Archive for January, 2008

Ministry Workshop – Berlin 2008 Update

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Ministry Berlin

Ok, people, it’s that time you’ve all been waiting for. 😀 The following information is getting me all excited, and I’m gonna be teaching some of the workshops. As many of you are aware, Drew and Ryan are unable to make it to Berlin. But all is not lost. far from it….

I’d like to welcome Kelvin Kalvus, and Emanuele ‘Moon’ Marchione to our line up of expert teachers.

Moon will be conducting larger numbers multiball lessons, in Drew’s place. Moon comes very highly recommended from Drew, and I for one am really looking forward to working with him. Smaller numbers (3/4/5 ball) will be conducted by me (Ed). Between us, we will be sending away students at the end of the workshop with enough knowledge and inspiration to keep any multiball manipulator busy for years.

Kelvin will be teaching two ball bodyrolling, along with many other techniques that make Kelvin the Contact Juggling Legend that he is today. Really, honestly, “The Kelvin-ator” – I don’t need to say more.

As well as these two new teachers, we have the bodyrolling expertise of Jeanine Ebnother, who will show you that your only limit is your imagination, and get you rolling balls in places and ways that you never dreamed you’d actually be doing..

The 3rd area of the workshop, I intend to blow your minds with illusion goodness, based on extensive research into ball and body isolations assisted by special guest and good friend of the Ministry; Colin Daniel.

So, who’s excited now? I know I am.

“Sylvia” – Anne Weshinskey

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
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A short film entitled “Sylvia” starring Antipodist Anne Weshinskey.

Film by Stasha Tomic. This film is rather nicely made :)

Tagged in Motion

Monday, January 28th, 2008

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3D graffiti – virtual tagging.
Digital manipulation.
Who wants this on their props?

Seven Fingers – Acrobalance

Saturday, January 26th, 2008
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Jake West writes:


Man, the seven fingers are doing amazing stuff.

Dude, check this out

Dolphin bubble rings

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Its been a slow week here at the Ministry; everyone here is very busy and we havent had time to post much.
Enjoy this video of dolphins blowing bubble rings.
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Normal circus video content will resume shortly.

Bubble Rings

Bodyrolling workshop at BoB UK this Saturday

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Sat 19th Jan it’s Bristols Other Bristol Juggling convention.
I’m planning to drag myself away from my desk for long enough to teach a 1 ball contact/bodyrolling for beginners workshop in the afternoon.
Convention is cheap entry and workshops are free.
Wanna come?

Work it out

Friday, January 11th, 2008

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A new music video by Ghost Robot featuring Bill “Crutch” Shannon
Those glides are amazing; i love this clip.
Thanks to Daydream for the link.

Previously blogged:

Bishop Street Style

Friday, January 11th, 2008
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Dancer Bishop shows us some of his ‘windstyle’ of waving on the streets.

Some really interesting waves, and a great use of illusion.

ED (Bringing you your morning OMG!!!) 😉

College in California confuses Drew for Moschen

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Drew Moschen
Oh my goodness this had me laughing so hard yesterday.
Here is the original thread on where Radiologic discovered the mistake (likely a web designer working too fast.. the image has been corrected now). Thanks to Carver for capturing the image before they changed it.

Review: 3b Different Ways

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

3b Different Ways

Starring: Maksim Komaro, Ville Walo and special guest appearance by Jay Gilligan. (OMG, Legends!)

Ok, let’s have a look at the box. Hmmm… recorded in 2000… my mind immediately thinks Old School. maybe this won’t be so interesting…

Now that I finally worked out how to use that ancient piece of machinery, the “VCR” I can sit and watch this. (To be fair, it is an OLD copy that i borrowed from Drew)

ok, Let’s go.

This video is Brilliant, with a capital ‘B’. I’d probably use smily faces to dot the ‘I’s as well.

very much a toss juggling video. with a few contact tricks thrown in for good measure, but thrown in CLEVERLY. not just filling space, but they fit in there, you know? The video is made up of lots of sketches. this works. I don’t get bored watching the same background again and again, the same situation, there’s variation in more than just the way the balls are moving or being thrown. IT STILL HAS MY ATTENTION AFTER TEN MINUTES!! which I must say, every other DVD I have watched has failed to keep my full, constant attention.

the backgrounds are fun and vibrant, with a very cartoony feel to them. There’s a nice mixture of outside filming, home video and studio shots, but, get this, a studio with a decent set! the Sketches give us the feeling we’re following Maksim and Ville during a normal day. Hurrah. a story, and it’s educational! Win! the sketches change between tutorial format, and busting out some crazy sh*t in a web video style, to more lighthearted juggling comedy sketch: Things like bounce juggling in a toilet cubicle, and accidentally dropping one down the pan…

the teaching style… Most of the teaching is in an ‘inspiration’ format. there is a lot of Maksim and Ville hanging out in various places and showing off some amazing stuff. during the tutorial structured sections, we first see the trick with one ball for a little while, then the second ball added in… then the third. uses different coloured balls so you can see what each ball is doing easily. complete with slow-mo shots, very useful. feels crammed into a small place, but useful. I guess this is gonna stop us from trying to copy exactly the examples given, instead of playing around and discovering for ourselves. either that, or they plan to wear out the forward and backward mechanism on my already frail VCR. 😉 Titles are always popping up, ready to tell us the name of a move.

one thing that does distract from the tutorial, is whenever Maksim is teaching something, Ville is always somewhere, doing some crazy or silly stuff that grabs you by the eyes and won’t let go. There is a lot of stuff in this video that is a case of watch again and again and try to copy, without any explanations or details being given. examples here are things like head rolls, rolling around the floor with headrolls (Ville, Insane!!) some complicated body throws. But hey, this video is gonna last, and be watched again and again. The short routines done by the artists gradually progress in difficulty, climaxing with some really tight and mind blowing juggling from these members of the juggling hall of fame. Maksim’s last routine is exceptionally good.

The Material. Oh. My. God. this will keep any juggler busy for YEARS. And I really do mean YEARS. from the basic three ball cascade all the way up to insane stuff i can’t even begin to comprehend. we have toss tricks, siteswaps, headrolls, bounce juggling, body throws, arm rolls, catches, starts… All it’s missing are things like body and footcatches. The section of combining 3ball toss and arm rolling is particularly interesting for contact jugglers. The appearances of Jay Gilligan are done very well and fit the style beautifully, and add an extra bit of fun to the video. the high level of skill from these jugglers means that the tricks are done in a style that shows control, and comfort doing these difficult manipulations. No fumbled tricks here!

It’s easy to see some thought and care went into the production of this video. Well made, well put together, well presented. There’s a written breakdown (a contents list) of the tricks available from HERE to make life just that little bit easier. yay!

video gets a 8.5/10 from me. Would be a ten out of ten, but I feel it could give a few more handy hints along the way. Way higher rating than I thought it would get, when I first looked at the box. An oldy, but a goody too. Goes to show, don’t judge a juggling video by it’s cover!

This is now available in DVD format, from and all good juggling stores. I say, a good investment.

A day in the life

Thursday, January 10th, 2008
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If the video description is true, youtube user ’99timshi’ has ‘packed in knees’ and so to ease the pain of walking, he walks around everywhere on his hands instead.

However, I don’t believe this to be 100% accurate, but even so, Still an excellent video! some amazing balance and stamina there, and a lovely heartwarming tale!

Thanks to MCP for the link

Impressive balancing act

Monday, January 7th, 2008
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Swedish equilibristic artist Richardo performs an impressive feats of balance using lots of glasses.

Video is a little long at over 6 minutes, but I reckon we can forgive him that after seeing the impressive stack and final manipulation…