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Seven Is Hard

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Published on Apr 27, 2011

Learning to juggle seven balls is tough - painfully, frustratingly, soul-crushingly tough. It took me three months to achieve 100 catches of five balls and I thought that was a new level of challenging. Calculations based on progress over time indicate that seven is ten times harder than six, nearly one hundred times harder than five, and over one thousand times harder than four (it seems to be roughly logarithmic with each ball added). It often feels like you are simply not making progress, but then you have a good day. Today was a pretty good day. Must remember the good days... must remember...

These are a few clips from a typical seven ball practice session. If I do this for two hours every other day for three to four years, I should get it solid. No, I'm not kidding. I have been intermittently working on six and seven for five months and only qualified the latter last weekend.

The location is Kent, the date is 26th April 2011. I was 26 in this video. Balls are Play MMX White, acquired from the lovely Max at Oddballs in Brighton. Music is a remix of 'Virtuality' by UK progressive metal group Filament. Video was taken on a Nikon D7000 sitting atop a Velbon Sherpa 250R tripod and processed in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. I have been juggling sporadically for six years, but for only eleven months 'seriously' (until May 2010 my repertoire consisted of typical three and four ball party tricks). I therefore consider this nearly one year of rediscovering juggling.

If you are here looking for seven ball juggling tips, I regret I am by no means qualified to assist. I can, however, humbly offer a single maxim: persevere.

Lastly, I just noticed the run at 00:31 is a qualify, too - 17 throws before the drop, and only two catches missed. It's actually neater than the one I put at the end!

http://www.oddballs.co.uk/juggling-ba...

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