Juggling

boggles the mimeThe 3-3-10 : A Team Juggling Count
What is the three, three, ten, and how can I use it ?

The 3-3-10 is a useful counting mnemonic for team juggling. My definition of team juggling is two or more people juggling and exchanging objects on a specified beat. I’ve had alot of fun with it and decided to write it down so I could firm it up in my mind, and so I could easily share it with others. The written word seems to enter a different part of the brain so it helps to see it as well as hear it (In My Humble Opinion). 

Lets see… you’ve got two or more people (who can more or less juggle) and six or more juggling objects. You also should have two hands each; one is AND and the other is the NUMBER. Or verse-vicea.

NOTE: There seems to be more right handed people in the world than left handed ones so I’m counting starting with 2 in the right hand. I happen to be left handed. We all know that both hands have to be good in juggling.

First, some thoughts…

1. Both jugglers start with two bags in the right hand (possibly) and one in the left with both arms crooked up at the elbows (this is the 1st AND).
2. Say AND while dropping your arms and say ONE as you make the first throw (to yourself). Commence juggling whilst counting. The NUMBERS should be your right hand throws, the ANDS should be your left hand throws.
3. On the TOSS, I throw from my right shoulder to your left shoulder (straight across) and you throw from your right shoulder to my left shoulder (still straight across).
4. The ANDS are a "self" toss from your left hand to your right.
5. We find it handy to vocally modulate the ANDs when switching sets.

Here’s the count…

The First 3
AND One and Two and Toss…
And Two and Two and Toss…
And Three and Two and Toss…

The Second 3
AND One and Toss…
And Two and Toss…
And Three and Toss…

The Ten
AND Toss and Toss and Toss…
And Four, and Five, and Six, and Seven, and Eight, and Nine, and Ten…
Stop throwing, catch everything, say "Ta Da", and take a bow.

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