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  • Five person feasts and stars

    Dec 27, 2013 No Comments

    Here’s a selection of patterns for five people standing in a circle, as shown in the above diagram. There is one walking pattern at the end. I’ll start with two well known patterns and the remaining patterns are variations or combinations of those patterns. I’ve described a lot of...

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  • Six person patterns

    Jul 15, 2013 No Comments

    The great thing about conventions like the IJA festival, is that there will be lots of other potential passing partners there. You should take advantage of this and try some big patterns that you can’t always do at your local club. This article describes some six person patterns. Pistons for s...

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  • The weave and variations

    May 28, 2013 No Comments

    The weave is a mainstay of the Flying Karamazov Brothers’ stage show, and I believe it was created by them. One juggler passes to three others on two count, while the other three walk around each other in a figure eight pattern passing on six count. It’s a fun pattern to juggle and it&#...

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  • Five person weaves

    Mar 19, 2013 No Comments

    At this year’s IJA festival in Bowling Green Ohio, you might be trying some four person passing patterns, when a fifth person asks to join in. I used to think that five people was an awkward number for passing patterns, but it turns out that there are quite a few very nice patterns! Mr inside...

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  • Six handed siteswaps

    Feb 16, 2013 No Comments

    The recipe •Take any siteswap. I’m going to choose the nine object pattern b9aab939abb6a69. •Subtract 6 from every number to give a derived siteswap. In my example the derived siteswap is 534453-334550403. (Despite the negative numbers, this is still theoretically a siteswap)! •Number th...

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  • Karamazov shuffle and variations

    Dec 15, 2012 1 Comment

    mixed feed The Karamazov shuffle is a four person moving pattern created by the Flying Karamazov Brothers. It’s based on a four person mixed feed. Four jugglers stand in a square formation. Alexei and Pavel are facing Dmitri and Zossima. Each juggler passes on two count and four count with the...

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  • Brolly notation/tricks in one count

    Nov 01, 2012 No Comments

    Justification Imagine Adam juggling a four club fountain. Brenda is standing on his shoulders holding one club in each hand. She drops a white club from her right hand into Adam’s pattern and steals a blue club, then she drops a black club from her left hand into Adam’s pattern and steal...

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  • Four person patterns old and new

    Aug 29, 2012 1 Comment

     Rotating yThe jugglers stand in a y formation. Everyone passes on four count. Adam always passes to Chris, Chris passes to Brenda, Brenda passes to Diane, and Diane passes to Adam. In the diagram the red arrows show the passes, the green arrows show how the jugglers walk after each pass. At the st...

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  • Hijacking in period 5 patterns

    Jul 04, 2012 No Comments

    This article describes how to switch between period 5 patterns and then extends this idea to period 5 feeds. Hijacking in why not? Adam and Brenda are passing why not? Brenda decides she wants to do five count popcorn, so she hijacks the pattern, and Adam is left passing five club why not?Brenda&#...

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  • Period 5 feeds

    Jun 03, 2012 No Comments

    At the IJA festival Adam, Brenda, and Chris were inspired by the period 5 patterns workshop and wanted to pass together. Adam could do most of the patterns at the workshop, although he struggled with the seven club patterns. Brenda is an experienced passer and could do all the patterns at the worksh...

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  • Period 5 patterns / four handed siteswaps

    May 09, 2012 No Comments

    The recipe •Take any siteswap. I’m going to choose the five object pattern 78622. •Subtract 4 from every number to give a derived siteswap. My derived siteswap is 342-2-2. (Despite the negative numbers, this is still theoretically a siteswap)! •Number the beats in a causal diagram as fol...

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  • Tricks in three count / causal diagrams

    Apr 30, 2012 No Comments

    Causal diagrams were created by Martin Frost and they are the best tool for recording passing patterns and creating new ones. I will explain them by describing some tricks in three count, that way if nothing else, you can learn some nice tricks! But hopefully it will encourage you to try learning pa...

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  • Three person runarounds

    Mar 15, 2012 2 Comments

    Traffic lights At the IJA festival you make two new friends. The three of you have never passed together before, so you’ll probably start by passing a two count feed with tricks. There’s a good chance that one of the tricks will be running across the pattern. Chris starts feeding Brenda ...

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  • Passing Post: Feeding on Chocolate Bars

    Mar 04, 2012 6 Comments

    The Chocolate Box You’re at the IJA festival with four other passers and you want to do an ambidextrous passing pattern. You should try the chocolate box. This is a Madison pattern where two people feed on chocolate bars and three feedees pass on three count. Here chocolate bar is a passing rh...

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