Contact Juggling Balls
Contact juggling is the form of juggling that when you see it seems more like a dance than juggling. The contact juggling balls used rarely ever leave contact with the body instead they roll over the hands and arms, neck or other areas of the body.
The contact juggler is more illusionist than a juggler in that the audience sees a continuous spinning ball or balls throughout the routine. The biggest consideration of the contact juggler is the type of contact juggling balls to use.
There are many types to choose from but you should look for four main reasons to buy the ones you do.
1. They should all be one solid color. You do not want “tell marks” on your balls so you can create the illusion that the ball is continually spinning when you are moving.
2. Are you juggling with only one ball or more than one ball? The consideration here is the size of the diameter of the ball. You should pick a ball that is comfortable in your hand and if using more than one ball in your routine balls under three inches are ideal. For a one ball routine, a ball that is three to four inches is considered best. A three to the four-inch ball is better seen by your audience.
3. The contact balls you use should have some weight to them. If you have a multi-ball routine and you will have to put one or more balls down at any time during your routine you will need to do what is called “dead drops”. Dead drops mean that the ball doesn’t bounce or roll away when you drop it. It stays where you put it.
4. The balls you choose should have a smooth surface and not create friction between themselves. This would make it too difficult to do a routine effectively.
The types of balls that are the most popular are made of acrylic or silicone. Bright colors are available and even light up balls are used to make the show even more colorful and interesting. I wouldn’t recommend them for contact juggling but I did run across a new ball made especially for fire juggling that you do not even need to wear gloves with when you are juggling with them.
Steel balls are shiny and bright and can be used if they are not too heavy. Vinyl balls filled with steel shot can be another good choice for contact juggling and for those who like to do things old school, I am sure you could find a source to provide you with wooden balls. Wooden balls would have a tendency to mar upon their surface and maybe impact your routine, though.
Contact juggling balls come in different sizes, colors, and materials they are made of and everyone has their favorite. All you do is figure that out and then stick to what you like. You could do some comparison shopping and choose your favorite by price as well as functionality and looks.
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