Page 8 September 1983
REFLECTION OF THE GLORY cast upon the top two finishers in the
Juniors Championships, David Deeble and Ricky Coleman, shone also on
their mutual teacher, Randy Pryor of Anaheim, California.
credited Pryor with more than two years of polishing his juggling
skill. More importantly, he said, "Randy taught me performance,
and I think that's what won it for me." In his second
year of IJA competition, Deeble said he only hoped to finish in the
to the winner meant projection of overall personality, flourishes,
bows and comedic references to his short stature (less than five
feet) and the fact that he looks far younger than his 13 years. More
than a year of general preparation and three weeks of final
polishing led up to the champion's three nearly perfect minutes of
3, 4, 5 ball and 3 club work in Purchase.
juggles 6 hours a day at home, meeting with his mentor once or twice
a week. 'I'm going to be doing 5 clubs by next convention,' he said
enjoys performing, and plans to make a living at it. This active 8th
grader also plays golf and baseball.
and Coleman participate in Pryor's weekly Wait, Wait, Wait School of
Juggling in Los Alamitos, CA.
final product is for the audience,' said coach Pryor. 'It needs
bows, personality, a costume, talking and the final touches that a
coach can look for. A person David's size (under 5 feet) is
naturally liked by the audience.
Coleman, on the other hand, doesn't like to talk on stage. I kept
pushing him to say things, but it didn't work. So we changed his act
toward his own personality, gave him a costume and music and let him
do what he likes.'
in his first IJA competition, did an act consisting solely of 3 club
tricks. He opened by missing a kickup of three clubs lying on one
ankle, thereby joining several other nervous Juniors competitors who
had trouble with their beginning trick.
place finisher Pat Cox, a student at N.C. State University in
Raleigh, North Carolina, performed with 3 and 4 clubs, a devil
stick with one handstick, and five rings
David Deeble: cute, poised, eager, well-coached winner!