First, let me relate the idea behind this...... when I'm in the corporate setting I normally am able to get a fair percentage of folks into being the most basic of jugglers.... able to get three balls around at least once... with nothing more than `my voice and their observational skills' and usually about 1-2 minutes of personal `hands on teaching' as I go around a room. Additionally, I know from teaching scads of folks to juggle that `motivated to learn' folks do MUCH better at `getting it' - and can often get it in a VERY short period of time. That said, I figured it might be a challenge.
I approached each person as if I KNEW I could do it with them... almost a hypnotic confidence they could do it..... some got the vibe.
15 folks said `not now/no thanks' (estimated)
6 Folks said - `really(?), okay'
Who didn't get it within 3-5 minutes
A distracted mother with kids around her
A guy from London in Atlanta for a wedding
A teen boy who nearly got it but not quite
Who DID get it within 3-5 minutes
A teen boy, a buddy of the teen boy that couldn't - this guy had tried before and gotten close... he was looking to do patterns with 5 minutes of instruction.
A young dad (30 perhaps) strolling in the park with in-laws and two carriages --- who excitedly said `I've always wanted to do this' as he came over. And, within 3-5 minutes, he was `doing it' with cellphone video proof by his party.
And, lastly, a perhaps late 20's female who immediately made clear I had 3 minutes as she needed to be home for her roommate to get in. Elated 5 minutes later she said when leaving `I'm going home and show off'.
Yepper - it was a fun time had by all. And, I tell this story to ask if you have tried like the teen boy and almost got juggling but not quite. Or, is juggling something you `always wanted to do'? Because if so, I'm nearly positive that participating in one of my lessons will put you over the top to achievement of becoming a juggler. Motivation being the key.
But, I also do this posting to encourage businesses and larger parties to also consider juggling as a bonding to recreational thing you can do for your enterprise. As encouraging your employees to succeed in areas they didn't think they could and aid in helping their focus and thinking out of the box cannot have a price put upon it.
Oh, in my personal juggling lessons - nearly all of which have the participant `get it' at some point of the lesson - we do more than just the 3 ball cascade pattern.... I also teach 2 balls with one hand... off the wall juggling..... bounce juggling.... and simple patterns. And, of course - juggling together with another person ---- something I also did with each Piedmont Park juggler............... The juggling seeds continue to grow.