Archive for July, 2008

1 day to EJC2008

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

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

Thursday, July 31st, 2008
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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

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
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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!

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
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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

Monday, July 28th, 2008
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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

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

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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

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

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)

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

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.

Ministry Canada: Nelson BC

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Ministry Canada
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4th in the series. Dawn and I stopped for a day in Nelson, BC and shot footage of manipulation with balls, hoops and clubs.

Quality of Acrylic Balls

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

How to select the best quality of Acrylic Balls and care for acrylic balls.

A new addition to the Ministry’s articles library a 2 page PDF extract from appendix 1 of Multiball Contact online for the first time, which explains how you can select the best quality acrylic balls and care for acrylic.

Not all acrylic balls are created equal.

Interview – Metra

Sunday, July 20th, 2008


Japanese contact juggler Metra blew us away with the release of his recent multiball video Free Drive and is leading the way for the new generation of isolation-heavy ‘popping and gliding’ contact juggling.

MINISTRY: Where do you live?
METRA: I live in Tokyo, Japan.

MINISTRY: Is there a community of contact jugglers where you are?
METRA: Yes, There is. Yoyogi park is a mecca for Japanese contact jugglers. Contact juggling conventions and meetings (gallery link) are held periodically there.

MINISTRY: How would you describe contact juggling?
METRA: Contact juggling is a lens of the contact juggler (in a figurative sense). I mean, we must project ourselves onto a spectator. The leading part is contact juggler, balls and moves are nothing but an instrumental.

MINISTRY: Why do you contact juggle?
METRA: Contact juggling is a spontaneous action for me. It is as natural as breathing or walking.

MINISTRY: What is the best piece of contact juggling that you’ve ever seen?
METRA: Tony Duncan. I started contact juggling under the influence of him.

MINISTRY: What is the future of contact juggling?
METRA: It is not fixed. Therefore, almost everything we can imagine will be possible.

MINISTRY: What do you think about when you are contact juggling?
METRA: I do not think anything, but I feel. Mostly I feel the weight of balls, and the sense of acrylics.

MINISTRY: Anything else you’d like to say to our MoM audience?
METRA: The world of contact juggling is full of glory. Go for it!

Marco Paoletti in Galway

Thursday, July 17th, 2008
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Marco has incredible skills, and is such a fun and bouncy person to juggle with. This video shows quite a lot of Marco’s diversity. Looking at the youtube title of this video, he has a new DVD coming out soon as well…

This promo video is well produced, filmed and edited, as well as the amazing manipulations. Although 8 minutes long, a joy to watch, apart the moments of pure disbelief accompanied with ‘OMG he didn’t just do what I think he did!?’

Thanks Splinter for pointing me to this one :)