Archive for December, 2006

People Art

Friday, December 29th, 2006


Strongman Contact & Juggling

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

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Vladimir Vanin on 30 Seconds to Fame.
Thanks to Pich for the link.
If you’re wondering why its been a bit quiet round here, some of us are on holiday :) Dubai, Malaysia & Thailand.

Xmas Tree Vids

Monday, December 25th, 2006

Dot Org Xmas Tree
Contact juggling videos aplenty! Run, run and download these now!
The DotOrg Xmas Tree

Shorty and Spare Xmas Video

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Christmas circus video blogI think.. in all the years, this is probably my favorite of all the DotOrg Xmas Tree user submissions.

Both former students of Drew and myself (they were the first people ever to come to the Hangar workshop!) this video has sentimental value to me; its London, its the kind of storytelling/interactive isolationism I like, and it has that classic London street crowd reaction at the end :)

Ryan and Remy Xmas Video

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

Christmas circus video blogIn 2004, Ryan Mellors [Ministry] and Remy Holwick [Contact Juggling Part 2 DVD] released a video on CJ DotOrg

The Dot Org Xmas tree‘s first ever video submission was ”Half and Half.”

A video (appropriately) in two parts, Half and Half opens with a lonely christmas scene in a diner and features some… miscellaneous manipulations. The 2nd part of Half and Half (starting at 3:30) is a funky contact juggling video full of shiny christmas goodness.

Its Christmas week on MoM! Check back all through the week for plenty more Xmas contact juggling media, and get ready for all the surprises on December 25th!

Multiball Contact Finished!

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Multiball Contact – Your first 10 years.
Yippee. Mulitball Contact the book, is completed and has been sent to the printer.
Fingers Crossed, the first copies hit the shelves on the 16th of January 2007. SRP £15.99.
Want to see what the covers will look like, theres high res versions over with the sample pages.
Stay tuned for Euro and Dollar Prices and details of how to pre-order so you can be one of the first to get your hands on this book, the definitive guide to Multiball Contact with 3 to 11 balls; Palmspinning, Pyramids, Snakes, Formations, Morphing and a whole load of Technique.
Tired, but happy.

Drews HOP video blog

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

logo_swirl.gifBefore MoM I had another video blog! well thats a bit of a grand term, its really just a thread on home of poi.
It now has links to over 400 (mostly juggling and manipulation) videos.
The original aim of that listing was to post the highest quality manipulation with an emphasis on staff and poi – well it is HOP.
But soon, it became, any high quality online manipulation videos.
Then it became any high quality online videos that I liked.
Now its decayed into a free for all, so now it seems everyone posts anything that slightly amused them.
and then they have mock arguments about it… Ahh bless, love them all to pieces.
If you want to kill some time, a lot of time and see some great videos, head over to HOP.
(Tip: for a long time I used 3 angel smilies so that it was easy to find my posts with video links while scrolling the thread.)

Ministry Workshop- London 2006

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

The last official London workshop video release. Ryan has moved back to Vancouver, and The Hangar has become Hangar Arts Trust.

Ryan writes:

I cut this video together out of footage from the last workshop. Its worth watching… the beginning of the video is about the Hangar and the aerial classes that they offer, and the main section of the video is a montage of moments from the evening of awesome juggling and manipulation. The end of the video is when the real obsessive juggling with jea9, ed and colin kicks in.. and I head to bed at 2am.

The Dot Org Xmas Tree

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

Dot Org Xmas Tree
Thanks to Keri for this year’s Tree image

The Tradition of the Xmas Tree Videos:

– Every year members create new video greeting cards for each other, and place them under the sacred DotOrg Xmas tree to be opened on Xmas morning.

– If you want to release a video on christmas morning (whatever time that is for you!), Post your link to the forum in THE ContactJuggling.Org THREAD.

Be sure to check the Ministry Blog in the days after Christmas for the best of the Xmas Tree submissions… a whole new batch of contact juggling videos to accompany your new christmas props :)

FRIDAY FUN – Torn Mime

Friday, December 8th, 2006

I know we are all still reeling from the brilliance that was ‘Rat Tango“… but I thought a new blog post would be in order.
I’m on a mime kick.. so here we go.

Alternately… here is the same guy performing live with Natalie Imbruglia.
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Rat Tango

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Watch it on Youtube

A hand balancer, that does a nice Contact Rat Routine…
I often teach moves by telling people to imagine the ball as a hamster or rat running across your body/hands/arms etc…
Now if only I could do all that with a ball instead of a rat…

EDED aka “LTC”

Kenny Muhammad – Beatboxer

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006


Another departure from new circus on the MoM blog, beatboxing is one of those ‘fringe’ elements of vocal performance that is establishing a place in the performing arts scene. Kenny Muhammad was the man responsible for introducing me to this discipline through his ’30 Seconds to Fame’ appearance and these two old audio clips of him have been viral on the beatboxing forums for years.

Drum n’ Bass beatboxing clip: kenny-dnb.mp3

From Wikipedia:
The Four Elements

The last track on Rahzel’s CD ‘Make The Music 2000’ is a track with his famous ‘If Your Mother Only Knew’ routine. But it contains a hidden bonus track, which is a ‘Man vs. Machine’ battle with beatboxers Rahzel and Kenny Muhammad vs. turntablists DJ Skribble and DJ Slinky. The song is by most beatboxers referred to as The Four Elements, because it contains
an impression of the four elements in beatbox style at the end.

* The second element is Wind (performed by Kenny Muhammad), a complex and fast beat with words in it said in a very low voice. It has a stormy character. Wind is probably the current most favourite beatbox routine. It is a cover of the song
‘Nummern’ (Numbers) by the German group Kraftwerk.

MP3 Link – kenny-wind.mp3 (previously has a brilliant history and beginner tutorial for wind technique here; so now you can spend the next week walking down the city streets whispering demonically to yourself. :)