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My BYJOTY 2013 Performance
« on: May 21, 2013, 09:45:39 PM »
So this is by far not the best performance, I was rather disappointed when I looked back on it. However I have to post it because I need help, I will be doing pretty much the same performance for the OJC (Oxford Juggling convention) and I have to know what I need to improve:

My Performance at BJC 2013

I am no master at integrals (if you don't know that by now then where have you been? O.o ) but I am not usually as bad as I was here, my hands were so sweaty and I was so scared, this was the first proper performance I have done and the audience was rather big. Anyway excuses aside, let me get to the point, I know I have to slow it down a bit, my tricks were not smooth but this is because of how stressed I was and I had many drops, I have much longer string since then so I will be more comfortable. Any other improvements people can think of? Be as harsh as you want, I don't mind :P We only learn from our mistakes. Any ways to make someone less stressed on stage would be awesome as well!


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Re: My BYJOTY 2013 Performance
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2013, 11:18:43 PM »
Okay, exceptional performance I must say, you pretty much messed up almost everything except the last trick, which was seriously worth it anyway.
Good job keeping your head up, a jugglers worst nightmare I have just witnessed and I couldn't believe you pulled of that last bit of beasting.
Honestly, I think you know what to work on really, seeing the results on video I'd say get your act literally together, make sure what you put on stage is 99% solid at least.

*edit* To add to that, I'm actually really curious how the act would look like dropless.


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Re: My BYJOTY 2013 Performance
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2013, 01:16:30 AM »
I don't know if this was a problem to you but I've always found that something white on my black sticks makes them easier to see. It seems like a black costume, stage, backdrop, etc would make your sticks pretty invisible, making all those integrals a bit harder.

To be less nervous on stage, the way I have done it in the past is to make sure you feel confident with what you are doing. At Smirkus my partner and I practiced our act at least an hour a day for two weeks to get it ready, and even after those two weeks we kept the skill level lower than what we knew we could do in practice. The best way overall that I've found is to just perform all the time. Of course its not always possible to perform whenever you want, but if you want to get more comfortable on stage I'd suggest jumping on every opportunity that presents itself.

I can't wait to see how this act transforms in the future!

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Re: My BYJOTY 2013 Performance
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2013, 04:29:35 PM »
1. If your not a master of integrals then dont do any in your performance, because failed integrals look awful.

2. Not a fan of the suit, it looks nice but can be very restricting and makes you sweat like a motherbitch whenever the spotlight is on. Which would explain your sweaty hands.

3. Dont do tricks that you cant land 90% of the time. you tried a 3D sprinkler under your leg, which wouldve been completely beast if you landed it. Fair enough if you can hit that every other time, but you didnt so to everyone watching it just looked like you messed up.

It is always good to remember that a simple trick performed cleanly is far better than messing up a difficult one. Good luck for your next performance!
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Re: My BYJOTY 2013 Performance
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2013, 12:19:12 AM »
Well i'm going to kinda repeat a little of what was said but here is my 2 cents:

1. Practice the routine over a few times a day for a few weeks before the performance.
2. Before going on stage always go through the routine in your head (this helps prevent nerves if you can see yourself landing all the tricks and getting to know the routine better)!
3. As long as clothing is comfortable with nothing that can get tangled in the sting is fine to wear.
4. Before a performance drink a small amount of water and make sure you don't have sweaty hands before you go one
5. Only do tricks that you can get most of the time! If i have a trick i would like to put in a routine i do it 5-10 times in a row and if i don't get every single one of those attempts sussessful i usally scrap it or give it anoth 5-10 tries.
6. Never directly look at the crowd unless you are hyping them up or getting applause etc...
7.Don't worry how many people are in the crowd as it will probably make you more nervous, a crowd is a crowd, big or small. One of my first performances were 2 5 minute shows back to back infront of around 600 people each.
8. Depending on the length of the routine try not to have more than 1-2 (or even 3) drops and always have a backup for certain tricks (not all) that may go wrong!

Well that's all i can think of right now, from my experience. The routine was great, as you got more into it there were less drops, you had a really quick recovery from the few drops there were (which is great)! Don't forget just take as much time as you need to do each trick as clean as possible (don't let music times etc.. get to you) if you drop you can skip to the next trick or try the trick again (most go for the first one).

Hope that helps!  :-D
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Re: My BYJOTY 2013 Performance
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2013, 04:08:48 AM »
6. Never directly look at the crowd unless you are hyping them up or getting applause etc...

I don't agree with this at all. Especially for this type of light-hearted theme of your act you want to be engaging. Look at the audience whenever possible. They will feel like you made a real connection with them.


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Re: My BYJOTY 2013 Performance
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2013, 01:36:58 PM »
Other than what have already been said, I really think you should reconsider either the music or the tempo and energy you are working with on stage. This music would require a much faster paced act than what you performed. The act itself was kinda slow, but the music was really quick. And you need to connect more with the audience :)
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Re: My BYJOTY 2013 Performance
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2013, 06:50:14 PM »
I had a performance last week for a crowd of 700, most of them loved it for the tricks which were easy for me but for a non-juggling crowd it was great (things like, under the leg, genocides, fans) but some of them mentioned that the act was great because i didn't have any drops but also the music and me being very relaxed :D you should listen to this (Crystallize - lindsey stirling) very relaxed awesome for performances.


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Re: My BYJOTY 2013 Performance
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2013, 10:00:49 AM »
Nice performance, the 1d part wasn't that good, you have to work on it but you already know that^^. The 2d part was good in my opinion, only a bit fast. Try to look comfortable with the tricks. Also try to show the audience you don't have problems with the tricks, like they are easy to do. You must have the tricks solid for that, and you must have almost no drops in practice. You can also show the audience that it's easy by looking to the audience, they can feel you're really performing for them and that you don't have any problems with the tricks. I know it's hard to look to the audience when it's your first performance and you're stressed. (you can see my first performance, it was 'NK jongleren 2011', I didn't look to the audience that much because I was really stressed, but it went better at 'NK jongleren 2012', I wasn't that stressed anymore and it felt like it came naturally). For the 3d part, that sprinkler under the leg would have looked awesome if you got it, practice for it to get it clean on stage for your next performance ! :)


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Re: My BYJOTY 2013 Performance
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2013, 10:17:41 AM »
For the 3d part, that sprinkler under the leg would have looked awesome if you got it

I know it kinda looks like a sprinkler but it was meant to me a sun just it hit the string, if I practised the sprinkler then maybe I could do a sprinkler under the leg and then suicide back to normal... I will think about it :P

Also I got my costume to fit in with the Blues Brothers theme, I checked other songs but this was the best one in my opinion, it is probably too late to change the song anyway since the performance is next week


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