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3 beanbags are recommended for beginners as they are easy to grasp and you won't spend your         practice time getting exercise by chasing dropped  balls. Also, for that reason if you use balls,          practice over a bed for a while so you won't be chasing them. (In my instructions here I refer only to the use of a ball, but I am sure that you will realize this also applies to  beanbags.)

 

One ball

  

step 1

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I want you to look carefully at the one ball animation. When you observe the motion of the ball you also notice the movement of the hands
Both movements compliment each other in this action. Juggling is a collection of catches and when the hands are moving in a circular motion as shown, it keeps them in a position for more than one ball as you will see .      Practice the circular motion of the hands as shown but without the ball.                                    

 

step 2

Now that you are comfortable with the motions of your hands , we will now work with a ball.    Keeping in mind that the ball (beanbag) should never be in the air higher than your eye level.    With your elbows comfortably rested at your sides, your hands should be level with the ground. Now lightly toss the ball from your left hand to your right hand using the same movement as shown in the one ball animation. This on its own does not seem like much  but it is very important to your motions, rhythm and timing.       An excellent way to practice the proper movement of the ball is to imagine that you have a small basketball type hoop extending out from your chest. This is the method taught by Jeff Collins (Canada's top Juggler). By pretending to toss the ball through the bottom of the hoop up and over into your other hand builds   a basis for a consistent throw. I also  recommend that you switch hands and reverse  the throw while maintaining the same consistency of motion.   Move on to the next step when you  feel comfortable with this action.                          

Two balls

step 3

Place a ball in each hand and when you toss a ball into your other hand using the movement that you've practiced , you'll notice that it is harder to catch because you have a ball in your hand, so you have to get rid of that ball in order to catch the ball in the air. This my friends, is all juggling is, tossing and catching. That is why you should have practiced the one ball toss with both hands until you were comfortable with both hands.      Looking closely at the animation for TWO BALLS,  notice that both hands are still in the circular motion as in step one and that both balls have the same path of movement.            
Wow! In stereo. Two balls .Using two balls is the same motions as used with your one ball toss but with that one exception. You toss the ball in your right hand in the same motion  as you've practiced and then you toss the ball in your left hand ,in the same motion as you practiced, so that your hand is empty to catch the ball in the air.

Now we will add a count. I want you to count 1.. 2 .. 3  , 1.. 2.. 3.. etc..On step two you used a ball in a single toss, now when you toss the ball in the motion that you practiced ,count 1. as you toss the other ball count two. At the end of count two you should have a ball in each hand. As in the two ball animation, count 1 on the first toss , count two on the 2nd toss and three on the third toss but pretend to toss a ball as you catch the 2nd ball that was tossed.

Practice this two ball and three count so that you are very comfortable with these and try to alternate directions of the two balls all the while the balls are following the same path as shown in the animation for two balls.

3 ball juggling

step 4

When you are very comfortable with 2 ball juggling and the 2 count. add a third ball.    If you start with 2 balls in your left hand and one ball in your right hand , toss a ball (in the proper path) from your hand with 2 balls at this point, you start your 1,2,3.. count for timing. The animation in 3 ball juggling   shows the hands are still in the same position and circular motion. While the balls travel in the same path as the one ball animation took.   sort of like a figure eight. If you worked on the two balls and added the false count of three where you would only pretend to toss the ball ,  you would notice that when you substituted a ball in count of number 3.that it is nothing new for you  as you would really toss the3rd  as if it where the fist and so on down the line....Practice the moves very carefully and practice. 

       GOOD LUCK !!!!  

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