Mike's been fascinated by juggling for years. Here's what he has to
say about the subject:
How I Learned
"Using a book, I taught myself to juggle 3 balls when I was about 12-13.
Then, in my freshman dorm in college, there was a guy who juggled clubs. I
really wanted to learn that, but the clubs were expensive. So I created some
homemade ones out of broomstick handles and tennis balls, and taught
myself to juggle those one summer while home from college!
"When I got to University of Maryland, I met two grad students who passed clubs
together, and I learned how to do that from them. While practicing
outside the Physics building one day, another student happened by and asked
if I'd be interested in juggling with a group of folks who met weekly in
Bowie (Maryland). That's where I met serious jugglers for the first time
and really honed my skills over a number of years while attending that club."
Why I Like It
"I've always felt a kinship between my love of
music and juggling . There's a lot of rhythm and syncopation involved in
juggling, particulary when passing clubs with one or more other
jugglers, which introduces an improvisational aspect as well. I suppose it's
similar to playing in a band (not that I've ever been musically talented enough
to do that). Plus, it's just plain fun to have an unusual skill that
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