Juggling is a great way to hone your reflexes, improve your coordination, and impress your friends.
Step 1: Start in the "rest" position Start in the "rest" position. Stand with your hands in front of you at waist level, and about shoulder width apart. Hold one of the balls comfortably in your right hand.
Step 2: Master the basic throw Throw the ball in an arc from your right hand to your left, and back again. Do this at least 50 times, making your movements smooth and relaxed, returning your hands to the rest position after each catch.
TIP: The peak of the arc should be at the height of your head, but slightly off- center, above the shoulder of the catching arm. Notice the ball at the top of its arc, but don't follow it or look at your hands.
Step 3: Do a two-ball exchange Do a two-ball exchange. Put one ball in each hand. Throw the first ball as before. When the ball reaches the top of its arc, throw the other ball just under it. Catch each ball in the opposite hand.
TIP: Be patient -- it takes practice. Stay focused on your throwing technique. If you get stuck, forget about catching for awhile and just let the balls fall to the floor.
Step 4: Do a three-ball exchange Do a three-ball exchange. Add another ball to your right hand and throw it. When it peaks, throw the next ball from the opposite hand. When that peaks, throw the third ball. Catch the balls in turn, catching the last one next to the second one in your left hand.
TIP: Each time you practice, visualize the path of the three balls before you begin.
Step 5: Do the three-ball cascade Do the three-ball cascade. Keep the balls going around. Each time a ball reaches the top of its arc, clear the catching hand by throwing the next ball across.
Step 6: Practice Practice the three-ball cascade every day until the motions feel relaxed and fluid. Then, you can try a new pattern or begin practicing with other objects.
Step 7: Entertain family and friends Show off your new skills by entertaining your family and friends.
FACT: Drawings of people juggling have been found among ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.