If you have mastered the basic 3 Club Cascade, then you are ready to try the following 10 tricks. Good luck and good Juggling!
Reverse Cascade – The opposite of the Cascade. In the cascade, the clubs are always thrown underneath each other. In a reverse cascade, every club is thrown over the top of the previous club thrown. Imagine an open bucket at eye level in front of the center of your body. All the clubs must be thrown into this bucket and caught by the opposite hand.
Reverse Arms – The cascade pattern, but with your arms reversed (your left arm is over at your right hand side and vice-versa). Instead of a cascade throw, you throw the club under the opposite arm, to be done by that hand.
Juggler's Tennis aka Sunset – This is a trick that can be built up gradually. Every club thrown from one hand goes over the top of the other two clubs, which are just swapped from hand to hand. Once this is mastered, you can then try just throwing the same club over the other two back and forth (just like a tennis match with the other two clubs as the net)!
Under the Legs – Begin by using just one club in your left hand and throw it under your left leg so that it can be worn by the right hand, then throw the club under the right leg so that it lands back in the left hand! Once you can do this smoothly, you are ready to attempt under the leg while juggling the 3 club cascade pattern! If you are struggling then try either doing a double spin or a really high slow spin. This allows the club to go a bit higher and gives you longer before you need to catch it. Here are some under the leg possibilities:
- Every throw from your favorite hand goes under the leg
- Every throw from either hand goes under the leg
- Left hand throwing under left leg,
- Right hand throwing under right leg
- Left hand throw under right leg
- Right hand throw under the left leg
Wrong way round / Half flips – Begin by holding all clubs by the opposite end. You can try and keep juggling with the clubs facing the wrong way, or during the cascade pattern apply half a spin (or 1.5 times spin) to the club and catch it the proper way round. You could start by juggling the cascade normally and then flip the clubs so you catch them the wrong way round, then flip them back again. This is a good comedy trick!
Chops – A chop is made after you have done a club, when you quickly carry the club downwards (chopping motion) into the middle of the pattern. The following throw is under the arm that just chopped a club. You should be able to work up to chopping with every throw (both hands doing the chopping). You can then work on making your throws higher and wider to make the trick look really impressive!
Chin Rolls – When juggling a 3 club cascade, try placing one of the clubs (up with the knob facing down) on top of your chin. The objective of this is not to balance the club, but that it should fall into your other hand and the cascade can be continued! It all happens in under a second, and looks impressive!
Double / Triple spins – In order to master some of the more difficult 3 club tricks (and to move on to 4+ club juggling), it is suggested that you learn how to do double or triple spins smoothly. By giving the clubs extra spin, the clubs can have more time in the air, which allows you some time to do other tricks such as flourishes (see below). To achieve double spins, work your way through the 3 club cascade tutorial once again, but this time use double spins instead of single spins! Repeat for triple spins also!
Flourish – When you are able to throw a club with double or triple spin from one hand, you should try to learn some basic flourishing moves with the same hand (such as wiping your forehead with the club, twirling the club like a baton, spinning the club on your hand etc).
Fire Juggling – Only to be attempted once you are very confident with juggling normal clubs. It is strongly suggested that you find someone to teach you how to safely use fire clubs, and not just attempt to learn by yourself.
What next? Try moving on to 4 Club Juggling (you need to really master 2 club juggling in each hand separately as well as throwing double or triple flips instead of single flip for this to be successful! Roll, Spin Poi and many other Circus Skills!