Luke Wilson – My Jedi Master

A modern juggling master passed away this week. Here is a fitting tribute to one of my old teachers…

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You may have noticed that this blog has been updated a little sparsely over the last few months, namely because over the summer most circus artists are (hopefully) manic with work and lack a little of the time and energy needed to concentrate on a blog. Unfortunately this is not the sole reason.

Luke Wilson, known online as Cubecheat (referring to his love of the Rubik’s Cube and cheating/magic) was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus at the start of the summer. Throughout the summer he underwent treatment but ultimately lost his battle with cancer and past away today.

Luke was a close friend and I have many fond memories of time spent with him but I think I’ll save them for another place and time. In this post I’d like to remember his amazing teaching.

In 2003 at the British Juggling Convention in Brighton I watched a workshop on modern club…

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Want to Learn Some Circus?

Apart from the usual questions that I get all the time about what I do and how I got into it, lots of people ask me about where and how they can try some circus skills and if I’ll teach them.

And now, the answer is yes. So for all you folks that want to learn some juggling, acrobatic and tight wire here it is:

Saturday, 28th July 2012, 10.00am – 1.00pm at Finchley Youth Theatre where I run Airborne Circus’ classes.

£45 per person

But for all you lovely blog readers… book your space using the code CB1BLOG and get 10% off.

See you there!!

Juggling Shapes

Juggling is a largely mathematical exercise. The height, trajectory or arc of a throw, and the speed at which a ball will fall, can all be described using physics. (Not by me, but I’m sure a physicist wouldn’t have any trouble doing it!) Siteswap, a juggling notation, also describes juggling patterns in a very mathematical way, with the average of the sequence equalling the number of balls juggled in the pattern.

Over the years various jugglers have taken this mathematical aspect of juggling and extended it to include geometry with, most famously perhaps, Michael Moschen’s Juggling Triangle.

Michael Moschen’s Triangle

Moschen’s Triangle, first seen in the 1970s, is one of the most elegant juggling shapes and has been emulated ever since.

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