The 2.5-3 inch range is the normal range of sizes. 4 inches is huge,
so probably wouldn't be very good. For a 13 year old, 2.5 might be
good, as they'll have smaller hands. 2.5 is also good if you want to
do the multi-ball manipulations (where you have 3 balls in one hand
and spin them around in circles or over each other). I prefer the 3
inch size for the single ball rolling techniques, since a bigger ball
moves a little slower, and I like the extra weight.
Also, for a beginner, I would recommend getting them a stage ball for
practice. A stage ball is hollow, lighter, and slightly flexible.
It's not nearly as nice for contact juggling, and doesn't look as
good, but when you drop it, it won't smash stuff. This is important
for a beginner; contact juggling balls can go flying when you screw
up, and anything breakable in the room will be in danger, not to
mention putting dents in walls, and scratching your pretty acrylic
ball. I have lost a hard drive due to my laptop being in range of a
stray contact juggling ball.
On Dec 4, 2006, at 1:22 PM, Kimberly Terrill wrote:
i see they sell different sizes. What would be a good starting size
for a 13 yr old?
On 12/4/06, JK Grence <jkgrence@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: I do all sorts of
kinetic toys, including poi, diabolos, and yes, contact juggling.
I have a couple of the balls you speak of, and they're a joy to
play with. I will warn you it takes insane amounts of practice to
do contact juggling with any degree of fluidity; it's more
difficult than toss juggling by a few orders of magnitude. It
should still be easy enough to get them online in time for
Christmas (such as www.dube.com), but if you like to buy locally (I
do), call up magic shops in your area; my favorite local magic shop
just happens to also be my juggling supply store, and I'd imagine
the same would be true in other locales.
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