Archive for June, 2008

Patrick Lemoine – Hat, Balls and Cigar Boxes.

Sunday, June 29th, 2008
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Ok, so he doesn’t do the robot (nor does he dress the part) but Patrick Lemoine fulfills my requirements for an acceptably awesome popping & funkstyles/juggling performance. His act is composed of hat, 3 ball and cigar box tricks; its a repackaging of a standard vegas-styled act (i.e. the cheezy plastered-on grin and the mindless audience cues) but his dancing is pretty tight and if I try really really hard, I could imagine that Patrick actually has some legit street cred.

Thanks to martyq at rec.juggling for the link

Ministry Sightings: Ed in Spain

Saturday, June 28th, 2008
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Urban Cultural event in Spain, long video [8 Min] featuring some great dancing and occasional appearances by some weird British kid with a ball. :)

Iron ball falling into sand

Thursday, June 26th, 2008
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Slow motion.

Mika Quartz – Bulles de Cristal

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

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Mika Quartz seamlessly blends contact juggling with magic. Can’t find words to describe how good this is, Just watch it, and wish that Youtube was high resolution and 3D like real life!

It’s the dream for contact jugglers, to reach the point where the audience no longer know, if you let go of the ball, will it fall to the ground or float to the sky. And it’s rare joy for this jaded old hand of the Ministry to experience that sensation again.
Thank you Franck, One of the best clips we’ve seen this year.

Mika/Franck also in Frankfort previously on MoM.

Florent Lestage – Clubs and Cane

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

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Florent Lestage performs his solo with club and a cane from the year end showcase at the Montreal Circus School.

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Swarm Orbs

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

SWARM is built to explore the aesthetic possibilities and the emergent behavior of artificial systems. As a first step, Orbs are remote-controlled by human operators, but each Orb’s sounds and color illumination is algorithmically generated in response to location and motion. Each Orb has sophisticated navigational sensors including GPS, accelerometers, and solid-state gyroscopes. We are progressing towards sophisticated navigational algorithms, exactly like those used in spacecraft, that allow each Orb to determine its location and trajectory with high accuracy. From this, we can explore emergent and cooperative behavior like flocking as well as new possibilities in machine choreography. SWARM is not a simulation. SWARM is a platform for the art of the 21st century.

Are you thinking what we’re thinking?

Thierry Fremaux

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
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Here’s a video of Thierry’s act from Cirque au Bout du Monde last year.

Video plays in reverse. I love the weird sounds, the starting with five balls, finishing with one, and how for a lot of it, you wouldn’t even realise he’s heading backwards…

Ministry Workshop – Canada 2008

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Ministry Canada
For the full series and a description of the workshop, click HERE
To Register, email:

In our efforts to spread creative contact juggling techniques, The Ministry is sending Ryan and Daydream across Canada to teach an all-levels official contact juggling workshop in 5 parts: History, Butterflies and Curves, Multiball, Isolations and Lines, and a Show and Tell at the end. The workshops were held in the following Canadian cities. Click for the completed series links.

Vancouver, British Columbia (July 13th)
Victoria, British Columbia (July 15th)
Nelson, British Columbia (July 19th)
Calgary, Alberta (July 22nd)
Edmonton, Alberta (July 26th)
Regina, Saskatchewan (July 29th)
Winnipeg, Manitoba (July 30)
Montreal, Quebec (August 18th)
Toronto, Ontario (August 14th)

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All workshops will run for 2-3 hours during the date specified; cost is $20-35 depending on venue/etc. Specific location/pricing info will be made available to everyone who contacts us. The email is:

Previous Ministry Workshops:
Berlin 2008, CLIPS
Vienna 2007
London 2006

Bruno Gagnon: 3 ball juggling

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

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Bruno Gagnon of Cirque Du Soleil’s “Corteo” performs pieces of his routine at home. Nicely styled, expressive 3 ball juggling.

Yofi Yafo – Contact & Juggling

Sunday, June 15th, 2008
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Tavo from Argentina, mixes contact and juggling in the city of Jaffa – excellent skills, I’m inspired to try out some of those moves.
Filmed and edited by Ori Roth. via

Urban Prankster

Friday, June 13th, 2008

From the Improv everywhere crew comes a new blog Urban Prankster, pranks, hacks, participatory art, flash mobs, and other creative endeavors that take place in public places in cities across the world.

Mr. Om @ Australia’s Got Talent (Part 2)

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
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Back again, this time with his giant ball.
Proof once again that people love contact juggling!
Go, Mr. Om!!!!