Many jugglers opt to juggle dangerous objects to impress their audience. Examples are hatchets, fire and chain saws. Many juggling purists take offense to this sensationalistic approach to their art form.
Are dancers, musicians, painters and mimes asked to risk their physical well-being in order to entertain their audience? For many in the juggling community, the beauty and skill of manipulating standard objects should be more than sufficient to entertain. For those who want to step down the slippery path of juggling sharp objects keep the following in mind:
- Difficulty. Juggling hatchets is no more difficult than juggling clubs. As most club jugglers know, the risk with catching a club on the wrong end is very small. In the event a club or hatchet is thrown incorrectly, jugglers should be able to detect the mistake immediately and just let the prop fall on the floor. Since the risk of cutting oneself is very small, most hatchets or knives are, in fact, truly sharp. When Roy Pomerantz is done with his hatchet routine, he likes to throw an apple up and slice it mid-air with the hatchet.
- Props. You can go online and research jugging prop makers who sell hatchets. Roy Pomerantz’s hatchets are purchased from Brian Dube. Renegade also sells hatchets and knives.
- Practice. You must be a very, very proficient club juggler BEFORE trying hatchets. You do not want to learn with this prop. You need to be very skilled before you try it.
Roy Pomerantz has always pushed the limits when it comes to juggling. His dedication to the art has led to appearances on popular shows such as Good Morning America & CBS Nightly News. His training regimen reflects the importance of variety in a juggling act. Below are some variables to consider when putting together a juggling act.
Variety of Objects
First and foremost, variety in a juggling act means to be able to juggle different items at once. Instead of juggling four or five balls, you might juggle a bowling pin, a pineapple, a road flare and a ball all at once! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves; start with the smaller, safer objects and then work your way up by experimenting with different weights, sizes and shapes to get a feel for those that work for you best. Once you’ve reached that point, then you can start implementing some more unconventional or exotic objects.
Variety of Routine
Footwork is also very important while juggling, and you should be able to move around in a number of ways to dazzle your audience. Some jugglers will go beyond walking and implement a dance routine, or even juggle while riding unicycles or putting some other obstacle under their feet to make the act that much more unique. The options here are just as limited as the amount of floor space you are given to perform, so it is important to be able to do your act within a more confined space if the circumstances work out that way.
Variety of Design
Now that you have the juggling items and the routine set up, you now need to put the finishing touches on your appearance. A creative costume always enhances your act. A costume doesn’t need to be limited to a suit or mask. You can get creative with your makeup, footwear and clothes to create a look that is uniquely yours. Roy Pomerantz has the type of juggling style that is linked to his own name, and it was established through hard work and creativity.
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