Can I nudge you to take a look at our World Juggling Day ... weekend event? #WJDW
It's happening soon and we'd love you to be there.
Sorry thought the hashtag might link to the event. It's on the events page 17th-19th June UK. 😀
I don't think hashtags work from forum any more, but there is a link from the event to forum discussions about it.
I did read somewhere that the sooner people pre-register, the more nice things there will be at WJDW
If people are strugging to find World Juggling Day Weekend in the listings, here is a direct link:
Can anyone ID this devil stick / knows where I can get an equivalent?
A while ago I found a devil stick that had been lurking in a bag of un-played-with props for a long time and have been having fun learning something new. I figured I'd try two devil sticks, so ordered a couple of Mr.Babache ones so I've have a matching pair. They showed up, and I was immediately surprised at just how much heavier they were than the one I currently have.
I weighed them, and the one I had before weighs 150 grams, the Mr.Babache ones weigh 250 grams. So that would explain things -- it's just that I'm _used_ to the lighter one. (I'm not sure if less weight is good or bad, but it's what I'm used to and it feels a lot easier/faster to knock around). Looking at other places that make devil sticks, they all seem to be in the same range; Henrys ones are "circa 225 grams", Renegade's are 220-235 grams, play's are 250, dube are perhaps even heavier. There's a 'juggle dream supreme glitter' I saw mentioned that comes in a 'light' version but nobody has them in stock. (there's lots of flower sticks that are probably lighter but those are going to be even slower)
So, long shot -- does anyone recognise what I have? I would have got it at a BJC in the '90s, most likely, so it's a pretty big stretch to see if anyone can identify it but I figure if anywhere would have someone that can, it's here.
It looks like this: (the mr. babache one is on the left, for contrast): https://imgur.com/8AnRfZH
Not sure if the decorations are distinctive enough to be identifiable; the ends look like this: https://imgur.com/UGGSD1L if it helps at all.
Alternatively, should I just toughen up and get used to the heavier ones? What's the advantage there? (I assume there's a reason all the existing ones are about the same weight, after all)
That looks an awful lot like the ones we sold in Oddballs in the 90s. (I might even have sold it to you. :-) ) The end caps look quite thin to me now, but perhaps they were thickened at a later date? Maybe that's a small factor in the weight difference. Also, wood is a naturally varying material, so perhaps you just got the lightest one in the pack. I can't remember what brand/model name we used for them at the time (prism? holo?), but I can tell you they were made by https://www.jacjuggling.co.uk/index.asp , so maybe they can help you.
It looks very similar to one that I have in my bag of un-played-with props...maybe made by Beard or Absolute?
I'll try to dig it out later and weigh it
The one on the right looks identical to one I had. I think I bought it from the Butterfingers stand at the BJC in Nottingham 1997. I was definitely told it was an Absolute devilstick.
It sounds like I'm not going to be able to find the same one again -- Jac are still around, but their standard devilsticks are very different, and their flower sticks have the same style of decoration but are flower sticks. (I already have innertubes and hockey tape and doweling, so made my own flower sticks)
I am genuinely impressed at the depth of arcane historical knowledge here, though -- thanks, everyone!
It's a week until Bungay Balls Up starts, and we're looking forward to welcoming you all!
We should have all the usual facilities, including the Big Top, Cafe Chameleon, the games tent, toilets, showers, outside camp fire, etc.
We've been working behind the scenes to make the convention as safe as possible for everyone this year, as COVID is still a concern.
The good news is as BBU is in a field, most areas are pretty well ventilated, which helps reduce risks considerably.
These are the extra things we're doing this year:
(1) we'll have CO2 monitors in the cafe tent and games tent to show how well ventilated they are (using an easily visible green/orange/red/flashing-red colour-coded system)
(2) we'll be putting extra tables and chairs in the big top, so people who want to eat or socialise in a more ventilated space can choose to do so
(3) we'll be providing plenty of firewood for the outdoor camp fire, for those that prefer to keep warm away from crowded areas
(4) during the show and convention meeting, we'll be making sure the big top has extra ventilation
Before you leave for Bungay, please do check if you have any symptoms that make you think you might have COVID, and if so please take a test before coming. Lateral Flow Tests are available from Boots for about £2 each.
If you do have access to LFTs, it's worth taking a test anyway, as COVID is often symptomless.
See you next week!
I shall be there. Looking forward to my first festival since Bungay 2019 (blimey)
http://www.bungayballsup.com/prices/ says the 2019 prices have been confirmed. How are the 2022 prices coming along?!
I'm Niklas from Berlin, Germany. Some of you might know me from previous EJC's or from other german Connventions as i helped at a few of them. Mostly in the area of the Technical part of the show (my day job is lighting for a televison company). I'm also part of ther Berlin Juggling Convention organizer team. Juggling wise i do mostly club juggling, sometimes balls and rarely some diabolo. While juggling clubs i like to participate in combat juggling (https://www.fightnightcombat.com/player-73.html)
i joined cause there was an old entry of my local juggling meetup here in Kaiserslautern Germany and i wanted it to be updated :)
i am 28 years old, started practicing juggling with 19 where i joined university and by the time i finished my master degree i could unicycle and juggle :) currently working on 5 clubs or getting started with long staff. my pb is balancing a club on my head while balancing myself on a rola bola on 2 wobbly wooden boards on uneven ground xD juggling while hooping on rola bola is also one of my favourites.
besides that i practice on learning new 5 ball tricks or new 3 club routines.
The last big juggling convention i was it was in Kalrsruhe germany, but mainly i stayed local for now.
Otherwise i go a lot to mediavel markets, and juggle in mediavel jester clothes to the amuesement of myself and others :)
BJC 2022 HiLoGoalCrushBaneSurprise
Renegade stages – Really high quality, especially from theStreet Performers. Laugh-out-loud heckles. Excellent comperes.
How happy everyone was the entire time. We were clearlyoverjoyed to be together again. It felt like there was some competition on ‘Whocan be the happiest’ person, and there were a number of contenders. See my comment by Mark Songhurst as a crush.
Passing on Saturday Night with the Randall Collective, Mike,Tom and Ben. Finding the groove, roasting each other, and passing = myidea of a good Saturday night.
The BJCCIC discussions, presentation and Q&A all wenteven better than I’d hoped. Stay tuned for more!
Turnout for Club Flourishes workshop.
Brie & Grape Workshop. A silly idea executed withprecision. Thinking about what to do with that workshop causing the reaction of“Literally the worst idea I’ve ever heard in my life” Luke Burrage, 2022.
Using monopoly money to bet on Fight Night. I was thebookies (naturally), so I ended up with all the money in the end (naturally).
Fashion of BJC. Albums to come. Jugglers really do dress to impress.
Missing the Games on Sunday. Family commitments and lack of time meant I couldn’t join in one of my favourite parts of the convention.
Not seeing or taking part in any Alternative Games. Late night nonsense in big tops with silly people being silly. Incredibly good fun.
Failing to go to workshops.
The burdens on the justice system in the SJC (It’s called the Southend Juggling Club but we call it the SJC as it takes less time)meant no kangaroo courts and the carnage that goes with that.
1) Have fun SUCCESS
2) Relax SUCCESS
3) Get a mandate to establish and run the CIC SUCCESS
4) Go to Workshops FAIL
5) Learn new tricks FAIL
6) Hang out with my friends SUCCESS
7) Network for my business Contract Repairman for both assistance and customers SUCCESS!
Anna’s Dad - Gave me a lift to the station, total don.
Adrian and Naomi from the coffee stand - Proper sweethearts and their caffeination station
Michelle - One of the OGs
Kaz Sareen - A total sweetheart and a new pal
Sydney and Sydney’s daughter
Nat Lunatrick - Picked me to help with renegade, usually the coolest man in any room he's in.
Iona Stewart - Femigade is new mainstay.
Katrin Wagner - My favourite show of the convention, by kilometres!
Mark Songhurst - At 10:25am on Thursday 14 April I heard Mark over the radio. Anna asked over the radio "Is everyone doing alright?" and Mark replied "I couldn't think of life being better" and that's how I felt for the whole week.
Fewer than 24 hours in one day. Only one weeklong. Only one BJC per year.
Getting 303 in Yahtzee.
How unanimously the BJCCIC was voted for.
How unanimously happy all BJC attendees were.
You're not the only one! Going to work on getting higher throws during/after when I flash 12.
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