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Juggling master
How to learn how to juggle

04/02/15
By Kelly Sennott ksennott@hippopress.com



Eighteen-year-old Michael Lang of Merrimack has been juggling for years. Last fall, he presented at the Nashua Public Library’s How-To Festival, and he shared a few tips with the Hippo last week

The key to juggling, Lang said, is to be consistent with how you toss whatever you’re juggling. He recommends you start out with something like bean bags — they’re not slippery and won’t bounce around like, say, tennis balls, when you drop them.
Start out by practicing consistently throwing one ball from hand to hand with an arc level to your eyes. 
Then try with two, starting with one ball in each hand. With your dominant hand, throw the first ball with that same kind of trajectory. When it’s at the peak, throw the second, and then catch the first. Lang said you should be making an imaginary “X” in the air. Go back and forth until you feel comfortable.
Then, it’s time to go on to three. Start out with two balls in your dominant hand, one in your other.
“Throw with your dominant hand, and at the arc, throw with the second hand. When the second one reaches its peak, throw the third ball the same way you threw the first ball,” Lang said.
The hardest thing will be to remember to stabilize — and catch — the balls consistently; it will come with practice. Lang is self-taught but says there are hundreds of YouTube videos that can help beginning jugglers learn.
“I like to juggle because it’s an impressive trick, and it’s also relaxing,” Lang said. 
 
As seen in the April 2, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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