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Re: [Rabbits] Re: Please help me find a glass ball for Christmas!

  • FromBrian Campbell <lambda@xxxxxxx>
  • DateMon, 4 Dec 2006 13:39:30 -0500
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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