Juggling—the noble art of jesters and fools. Here’s how you can work your way up from juggling one ball to three.
Step 1: Assume the postion Stand in a comfortable stance with your feet shoulder-width apart and your elbows bent at about a 90-degree angle.
Step 2: Start with one ball Start by practicing throwing one ball back and forth between your hands in a nice, gentle arc. You want to keep your elbows in and your throws consistent, with the ball arcing at about eye level.
TIP: Using beanbags when you first begin can be helpful, since they won’t roll away when you drop them!
Step 3: Practice with your eyes closed You’ll probably find that your throws go awry a little at the beginning, so keep practicing until you can throw the ball back and forth with your eyes closed.
Step 4: Add another ball Add another ball. With one in each hand, throw a ball as before and—before it comes down—throw the other ball underneath so it lands in your other hand. Practice catching both balls.
TIP: As you practice, alternate starting with either hand.
Step 5: Add a third ball Put two balls in your dominant hand and one in the opposite hand. Toss the balls just as before, but add a third throw right before the second ball comes down. Keep practicing until you can make three throws and three catches.
Step 6: Keep throwing and catching Once you’re confident catching all three balls, add a fourth throw and catch, and a fifth one, and so on… Don’t look now, but you’re juggling!
FACT: Did you know? 'Joggling,' jogging while juggling, is becoming a popular sport, and in 2007 a joggler finished a Toronto marathon in two hours and 50 minutes—while juggling three balls.