1 day to EJC2008

We’re packing our bags, making our last preparations for the European Juggling Convention 2008.

The prediction is 4000-5000 Jugglers and manipulators – potentially the biggest EJC ever, and it’s organised by Germans, who thankfully have the national stereotype for being excellent at organising things.

Drew, Jeanine, Moon, Colin and everyone* on the planet will be there. Except Ryan and Dawn – who are still moving with the Cross Canada Contact Juggling Project and poor Ed who will be manning Ministry HQ, ready to leap into action and save the world if anyone anywhere has an isolation emergency.

In the meantime, enjoy the ongoing guest blogging by MCP to keep you entertained. (She will be at EJC too, but will post by the marvel of the “scheduled post function” of wordpress).

There are rumors that teh Internetz will be present at EJC, so will try to get you some news updates next week and big photo albums online soon after.

*Everyone who juggles, manipulates, contact juggles or wiggles.

Freestyle Football Busking in Ireland

class=”right” title=”avatar-meg1″ src=”http://www.ministryofmanipulation.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/avatar-meg1.png” alt=”” width=”150″ height=”150″ />I don’t know who this guy is (anyone got info?), but I love his hip hop style of freestyle football. I love it a lot. Great dance aspects and groundwork.

Egor Volnorez – Tutting

class=”right” title=”avatar-meg1″ src=”http://www.ministryofmanipulation.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/avatar-meg1.png” alt=”” width=”150″ height=”150″ />A Russian called Egor Volnorez, possibly a teenager, doing some crazy funny and super tight tutting. Apparently in 2004 in Moscow. I love his style.

Happy Oree Friends!

Ori Roth and his friend Ron Beeri juggle. They juggle very well. Ori juggles balls and Ron steals the show with his continuing exploration of club juggling. Enjoy.

Also the first in the Happy Oree Friends series: Bike’s Balance

Diavolo Dance Theatre

Diavolo: A Californian dance troupe in the style of Momix, but with bigger and to me – better props and a better sensibility. They use huge objects like ramps, bowls and huge circus style constructions to aid their dance. I want to see this so badly, but I missed them in LA. So I just have to make do with amazing youtube clips.

A further video from 2007, longer and featuring different props. It’s documentary style, the good stuff starts at about 3 minutes in.

Sean McKinney – Caught Clean

Sean McKinney’s section from the old VHS skateboarding and juggling video ‘Caught Clean’. Sean jumps, flips and rolls while juggling clubs in his characteristic high energy extreme sports style. Awesome.

Club Swinging By Valery

Swing dans la garrigue

A beautiful club swinging video by Valery from France. It’s filmed in some ruins the south of France. Valery does club manipulation, club swinging, a little bit of juggling and dual club fishtails(6:40). You should try and spot the magically reappearing dreadlocks.

Alternative: Download Version.

New MoM Contributor: MCP (Meghan)

MCP > You guys suck. There’s loads of great videos you haven’t posted.
MoM > Think you can do better?
MCP > Yeah!
MoM > Yeah?
MCP > Yeah!!
MoM > Ok then…But no rude words.

Introducing, MoM’s first guest blogger, someone who spends even more of their life than us – on teh internetz watchin’ teh videos of teh manipulationz!!1! MCP, I wonder how many days before she finds a way to plug her new staff DVD?
Over to Meg for the next week.**

disclaimer: There may be fireworks, in the case of MCP insulting any or everyone, the Ministry denies all responsibility.