Page 2 Summer 1985
get kick out of juggling for fans
50 or so professional players of The World Footbag Association open
their demonstration performances with juggling! "It's something
everyone has seen," said Bruce Guettich, WFA co-director.
performers then relate footbag to juggling from the points of view of
using both sides of the body, timing, coordination, concentration and
lifting the object in question straight up rather than tossing it
and co-director Greg Cortopassi teach juggling to the pro players at WFA
training camps. During the school year, four two-man pro teams are on
the road constantly doing school shows, and during the summer about 15
teams are busy with demonstrations. Juggling equipment is provided to
teams through the sponsorship of Jugglebug. Dave Finnigan of that
company and Barrett Felker presented a juggling demonstration at the WFA
national championships last summer that "stunned the crowd,"
according to Guettich.
4,000 member WFA was two years old in May and is headquartered in
creates Grand Slam Award for super-winners
new challenge awaits competitors at the 1985 IJA championships in
Atlanta. It is the Grand Slam Award of juggling. As is the tradition
with grand slam awards, it will be presented to anyone winning four
events - the U.S. Nationals, a numbers challenge, a joggling event and
any other event. The "any other" category includes, at this
time, the team competition, an additional numbers challenge event, an
additional joggling event or setting an IJA record with five clubs or
Championships director Holly Greeley said it is hoped that this challenge will encourage people to participate in a variety of events and display a variety of skills. Winners will receive a special award and have their name entered on a permanent trophy.
a continental association
a continental association
organizers of the 8th European Convention have founded the European
Jugglers Association. Eddy Krzeptowski, founding president, outlined
three objectives for the AEJ:
To develop and rationalize the organization of European juggling. This
will be an effort to develop a list of addresses of all European
jugglers, whether or not they are members of AEJ. The magazine
"Kaskade" is intended to be the voice of jugglers and the AEJ.
"This means of communication will make it possible to organize
other interesting communal activities, such as introductory and
advanced courses on technique and related arts," Krzeptowski said.
To develop relations between European jugglers and those on other
continents, "to maintain contact with our American friends in the
IJA and study the possibilities for exchanges between jugglers the world
To assist organizing committees of the annual European convention to
pass on experience acquired by predecessors. This will include providing
organizers with a cash fund for convention planning and setup.
People are invited to join the AEJ by sending $15 (U.S.) or 650 Belgian francs to the account of the AEJ. Or write the AEJ at Courcelles, Belgium.
includes a year's subscription to "Kaskade," a reduction of
100 Belgian francs to the 8th convention, name and address list of all
known jugglers in Europe and priority and price reduction for all
activities organized by the association.
& K-Brothers land starring roles in major film
the Eccentric and the Karamazov Brothers juggling vaudeville troupe flew
to Morocco in mid-April to begin filming "Jewel of the
Nile," a 20th Century Fox sequel to 'Romancing the Stone."
The movie, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner and produced by Douglas, is due to be released at Christmas. Filming was expected to take eight weeks, and the finished product will feature many juggling and manipulation scenes. "Juggler's World" will carry a complete preview of the film in the Fall issue, but rest assured in the meantime that the jugglers in this film are portrayed as good guys!
Footbag Association directors (l-r) Cortopassi and Geuttich juggling on the slopes