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chris_cabry

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« on: January 16, 2006, 07:28:01 pm »
i thought the British people on this forum may want to enter the British Young Juggler of the Year compatition so i tought i would inform you on the situation.
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The British Young Juggler of the Year 2006

Where and when?
It’s taking place at the British Juggling Convention, at 9pm on Friday
21st of April in the Swamp Circus tent.

Who can enter?
Anyone can enter! That is, as long as they are;
- British (slightly British is close enough, but
living-in-britain-at-the-moment is not)
- young (under 21)
- a juggler

What do they have to do?
Entertain an audience of jugglers for between a minimum of 2 and a maximum
of 5 minutes.

More specifically, what is suitable for the competition?
Any kind of act with any prop. If they want they can perform their skills
choreographed to music… or do a themed act… or a comedy routine… or a
presentation of pure technical ability. Any props too: balls, clubs,
rings, diabolo, devilsticks, flowersticks, cigar boxes, hats, ball
spinning, staff, poi, shaker cups, plate spinning, etc, etc... Not
unicycles or yoyos though, they already have their own seperate
competitions.

What awards can be won?
There are loads of awards that can be won! Check these out:

1. The main title ‚British Young Juggler of the Year’ is voted for by the
audience. It is left up to the audience as to what they think that title
should mean… so if a juggler wants to win this prize they need to be
either the best juggler of the night, or the most entertaining, or (better
yet) the best, most entertaining juggler. Last year this was won by Jon
Udry who performed with 3 to 5 clubs. He dropped a lot, but was more
entertaining picking up his clubs than some others were with their
juggling.

2. Gold and Silver Awards are decided on by a panel of three experts. The
judges look at each act on its own merits, based on how well the juggler
does what they do. Eg: If a juggler presents (with few or no drops) a
choreographed routine of high professional standards in terms of
technique, choreography, costume and music, and the judges feel they would
book that act for a professional show, they could receive a Gold Award…
or, if presented with a streetshow style routine, the judges think they
would put 10 quid in the hat at the end, that juggler would get a Gold
Award too… or, if shown a purely technical juggling routine, the judges
think it could rank at the WJF, that juggler may get a Gold Award. In
other words, if a juggler does what they do really well, they get a Gold.
If they are not so high standard they may get a Silver Award. For
comparison, a BYJOTY Gold Award Routine should be of the same standard, or
higher, than an IJA Juniors Gold Medal. Last year no juggler won a Gold
Award at the BYJOTY show.

3. Judges Choice Award. The judges get together and decide the which young
juggler was the most professional, stylish and skilled. Last year Norbi
Whitney won the Judges Choice Award with a slick ring juggling number.

4. Convention Awards. Organisers from other conventions and festivals can
award a place in their own public or gala shows to their favourite
performer. Last year Jon Udry won a place in the Nottingham Juggling
Convention show and Zyllan Spillsbury won a place in the Durham Juggling
Convention show. This year, along with some regional conventions, on offer
is a place in the BJC 2007 Public Show… to perform alongside some of the
biggest names in the juggling world such as Jason Garfield.


Ok, so they are the awards… but what do they win?
Last year the BYJOTY gave about 500 pounds worth of vouchers for the
winners to spend on anything from the convention’s equipment traders or
the Butterfingers catalogue, plus other prizes such as sets of glowballs,
Kaskade magazine for a year, etc. This year should be about the same, with
hopefully 200 pounds going to the overall winner.

I want to bribe the judges, who are they?
So far Matt Hall and Mike Armstrong are confirmed as panel judges. Matt
has judged (and won) many IJA competitions and championships. Mike
Armstrong was asked to judge the IJA championships, but turned them down,
but agreed to be a convention award judge last year. Peachi and Martin are
judging the BJC 2007 award. Other judges will be announced soon.


I’m a young juggler, and I think I’m pretty good… but I don’t have an act…
can I still enter?
This year there is a new event as part of the BYJOTY show…. Best Trick!
While the judges are out deliberating and the audience votes are being
counted, any young juggler is allowed to take to the stage and show off
their most impressive, skillful, creative, stupid or interesting trick.
The competitors themselves, with help from the competition host, vote on
the winner.


How can I enter?
Email me: luke@juggler.ner – subject BYJOTY

I need more information!
Email me: luke@juggler.ner – subject BYJOTY

I want to volunteer to help run the competition, be a judge, count votes,
etc!
Email me: luke@juggler.ner – subject BYJOTY


Hope this is usefull
regards Chris
Two cups and an axle!!
2cupsandanaxle@gmail.com

barnesy

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2006, 07:29:23 pm »
Are you going for it?  I missed last year's BJC but am looking forward to having a look at BYJOTY at this years.

chris_cabry

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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2006, 07:39:57 pm »
i might do.
If i do enter i will be juggling not diaboloing.
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2006, 07:57:34 pm »
i am hopefully off to it still finding place to stay, if go i will be hopefully entering it, mainly for the experience
zack turner

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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2006, 08:11:56 pm »
Hopefully I'll be able to watch, it sounds cool.
Behind your back is your front.

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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2006, 10:31:07 pm »
I entered last year, with a diabolo routine, it wasn't a very good routine compared to the standard of the majority of the people who post on diabolo.ca though (but its not all about skill, presentation will get you far as well!),and i didn't win anything, all the same it was still fun and a chance to perform/compete at the BJC, its like a proper show, so its cool to be involved with!

See you in Cornwall (hopefully)

Matt

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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2006, 11:32:53 pm »
:cry: I want to enter but unfortunatly I have to leave the convention probably about 4 hours before YBJOTY begins. O well, maybe next year.

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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2006, 11:58:10 pm »
Quote from: Matt Pang
I entered last year, with a diabolo routine, it wasn't a very good routine compared to the standard of the majority of the people who post on diabolo.ca though (but its not all about skill, presentation will get you far as well!),and i didn't win anything, all the same it was still fun and a chance to perform/compete at the BJC, its like a proper show, so its cool to be involved with!

See you in Cornwall (hopefully)

Matt


Well, you did get asked to do the Nottingham show, didnt you? Are you still doing that?

Hopefully see you there (BJC) too...

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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2006, 05:03:25 pm »
Actualy just checked I won't be going. CORNWALL!!! why can't they pick somewhere near the middle of the country every time or even better Liverpool :wink:
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2006, 05:45:57 pm »
I think it's about time the southerners or extreme northerners get an opportunity every now and again to make a convention not seem like a mission to get to.  There are so many conventions in the middle of England (well, Leeds, Nottingham area) that it's good that occasionally it spreads out.  If I lived past the Watford Gap (heaven forbid) I'd attend so many more conventions as they'd only be 50miles away.

Gotta feel bad for Americans and Canadians, they're often hundreds of miles away from conventions.  They seem to be lazier about organising them...

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« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2006, 06:59:22 pm »
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Actualy just checked I won't be going. CORNWALL!!! why can't they pick somewhere near the middle of the country every time or even better Liverpool :wink:

Is that an offer to run it here?  :P

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« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2006, 07:39:57 pm »
Sorry Barnesy if we could get a decent place to have it maybe but i wouldn't know where to start.
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« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2006, 08:00:11 pm »
Don't worry, I'm only half joking!  :twisted:

(as I remember it, I may be wrong) Your school is a much better venue than a few previous BJC venues I can think of.  Not that it's quite as easy as being able to think of a venue...

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« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2006, 09:08:31 pm »
Our school probably wouldn't be the best venue maybe Some one could sweet talk our headteacher for next year but until then there will only be the E.Port convention at our school.
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« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2006, 05:40:51 pm »
Cool!!
Its really tempting to enter but i don't have a routine planned out and a couple of months isn't enough time for me to get my head round one. Plus I still need to perfect my three high. My friends at school tell me I should compete in competitions all the time but I could never find any.

Do the judges award more points to younger jugglers?

If i had some more idea how tough the competition from last year was and how tough it is likely to be this year i would be able to decide how ambitious my routine should be If i ever compete either this year (very unlikely) or next year, which seems perfectly possible from where I'm sitting (unless its in  the far north which is just too far for me... probably).
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« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2006, 06:17:52 pm »
Pete, really don't worry about it. Not everyone has a definite routine last year, i'm sure that'll be the case again this year.

Also, it will give you a great idea of the feeling of the whole event.

**** 3 high, try it if you REALLY have to, but i'd rather see a tigh 2 diab routine.

See you there (in the comp that is)

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« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2006, 07:22:19 pm »
So from this forum I can add to the list:

Chris Cabry - juggling
Norbi  - juggling (though his name is down already)
Zack Turner -*wink*
Matt Pang - something cool
Pete from Buckinghamshire - 2 diabolos

Or at least on the maybe list.

Judges will take the age of the competitor into consideration... but will be much more generous to those who aim within their abilities rather than pushing things way too far with no chance of success.


Good luck to all those who enter... remember you can win quite a lot. I think Norbi left the convention with a new set of rings, two new circus diabolos and more.

Also remember all who enter, and even those who don't, get to enter the best trick competition where you can win... not sure yet, but probably a load of cash (I say save your 3 high pirouette for this, as that will take some beating, and do a more confident routine in the show).
Luke

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« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2006, 07:29:13 pm »
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zzt from leeds - do you have a real name?


yeah, lol, its zack
zack turner

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« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2006, 07:42:38 pm »
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...Judges will take the age of the competitor into consideration...


Surely it'd be more fair to take into account length of time juggling, or something. That's what bugged me about the 'beginner' category of WJF. I was a hell of a lot more of a beginner than any of them. Wes has been juggling for like all his life, and he fully rocks. But if he wanted, he could be a beginner at WJF. I just don't think age should matter that much.
Just a thought. Oh, and before everyone complains that i'm saying that to help me, i think i've been juggling longest out of everyone so far.

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Also remember all who enter, and even those who don't, get to enter the best trick competition where you can win... not sure yet, but probably a load of cash (I say save your 3 high pirouette for this, as that will take some beating, and do a more confident routine in the show).


I can't wait for this!

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« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2006, 07:51:45 pm »
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...Judges will take the age of the competitor into consideration...


Surely it'd be more fair to take into account length of time juggling, or something. That's what bugged me about the 'beginner' category of WJF...


When I say age will be taken into consideration, it doesn't mean the judges are going to be softer on younger jugglers and harder on older jugglers. I don't know the ages of all involved, but last year there was an 8 year old who wanted to enter, but then didn't because of he didn't want to up against 20 year olds. Personally I think he could have won a regional convention slot, based on his ability at a young age.

Turns out that when he got to the convention he wasn't British anyway, so the point was mute, but I want any age of juggler to feel they can enter.
Luke