Patrick Lemoine – Hat, Balls and Cigar Boxes.

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

Mika Quartz – Bulles de Cristal
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.

Swarm Orbs

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.

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Ministry Workshop – Canada 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