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2006 Press Release

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The International Jugglers' Association
Contact: Katje Sabin (816)456-9014
Bill Gilliland (816)456-9410
e-mail: festival@juggle.org
website: http://www.juggle.org/festival/2006

For Immediate Release
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It's a Toss-Up! Jugglers from across the globe to gather in Portland

You've seen the Chris Bliss Internet video. You've seen the Cirque du Soleil artists. Perhaps you've even picked up three oranges and tried it yourself. Now come meet hundreds of professional, hobbyist and sport jugglers gathering to share tips, tricks and stories during the International Jugglers' Association 59th Annual Festival.

Opening Tuesday, July 18 at the Oregon Convention Center, the festival's main gym will be filled with IJA members from all over the world practicing many forms of object manipulation. Spectators might see anything from unicycles and cigar boxes to kendama and diabolo, devilsticks and poi to staff and volcano ball, acrylic contact balls and top hats to walking globes and hula hoops.. and, of course, traditional ball, club and ring juggling.

Some solo practitioners will be trying to manage ten or more beanbags. Groups of passers will be tossing dozens of clubs between them. German, English, Japanese and French participants will be able to understand one another beautifully through their juggling patterns.

Visitors who wish to join the fun will be able to purchase new juggling props at one of the many vendor tables at the festival, and a special "Construction Zone" teaching area will be available to get new jugglers started on their career. Spectator passes are only $5 and will be available at the door.

The festival will also feature performances, competitions and shows throughout the week, with several special events that are open to the public.

The public is also invited to join the IJA and purchase a week-long events package, which would include all of the above events, plus dozens of workshops on many different skills and props, open juggling to the wee hours of the morning, and several participant-only parties and performances.

For more information on the festival, please visit www.juggle.org/festival/2006, e-mail festival@juggle.org, or telephone (816)456-9014.

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