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Community & Events / British Young Juggler of the Year 2011
« on: January 03, 2011, 10:05:25 PM »

Long time no see here. I've been rather busy with offline stuff over the last year or so. Anyhow, I'm organising the British Young Juggler of the Year again this year, at this year's British Juggling Convention in Nottingham. If you're interested, continue reading...

When is it?
Monday 18th April 2011

Who can enter?
There are two criteria:
- You need to be under 21*
- You need to be British (partly British is good enough, but living in Britain at the moment isn't)

What do I have to do?
Entertain a room full of jugglers for between 2 and 5 minutes.

What can I do on stage?
Whichever kind of act you want, with any kind of prop. It can be artsy, comedy, street-style, choreographed to music, technical, or any combination you can think of. Use any prop you like, in any style, but no
yo-yo acts please, as they already have their own competitions.

What can I win?
- The British Young Juggler of the Year Award: This is voted for by the audience. At the end of the show, each member of the audience will choose the act that they thought was the best. Everyone will have different
criteria as to what makes a good act, so if you want to win, work hard on all aspects of your performance!
- Gold and Silver Awards: These are decided by a panal of judges. Each juggler is judged on how well they performed their style of act. If it's considered to be of a high standard, then it'll be awarded a silver. If it's outstanding, then it'll be given a gold.
- Judges Choice: The judges decide who put together the best performance of the night.
- Convention Awards: Awarded by various convention organisers, if they want to book an act for their public show immediately!

What if I don't have an act, but still want to take part?
Enter the best trick competition! As the votes are being counted, and the judges are deliberating, there will be a time for you to show off your best trick, whether it's interesting, inventive, silly, or just plain hard. The winner is chosen by the entrants.

If you're interested in taking part, then send an email with your name, age, area of the country, and what you think you'll perform with, to

Registration will close at midnight on March 20th 2011, so don't be late!

Tom Derrick

*I've had a couple of enquiries from some older, first time performers, who missed out on last year's competition, due to it being organised at short notice, but are now above the age bracket. If this is you, send me an email, and I'll do my best to accommodate.

Community & Events / Re: British Young Juggler of the Year 2010
« on: March 21, 2010, 10:32:44 AM »
Yes, I am in charge of this now.

I don't think there's time to enforce all of Luke's rule change. When people apply, I'll be giving some general advice, which will incorporate Luke's suggestion for new rules, but they will be guidelines rather than concrete rules. Perhaps next year, when I've had the experience of running a BYJotY, I'll sort out some changes.

The best trick portion will still be going ahead, as it's been great fun to watch in the past. Still need to be British and under 21, but you don't need to enter into the main competition, just have some awesome tricks!

Community & Events / British Young Juggler of the Year 2010
« on: March 21, 2010, 12:19:41 AM »
Dear diabolists,

I can confirm that, on April 9th at 7.30, the BYJotY will be taking place at Huddersfield's British Juggling Convention! The show will have young British jugglers showing off their talents, both performing acts, and demonstrating some hardcore skills in the Best Trick competition.

If you're under 21, British (part British will do), and want the chance to show off your routine in an established show, then now's your chance! Pop over to for a full set of rules.

If you'd like to take part, send an email to byjoty(at), and ask for some more information. You can enter at any time up to the BYJotY general meeting on the Thursday afternoon.

If you're over 21, you can still get involved! I'm looking for people to help with the technical side of things, and to help with the voting process.


Tom Derrick

As an unmodded Circus user for the last 6 years, it's a shame to see them finally go. I suppose I'll have to update to Renegades...

Community & Events / Re: Birmingham Ballring - 21st March - 2009
« on: March 17, 2009, 12:42:18 PM »
Bump, to say that this is happening this weekend.

Ian Marchant has been added to the show line up, and we may have a rather special guest doing a workshop in the morning. Hopefully details of the latter will be confirmed by this evening...

Community & Events / Re: British Juggling Convention 2009 - Postponed
« on: February 20, 2009, 08:10:08 PM »
no.. i go to the UEA pretty much every week for the sircus soc. I know jak, i just want to speak with him. Im saying the UEA are stupid, its not his fault at all.

Ah, fair enough. I didn't realise you were local to him.

Community & Events / Re: Birmingham Ballring - 21st March - 2009
« on: February 20, 2009, 04:18:14 PM » for the Facebook lacking.

Hope to see some of you there!

Community & Events / Re: British Juggling Convention 2009 - Postponed
« on: February 20, 2009, 04:17:14 PM »
Im going to have to go and see Jak some time. This is just bloody stupid.

This seems a little confrontational. I'm sure that none of the organisers wanted their venue to fall through and put the event in jeopardy.

Organisers: Whilst a little disappointed that the usual Easter highlight won't be in place, I wish you all the best in getting something together in the summer, with an improved venue. It's probably for the best that you don't have to deal with the UEA crap whilst the event's going on.

Good luck in the coming months, and I hope that all the work you've put in so far comes to fruitition!

Community & Events / Re: BoB 7, Jan 24th, 2009 [UK 1 dayer]
« on: January 28, 2009, 04:31:21 PM »
I had a rather good time. Good to catch up with the diabolists again, even if I did very little myself. Would've been nice to mess around a bit more, but I got really nervous about my performance, so I took myself away and drilled it for a couple of hours. From the response I've had, it seemed to have paid off.

My next one'll possibly be Chocfest or Bath. I'll definitely be at the Ball Ring, though (more information coming soon...)

General / Re: another guy heathcote
« on: November 17, 2008, 12:30:47 AM »
That is our very own Guy.

Tricks / Re: Help with the "Tomicide"
« on: August 21, 2008, 06:38:24 PM »
Here is the TOTW thread, and this was the original rec.juggling thread. I created this trick before I knew of any diabolo community, and it precedes by about a month. No Youtube back then, either!

I only have one tip for this trick, which hasn't been mentioned on the website, and that's to look at how I grab the string on the video. I only use one finger, and it the momentum of the stick that carries it around, like in a mini-genocide. I've seen a few people imitate the animation to the pixel, and it doesn't flow nearly as nicely.

Videos / Re: Ryo Yabe on tv
« on: June 27, 2008, 02:26:38 AM »
That has to be one of the worst performances I have ever seen

Then you, sir, are a moron. If you're doing a performance for a non-juggling audience on national TV, with less than 2 minutes at your disposal, then your most technical stuff probably isn't in the best interest of your viewers, and is riskier than the more visual tricks.

There were a couple of people filming, but they'll have to wait for the performers permission before putting it online, unless they're feeling particularly discourteous.

I had a really good time on Saturday. For all those that didn't come, shame on you. I may cross post an HLGCB from rec.juggling, once I've written it.

For now, though, all I'll say is that the space is incredible, and Jon Fanboy's routine was flawless.

I'm in the show, too! Not diabolo, to be fair, but I'll be there nonetheless.

Community & Events / Re: EJC 2008 - Karlsruhe, Germany
« on: April 24, 2008, 10:44:40 PM »
Mark, who are you flying with, and to which airport?

Community & Events / Re: EJC 2008 - Karlsruhe, Germany
« on: April 24, 2008, 12:46:47 AM »
I'm going, provided that I can find a cheap enough way to get there. Anyone driving down who wants to split the cost/driving?

Community & Events / Re: 13th Birmingham Circus Convention
« on: April 03, 2008, 12:07:27 AM »
It's due to get a good crowd. It's got an excellent space, and even the workshop hall is high enough for 3 high.

I'll be there.

Community & Events / Re: BJC 2008
« on: March 21, 2008, 11:08:17 PM »
I'll be seen.

General / Re: america's got talent--who's done it before?
« on: March 21, 2008, 01:15:58 AM »
Heh, Gatto got rejected :D
Really? That's the first I've heard of it.

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