-Wide Web
The undisputed pinnacle of juggling material on the
World-Wide Web is the Juggling Information Service at www.juggling.org. Whether
you're looking for shops, software, images, tips, or people to meet -
if it has to do with juggling, it's there.
Andrew Conway has put a couple of his juggling articles
on the web, although he seems to be somewhat ambivalent about site
swaps. Check out his fascinating survey of
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