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"Little Known" Juggling patterns

Welcome to a place where can find information about club-passing patterns that are probably not described elsewhere on the net. Either they are too new, or just not widely known outside of a few oddballs in the western United States.

Two juggling patterns from Dave Davis

Dave Davis is a Phoenix area / "West Coast" juggler who has created some juggling patterns. Here are two of his:

The Hammy

The first is the Hammy. It is a five-count pattern, non-symmetric (each juggler does different patter), as is usual for Dave-created patterns. Oh, and of course, one person has more 'fun' than the other (another earmark). (The little arrows on the causal diagram mean a 'hurry' - the catching hand has just made a pass, and gets no rest.)

causal diagram for hammy

The 'easy' side (bottom line), starting with the right hand:
    straight pass, self throw, diagonal pass, self throw, self throw

The 'fun' side does, starting with the left hand:
     diagonal pass, self throw, straight pass, self throw, self throw

It is a fun pattern, and if you've done Jim's 3-count you should be able to learn it.

The Jezebel Fast-Slow

The second pattern is the Jezebel fast-slow. One person has much more 'fun' in this one. It is a fast-slow pattern -- 5 counts for the 'slow' side, and 6 counts (plus hand-across!) for the 'fast' side. The fun side also has hurries.

causal diagram for jezebel

Note that the relative timings of the throws are open to interpretation/fiddling - whether you throw high or low, or whatever, to make the pattern work. However, the diagonal pass from the 'easy' side does need to have some delay!!!

The 'easy' side (top line), starting with the right hand:
    straight pass, straight pass, diagonal pass, self throw, self throw

The 'fun' side, starting with the left hand:
    diagonal pass, diagonal pass, handacross, self throw, diagonal pass, self throw, self throw

Interesting note:  the club which gets handed across never leaves the 'fun' side.

Some other "West Coast" patterns

These are patterns I have learned from Dave and others that are also not very widespread.

The Turlock Fast-Slow

This is another fast-slow pattern. The story goes that the two jugglers who invented this both decided to juggle "straight diagonal self". It took them a lot of effort to juggle this, and even more time passed before they realized that they were not juggling the same thing!

causal diagram for turlock

Easy side:
    straight pass, diagonal pass, self
Fun side:
    straight pass, self, diagonal pass, self, self

Both sides start right-handed. It really isn't that hard ;-)

After a round, the two jugglers can switch roles ...

This can also be fed... probably more on that later.

Parker 4-3 and variations

At the "First Annual Arizona Juggling Festival," held in California, Memorial Day weekend, 2002, across the river from Parker, Arizona, there came about a "4-3" pattern where jugglers would do a 4-count pattern followed by a 3-count pattern...  Since these are odd-count (7) patterns, you need to do them again, "left-handed", to come back around to the beginning.  They are all done with 'straight' passes.

Parker 4-3

This is what was developed during the "festival" in "Arizona".  Both jugglers are doing "pass-self-pass-self" during the 4-count, and then "pass-pass-self" during the 3-count.  It looks like this:

Causal diagram for 2-person Parker 4-3

This is a pleasing pattern.

Parker 4-3 Feed (3 people)

OK, say that you have just discovered or learned a nice pattern.  Time to feed it, right?  In this pattern, the feeder is doing the Parker 4-3 beats, the other two are each doing 'half' of it.

Feeder:   pass1-self-pass2-self pass1-pass2-self
Juggler1:  pass-self-self-self pass-self-self
Juggler2:  self-self-pass-self self-pass-self

Repeat as necessary ;-)   For the purposes of the following pattern, the feeder refers to the juggler to the feeder's left as "Juggler 1".

Parker 4-3 Rotating Feed (3 people)

Oh, this pattern is an absolute joy, and quite mind-bending to keep straight.   Each juggler will go through all three roles of the "Parker 4-3 Feed" (twice) before you come back to the beginning, for a whopping 42-count pattern.  As you can see from an examination of the causal diagram, the pass is rotated around to the right (counterclockwise, juggler 2) when following the "juggler 1 == left" convention above.

Causal diagram for Parker 4-3 rotating feed

Parker 4-3-2

This is the logical follow-on to the Parker 4-3.  I believe it was elaborated at Lodi 2002.  Take the Parker 4-3, and add a 2-count (passing ultimates), and you have this pattern.  It, of course, repeats "on the other side".

Pass-self-pass-self pass-pass-self pass-pass

Causal diagram for Parker 4-3-2

This is a pleasing pattern, but more brain-twisting than the Parker 4-3.

Parker 4-3-2 Feed

This is an "accomodation" feed, of sorts, as one juggler only needs the ability to do a 3-count (Pbbbbbbbbt!).  The feeder (center line) does the 4-3-2.  Juggler 1 (top line) gets the first pass of each "phase", juggler 2 (bottom line) gets the second pass.


Since these are odd-count patterns, you do them 'twice' to get back to start. That is, you do it the second time with the hands reversed. The causal diagrams reflect this, the English descriptions do not. And, I usually don't think left/right when I am learning, just the beats... straight, diagonal, self, ...

The causal diagrams were created in the Joe Pass! juggling simulator. An asterisk (*) means that the throw was 'hurried'. Check out the JoePass! simulation files for the above patterns:

Page was created on 8 November 2002. Last updated 15 November 2002.