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Community & Events / Re: Montreal Juggling Festival 2009
« on: April 29, 2009, 03:16:51 AM »
48 hours until I leave...whoo hoo!!!

Who's down for a vertax workshop?  XD


Community & Events / Re: IJA- Need people
« on: March 19, 2009, 03:24:39 AM »
I first met Tony in Svenborg at the 2003 EJC, and while I wouldn't call him the humblest person I've ever met, my wife and I had a pleasant time hanging out with him this summer on the tour of the Henry's factory at the EJC in Karlsruhe. Heck, my French sucks, and his English has improved a great deal.  I expect him to make many friends in Winston-Salem.  It's going to be a GREAT festival!



Community & Events / IJA 2009 Workshops Thread
« on: March 08, 2009, 01:24:11 AM »
Hi everyone! 

I'm doing my part to help out with workshops at this year's IJA festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  To that end, I want to get a head start of soliciting workshop ideas and workshop leaders on this forum.  I have a few questions:

1.  What have been your favorite workshops at festivals past?  Any memorable ones?  Have you ever said to yourself, "Man, I wish I hadn't missed X."  What would X be?

2.  If you could go (or are actually going) to the IJA, what would be your dream list of workshops (assuming no conflicts in schedule)? 

3.  Who would you like to see teaching workshops (assuming you could have anyone teaching anything)? 

4.  Would you like to teach a workshop?  What would you like to teach? 

Thanks in advance for your comments and advice.  I want to create an environment where great teaching and fun learning happen!


Community & Events / Re: Dutch Juggling Convention 2009
« on: March 07, 2009, 03:11:12 PM »
Wish I could be there!  I'm going to miss you guys BIG TIME!  And by the way, I want the club!!!  I'll take it all over the freakin' world!   =)

Community & Events / IJA 2009--Tony Frebourg is going!!!
« on: February 27, 2009, 03:08:50 AM »
Hi everyone!

You heard it here first folks!!!  Dan Holzman just called me and told me.  Word around the campfire is that Tony will also be teaching a special workshop in addition to performing in the Cascade of Stars with Wes Peden, Jay Gilligan, and other rock stars of the juggling world.  No word yet on how much the fee will be for the special workshop (if any), but either way, it's going to be a ROCKING IJA festival this summer in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 

I am so there!


Community & Events / Re: Montreal Juggling Festival 2009
« on: February 26, 2009, 02:56:41 AM »

I'm so glad to hear that you'll be there.  You're right--festivals are an excellent way to renew and remind you about why juggling is a great hobby.  I will be there with as much stuff to share as humanly possible. 

Counting the days,


Videos / Re: Collaboration video 2008: "Work in progress"
« on: November 22, 2008, 03:55:24 PM »
You know, you're right.  I just found the e-mail where you asked.  I'm an idiot. 

Yufi does it both ways, so I still consider it his.  I sure as hell didn't think of it!  haha

Sjonnie and Anita,


Videos / Re: Collaboration video 2008: "Work in progress"
« on: November 22, 2008, 03:14:24 PM »
So I come home from teaching two days ago, and I find Lisa at the computer watching a diabolo video.  This fact alone causes me to pause and wonder, "Why is she doing that?"  I ask her and she replies, "I'm waiting to see you..."  I look at title and see that it's the 2008 Collaboration Video.  So I tell her, "Honey, I'm not in that video.  I didn't send anything in.  I don't have anything worth sharing..."  Imagine my surprise when I see myself on the screen. 

I TOTALLY forgot that Duncan was sitting there filming while I tried to get that trick at EJC.  And for the record, all credit should go to Yufi from Czech.  It was his trick and he taught it to me the night before with a broken hand no less.  Thank you Yufi!!!

Speaking of thank you's, Martjin deserves a big one of course. I really appreciate the time and trouble you take to create these videos.  Next time we meet, the beer's on me. 

breezersletjes,  ;)


Community & Events / Re: Upcoming California yoyo and juggling festivals
« on: August 30, 2008, 09:18:35 PM »
I've already confirmed my attendance at the Berkeley festival with the organizers--I still haven't confirmed what act I'll do in the show or what workshops I'll be teaching. 

As for the Cal Yo Yo gig, I'm going to be in Las Vegas at Ivan Pecel's Housewarming Party, probably playing in the pool with a cool beverage.  ;D

See ya soon!


Community & Events / Re: EJC 2008 - Karlsruhe, Germany
« on: August 14, 2008, 04:52:01 AM »
Hey y'all!

Yeah, it was EPIC.  EJC 2008.  Wow.  Rather than re-write everything, I'll simply put a couple of links in:

My High-Low-Goal-Crush-Bane-Surprise post from rec.juggling:

My workshop handouts for anyone who didn't get one (I printed 40 for each workshop, and that was way low sometimes...I printed 100 out for the multiplex workshop and ran short...)

Great to see y'all, if only sometimes for a moment.  Duncan, you da man.  Sean, I want those glowballs!!!  haha

Much love!  When y'all gonna come over to the U.S. for a festival?   ;)

Community & Events / Re: EJC 2008 - Karlsruhe, Germany
« on: February 26, 2008, 04:42:51 PM »
Just wanted to drop a quick note saying that I'm in!  Lisa and I are booked, registered and counting down the days...

157 and counting...

matt ;D

Videos / Re: "Advanced Cat's Cradle Trick"
« on: January 20, 2008, 04:25:15 PM »
Ladies and Gents,

Meet Adria Moskowitz.  She is a legend in the U.S. juggling scene for:

1.  Claiming to be blind (she has been observed walking 15 feet out of her way to pick up a dime she noticed, in addition to other actions somewhat difficult to accomplish if you are blind)
2.  Claiming to have had her arm almost ripped off in an accident (as you can see, she wears tank tops and there are no scars visible...I suppose it could be true?)
3.  Mind-bendingly horrible stand-up comedy routines at Renegade shows
4.  And now, the Expert Village series

You know, I'm almost tempted to go on Expert Village and post my own versions of all her stuff (she has made a whole series for balls as well--equally painful).  I wonder what they would do?  Would they replace her stuff?  Would they just keep both sets?  As an educator, I almost feel a moral obligation to make sure beginning jugglers are getting proper instruction...


Forward Scotland!!!


Community & Events / Re: Scottish Juggling Convention, 1-3 February 2008
« on: January 18, 2008, 04:59:10 PM »
13 days to go people....

Yeah baby! 

So, anyone know if Donald Grant is going to be at this one? 

Anyone up for a vertax workshop?   ;D


General / Re: 2007 Tricks of the Year (reposted from rec.juggling)
« on: January 07, 2008, 01:50:43 AM »
I really hope you do make it to the Scottish bro!

And don't be silly, your Drop It Like It's Hot video is one of my all-time favorites. 

The countdown to Scottish has begun...


General / Re: 2007 Tricks of the Year (reposted from rec.juggling)
« on: January 05, 2008, 10:26:11 PM »
Hi everyone,

Leo, thanks for the correction--I had a feeling that I was off on that one. 

Thanks to all of you for being my teachers in 2007.  That's what's so great about juggling and the juggling community.  You notice that I learned a ton of diabolo tricks from the lists, eh?  It wasn't so long ago that I got people like Chris Garcia into juggling, and now he's better than I am at his chosen prop.  Chris just makes up stuff all the time.  I tell him that it's his job to make stuff up for me since I'm the old white guy trying to tutor people at lunch while he gets to play. And yes, I do have some new goals for the new year.  In 2008, I am taking a reverse approach.  My main juggling goals for this year revolve around getting just four main tricks under my belt:

2 devil sticks (just for jollies)
5 club singles (coming along)
3 diabolos high (had it, and it's slipped a bit)
3 diabolos low (never even tried it, and scared to death...haha)
My other main juggling goal for the year is to create/re-shape a routine for every prop I do with some frequency.  I am talking about getting each routine really solid and hopefully adding to it in terms of choreography, tempo, and aesthetic selection of tricks.  So, for me, that will most likely involve:

cigar boxes
devil stick
kendama (finally test for black belt and/or make a Renegade comedy
tennis ball and can

And, of course, I want to keep learning new tricks.  In that sense I am still very much like a young, too-keen instant juggler.  I just want to be able to do THAT (whatever 'THAT' is at the time)!!  Part of the fun is spending all the time to learn the darn trick, so that it is possible to share it with others in a workshop (giving full credit to the inventor, of course). Case in point, Busk and M4U--the two Italian diabolo wizards tearing up the scene in the past couple years.  Unless you have actually met these guys at a festival and have learned their tricks from them,
those tricks can be BRUTAL to learn from a video (trust me, I know...). And yet, now having learned them, I could help someone else learn them in a quarter of the time.  That's a good thing.  There are STILL tricks I can't figure out from the videos, so I'll just have to be patient until I meet someone at a fest or online who can explain them.

Whoa, long reply.  Sorry about that.

Forward 2008!!


General / 2007 Tricks of the Year (reposted from rec.juggling)
« on: January 05, 2008, 05:21:15 PM »
Hi everyone!

The title says it all.  I set a goal during Christmas Vacation 2006 to see if I could learn one new trick a day.  My first idea was that I would go through all my old juggling videos and find those pesky little tricks that I wanted to learn years ago, but perhaps did not have the technical grounding to pull off at the time.  The quest soon changed as I started using all of the tasty videos being offered online.  For standards, I basically told myself that I had to be able to pull the trick several times before I checked it off.  For siteswaps, this meant being able to do at least four rounds of the trick.  It didn't matter what prop I used, and it didn't matter if the trick was really easy--it just had to be a trick that I thought was cool...

For the rest of the story, and the results of my year-long quest, which just ended a few days ago, see below:

No videos.  No podcasts.  Just some writing and Excel sheets about one year in the life of a juggler.
Check it out and let me know what you think.  It's a new year, and time for some new goals!


Videos / Re: [video] Be Sharpe
« on: December 20, 2007, 11:26:10 PM »
So I'm in the classroom after another day of interview quizzes for my J1 students, and Chris Garcia tells me I've got to see this new video on the forum...

Like Sean, I'm fondly reminiscing about meeting Sharpe-san at the WJF in 2004.  This little skinny kid with good skills coming up--just starting his work on 3 diabolos and asking the MFP for tips.  Now I look at what you guys are doing and I just laugh. 

Just lovely guys...thanks for the videos and for the memories. 

peace be the journey


Videos / Re: Tempei and Ryo Yabe
« on: November 11, 2007, 06:07:19 AM »
Yeah.  Ryo told me it was terrible. Tempei told me the same. The DVD might be ok, i think it was just the hanging out with passepasse...

EDIT:  Ok i just watched it... i think they meant the DVD as well. passepasse are going to completely ruin what could be an amazing collab DVD.  Oh and they successfully spelled someone's name wrong again! First it was Rio Yabe, and now Tempei Karakawa. Things can only get better eh...

Also, "Japs in Paris" is, in my opinion, totally racist.  The Japanese themselves consider the term beyond the pale, going back to when it was used by the United States to dehumanize the Japanese in Army propaganda during World War II.  I certainly hope that will not be the actual title of the DVD.  Ugh. 


General / Matt Hall website update
« on: August 21, 2007, 06:33:49 PM »
Hey y'all!

I FINALLY got around to updating my website with photos and videos
from some of the festivals I went to last year.  If memory serves, you
can now read about and see my stuff from:

IJA 2007
Humboldt 2007
PNWJC 2007
America's Got Talent 2007
Training with The Passing Zone 2006
Hurricane Hugo Festival 2006

Plus, I updated my Siteswap List so now it is easier to read and has a ton more examples for you ball, club, and ring jugglers out there. 

Here's that link:



Videos / Re: Short and Long
« on: August 16, 2007, 02:13:45 AM »
Dear Sean_ and GT,

Great stuff guys.  Permission to steal at will?   ;D

I've GOT to get over to the other side of the pond and hang out again.  It's been ages since BJC 2006 and I'm suffering from Brit-style diabolo withdrawal.. :(

Again, loved the video.  Short and sweet.  Sean_, on the one hand, I don't want you to get cancer, but on the other hand, the fag in the mouth while busting 2D is the coolest **** since Cheap Trick's drummer.   ;)

later guys,


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