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afternoon competitions were held outside a city theater on a portable
stage. There were no awards, and hundreds of locals gathered as the
zaniness unfolded. The games included balancing an egg on a bottle cap
atop a broom stick, sprint joggling, juggling on a water bottle,
French bread and cheese juggling, five ball juggling and demolition
clowned their way through the competitions. For instance, one oddobject
juggler pocketed the cheese after his
first try and complained to the officials that someone had stolen it.
One of the egg balancers deliberately knocked his egg into the
audience, but only after first switching the real one for a plastic
look-alike. A veteran five ball juggler found himself striving for a
win against a rookie juggler of 15 months. The older told the younger
that his mother was calling and secured the win.
Public Show spotlighted talent from eight countries. Judging by the
hefty applause and resounding laughter, it was a delight to the 1,000
who attended. There were no problems with light or sound, no acts
duplicated others, and the show flowed like it had been rehearsed for
hat was passed at the show's end to buy drinks and snacks for a Sunday
afternoon surprise. A few impromptu workshops were created on the
final day. As the evening approached, jugglers took one last shower in
the downstairs facilities and went their separate ways. Many spent the
night in Laval to eat and drink a final communal meal in the same
the jugglers seemed to have the same feeling. It was a fantastic
weekend of open juggling and easy-going activities. Goodbye Laval,
development, more than technical juggling tricks, was highlighted at
the Public Show of this year's European Juggling Convention.
of ceremonies Alberto kicked off the entertainment by people juggling,
as he directed three volunteers to weave across the stage. Here are
bits of spice from each of the acts which appeared:
Thomas, a French juggler with a snappily choreographed cabaret style,
stung the crowd with his precision, repetition ball juggling. He
performed elbow catches, danced, and showered four balls while he
balanced another on his head.
aux Etoiles, a three-person French
troupe, juggled the psychological symbols of a ball, ring and club.
They delighted the crowd with a line juggle of nine large white rings.
Tim Bat, proper, comical English performer, devil sticked his umbrella and walked the dog with his yo-yo. Tim exited with his umbrella handle caught on his ankle.
Abrahams, a Dutch technician, jumped rope on his unicycle and did a
sitting-chair balance on a bottle resting on a table.
Adams showed United States club swinging with fine symmetrical motion.
Her ribbon swinging glided and snapped across the stage to music.
a California performer, taught the crowd to say "wow" as he
did his cigar box routine. His torch swinging with a blackout brought
a lot more wows.
Eargy, an Israeli mime, spotted the audience after cleaning a window.
Joe lifted weights, climbed a ladder and nearly fell off the high
Institut Francais de Jonglage, the convention organizers, appeared a few times performing a fast two-person slapstick passing routine, sword swallowing, rotating post and "Y" passing patterns.
"A wedding was just ending as the parade started to peak. The troubadours found the wedding party at the top of the city hall steps and moved in a for a show the newlyweds will never forget!"