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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer and Dan Holzman: Working the Four Steps of Dan Holzman’s Framework Technique

    Jan 09, 2017 1 Comment

    NOTE: While most articles on eJuggle are free to the public, this exclusive content is for IJA members only. If you're a member, Log In on the top to read the full article. If you're not a member, read about the benefits of IJA membership in the "Join the IJA" menu at the top of ...

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  • Juggling Coaches

    Mar 14, 2016 No Comments

    As with many life skills, juggling can be learned by yourself if necessary, but it often helps to have a coach, mentor, teacher, or trainer.  These people can apply their knowledge, experience, and lessons learned to their student to increase or expedite success and improvement.  Coaches can help ...

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  • Juggling at Traffic Lights

    Jan 22, 2016 No Comments

    Traffic light juggling Some have never heard of it, for others it is their daily life. Traffic light jugglers jump out when the light turns red, perform a 30 second routine, collect cash from the cars and jump back on the sidewalk before the light turns green again! This style of busking is popular ...

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  • Juggling In Commercials

    Nov 19, 2015 1 Comment

    If you watch any TV at all that still includes commercials, you’re bound to see a lot of your fellow jugglers on the screen. If you watch very closely, you might notice that some of the jugglers are the same from commercial to commercial. I thought it might be fun to ask two of America’s leading...

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  • Juggling Cell Phones and Beer—The Sip-Talk Trick

    Dec 15, 2014 No Comments

    Juggling breathes off the spirit of innovation and creativity. The experience becomes more personal when you design your own tricks. Not to mention, it professionally brands you as the juggler with a specialized and unforgettable routine. What makes you the shining jewel among the thousands of other...

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  • Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer: Hat Juggling

    Jul 29, 2014 No Comments

    Variety performers have to wear many hats: writer, editor, director, performer, prop maker, agent, publicist, social media manager, even costumer. In any other form of theater, each of these jobs would be done by different people with different skills, different training, and different temperaments,...

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  • EJC 2014 Ireland – Land of Legends

    Jun 10, 2014 No Comments

    Ireland is know for many things – wonderful food, spectacular landscape, creamy pints of Guinness, and ancient legend. At this years European Juggling Convention you can experience the food and drink, the landscape, and most importantly – The Legend Stage. The EJC returns to Millstreet C...

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  • Niels Duinker on the “Drop Everything” podcast with host Dan Holzman

    Jun 07, 2014 1 Comment

    Podcast #2 with Dutch juggling champion Niels Duinker. He talks about what it takes to become a professional  juggler, working on cruise ships and some of the highlights of his juggling career. Also on itunes:

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Comedy Karaoke

    May 29, 2014 No Comments

    Using volunteers is one of the easiest ways to get laughs. Adding a volunteer to a bit instantly makes it seem more spontaneous, raises the stakes, allows solo performers to do dialogue instead of just monologue, and creates opportunity for conflict—all great ingredients for comedy! But beware: A...

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  • David Cain, Part One on the “Drop Everything” podcast with host Dan Holzman

    May 22, 2014 No Comments

    First half of the “Drop Everything” IJA podcast with juggler and juggling historian David Cain. David talks about his earliest days as a juggler, and working with his twin brother Scott at a local amusement park. Also on itunes: ...

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  • EJC 2014 Ireland tickets on sale now

    Apr 10, 2014 No Comments

    Pre-registration for EJC2014 is now officially open. The tickets are available in four phases, increasing in price until right before the convention itself. The first phase is the shortest one and the ticket prices are the best value so order your tickets today. During pre-registration you will als...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Mixing In Action

    Feb 22, 2014 No Comments

    Last month I wrote about the three most common types of mix jokes: Mixes that apply attributes of one thing onto another Mixes that combine two familiar things to create something new Mixes that use one thing to talk about another I also presented the classic two-list method for writing these type...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Mixing it up

    Jan 24, 2014 No Comments

    One of the most important tools in a comic’s kitchen is their mixer, and not just because we’re all bitter alcoholics. Mix jokes are a staple of the comedy diet, yet most variety performers try to survive on totally mix-free fare. In this month’s article, I’m going to help you expand your co...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: That’s Still Not Funny!

    Dec 24, 2013 No Comments

    Last month Katrine and I did trade show presentations for an audience of cancer doctors. (I wrote about how we dealt with that in my previous article: “That’s Not Funny.” This month, I pick up where we left off.) The main tactic Katrine and I employed in our comedy writing for this gig was: A...

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  • Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: That’s Not Funny!

    Nov 28, 2013 No Comments

    KATRINE: Client wants us to make jokes about cancer. SCOTT: How much does that pay? Katrine and I just finished doing three days of shows about cancer. This was not the easiest subject we’d ever been hired to write jokes about. Our client makes scanners and linear accelerators designed to find tu...

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  • Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer: Doctoring Jokes

    Oct 27, 2013 No Comments

    “Doctor, the audience doesn’t laugh when I do this.” “Don’t do that.” To be a successful comedy writer, either for your own act or for others, you need to do more than write jokes. You also need to be able to fix jokes. Along with being a joke writer, you have to be a joke doctor. Now s...

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  • Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer: I Look At All The Funny People

    Sep 18, 2013 No Comments

    I’m writing this article on the plane home from the IJA festival in Bowling Green, Ohio. What a fantastic week! If you’ve never been to an IJA festival, I highly recommend it. So much better than those magic conventions where they don’t have hover-chairs or a gauntlet. For me it was a week of ...

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  • The Show Must Go On: Anecdotes of Mid-Show Mishaps – Part 2

    Sep 12, 2013 1 Comment

    As I stated at the onset of Part 1 of this article, “The show must go on” is an old show business adage that originated in the circus. It still applies today for most professionals.  We prepare and train in order to present the very best performances we can, but things often don’t go accordin...

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