Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category

7 Days of Multiball – An online tutorial series

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
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Ryan Mellors has released a massive tutorial series for multiball contact with 5+ hours of workshop and instruction. And it’s still growing with more updates coming soon. This is the biggest tutorial series ever!

– 7 Days of lessons, with each day broken down into morning/afternoon/evening.

– Streaming online, no need for a huge download

– Special guests like Moon, Tessy, Chris Murdoch, Pilolip, Yorgos join me to share their own unique approach to multiball

– Updates coming soon! The tutorial continues to grow, with a big update being planned for late October/November 2014.

Join the workshop now for only $25, spend a week with Ryan and level up your palmspinning skills!

Registration information can be found here:!multiballworkshop/cy1n

Ryans “7 Days of Multiball” Indiegogo campaign

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
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I have an Indiegogo page for a new project this winter:  An in-depth multiball tutorial video series. Click “read more” for info and video… (more…)

Hoop Isolation Lab: Time Experiments

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Silvia Pavone is an amazing hoop dancer. She wrote us to show results of Hoop Isolation Lab:
“This hoop isolation film is the result of a short period of research and development that was supported by the Circus Space and the funding from Lab:Time – experiments in circus. Francesca Martello and I wanted to explore the possibilities of circus, and specifically hoop manipulation, on film. We originally started our R&D together with Lynn Scott and Helen Orford, with the idea that the piece would be made for film and on location. However, when Jackson’s Lane theatre gave Lab:Time winners the opportunity to perform their work in progress in a mixed bill of freshly created performances, we reoriented our focus towards creating a stage performance. I hope that we will be able to keep developing this work further, both for film and the stage. Special thanks to Jon Aaron Green, director and producer and Ben Green, editor of the film!”

We like it. :)

MRL #3

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

get it before it’s gone!!!!
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The third and final MRL took place in Stockholm, Sweden, on March 22-25, 2010, with Jay Gilligan, Wes Peden, Luke Wilson, Erik Åberg, Matias Salmenaho, Ron Beeri and Patrik Elmnert.

Over four days we explored tricks, and the objects we do them with. What habits of creation did we have? What props were good for what things? How does choice of material change the technique?

The video goes offline November 30th! you snooze you loose!

you can check out the info and buy the full download on

About manipulation

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

About Manipulation” is a project wanted, created and directed by Moon and Ministry of Manipulation. We’ve tought there a lot of videos with people playing, and so few videos with people talking about their experiences and ideas in contact juggling. So we’ve tried to show you what’s behind a contact juggler, and what he lives with this amazing art.

Ejc was the perfect moment to do this full length (19 mins.) movie; we are sorry because there were so much great contact jugglers we’ve missed at Ejc (Okotanpe, Richard Hartnell, Kyle Johnson..just some big names)..but as you probably know weather was terrible and time wasn’t so much. We’ve chosen some interesting, new and old, personalities in contact juggling world, and ask them what’s contact juggling, how’s changing and where is going. So, this is a gift for the contact juggling community and for the new wave of contact jugglers. Hope you’ll like it…Please feel free to share it wherever you want. Big thanks to Stefano Ricci and Federico Tasso for the patience and help.

And obviously..thank YOU for watching!

Felipe Mansilla – “Subterranio”

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
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Wavey dubstep contact flow from Felipe Mansilla.  He is currently celebrating a great day on facebook because many people are responding to his recent video post. He writes in the chat:

i remember
one day i saw mom
and i say
one day i will be there
i remember that in this moment
aragorn talk to me today
and say that he saw moving with emotion
and that i break the technique and touch something that many jugglers are looking for
and became a state of mind


Check out his youtube profile here

Masaki Hirano @ Audi Quattro event

Thursday, October 14th, 2010
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Superstyled contact isolations and great concepts from Masaki. Some epic ‘Oooohs’ and ‘Aaaaaaahhhhs” from the crowd too.  JAPAN!!!!!

Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
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TED’s Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation — a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of print. But to tap into its power, organizations will need to embrace radical openness.

Does a nice job of explaining the phenomenon that we’ve all been watching, the explosion of online video = the explosion of awesome new juggling styles and techniques.

5 years, 1000 posts, 1 000 000 views

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

LED type 02 / light painting
Five and a half years after starting MoM, we have; 1 book, 2 weddings, several MoM workshops, and over 1 000 000 unique visitors (according to our stats counter).
And this is MoM’s 1000th blog post.
Thanks for reading, and here’s to the next 5 years.
The above image is from theFlickr acrylic balls pool. by Maido of Japan.

Documentary: GOPLAY!!! (now with english subtitles)

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Quote from CaffeineKid on Vimeo

My final film project for university…
…experimental combination of documentary and clip-style-action-parts, exploring juggling and beyond! Soundtrack by

Interview and Video – German

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
'German' contact juggling photo by Jorge Gera

'German' contact juggling photo by Jorge Gera

I remember when a short clip of german street performing at La Rambla was first posted on Everyone on the forums watched in awe of his super-tight isolations, moving the isolated ball floating along a path before connecting it to his butterflies and bodyrolls. The result was long,  flowing lines of movement and a sustained illusion and tempo that was unmatched by other contemporary contact jugglers.

Interview and new Xotico video after the jump


Kyle Johnson – Interview and Video

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
Kyle Johnson - Interview and Video at

Kyle - Interview and Video at

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New video from the inhumanly talented Kyle Johnson, entitled “Smile, I know you want to…

Interview with Kyle:

> Where do you live?

I live in Rocklin, California

> Is there a community of contact jugglers where you are?

Not really, maybe one or two others in my area but they dont focus on it. But I do sometimes go down to The Vulcan in Oakland which has a plethora of new juggling tricks that are contact based with all kinds of props, done by the very talented jugglers that live there.

> How would you describe contact juggling?

oh man… I like in In Isolation when nobody knows how to answer this question, because I don’t either. : )
It is constantly being added onto and evolving so it makes it hard to describe. Like a non juggler trying to count how many balls while they are being juggled.

> Why do you contact juggle?

Well the reason has changed many times, but basically its to learn, and I’ve learned a lot! Not just about juggling but in life, that so much more is possible than you think, if you can focus.

> What is the best piece of contact juggling that you’ve ever seen?

Well, the body rolls done by Enrico Rastelli, Francis Brunn, and Jeanine Ebnöther for a start, palmspinning of Drew Batchelor and Moon, and for isolation type contact its got to be Ryan, Ed and Colin have the best stuff I’ve seen, pretty much all of MOM : ). Best “piece” would have to be Jeanine’s BJC routine that was posted not too long ago or Kelvin Kalvus’ Das Supertalent performance… and Manne Hanke. The best piece changes all the time, sometimes back to older videos… I watch a lot of them.

> What do you think about when you are contact juggling?

Doing the trick correctly, then if I stray I drop… and I’m easily distracted.

> What is the future of contact juggling?

I hope jugglers will start doing more full body rolls and/or using their legs more. I know that there are way more flexible people then me out there, with a lot more possible tricks.

> Anything else you’d like to say to our MoM audience?

Thank you for watching, and now go juggle!

Kyle previously on MoM:
Barefoot Contact Juggling