The image is borrowed from University of Oxford’s informative contact juggling page.
Remember that scene in the Labyrinth when David Bowie does the magical moves with the spheres? That’s actually world-famous juggler Michael Moschen, and his art is known as contact juggling or sphereplay. You can try Sphereplay too, now that Terra Toys has spheres.
Two options: clear acrylic sphere or opaque brightly-colored rubber sphere. After my first try with each, I immediately preferred the acrylic version. The weight helps me keep contact with the ball, and because it’s solid acrylic, it’s very durable. I’ve knocked spheres together as hard I could and dropped them on solid concrete (I’m not very good at it yet), and the worst I’ve seen are some tiny dents in my sphere. If you really want to start slow, though, or if you’re a kid, you can try the rubber version. It comes with an instructional DVD, and won’t smash any windows while you’re practicing in the house.
2.75" Clear Acrylic Sphere with Pouch $24
Sphereplay Starter Kit: 72mm Rubber Play Sphere, Instructional DVD, and Pouch $20
The Sphereplay company who supply us with the spheres also put on a yearly Sphere Camp in Austin.
This video will totally inspire you to try it!
Local jugglers meet weekly: Texas Juggling Society