Monday, August 31, 2009

JimmyJuggler @ Kite Festival Singapore

The NTUC Income Kite Festival Singapore at West Coast Park was held over the weekend of 29-30 August 2009. Various fun activities, besides kite-making and kite-flying, were open to festival visitors for about 3 hours each afternoon.

I was at the festival to conduct juggling workshops.

We experienced extremes in weather conditions. On Saturday, it was very hot and sunny; and on Sunday, it was wet...and wetter still! In spite of the heat from the unforgiving sun on Saturday and the wetness of the field on Sunday, many adults and children gamely joined in to learn how to juggle.

Most of them had never juggled in their lives before. It was a pleasure to teach them, and most satisfying for me when they experienced success right there and then.







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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Juggling happens in INSEAD

A faculty member of INSEAD, the well-known graduate business school, recently obtained from me a set of juggling balls. I was curious and asked what she was going to use them for. The resident professor of the Singapore campus said she was going to use them to drive home a learning point to her MBA students.

Interesting! It seems to me that she's going to use juggling and the application of Gestalt Theory for that "ah-ha!" learning effect in her lectures. Now that's an MBA programme that I'd recommend!
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Monday, August 24, 2009

Weekend entertainment at the mall

The weekend destination of choice for many people is the shopping mall. For them, it's a place to shop, eat, and stay cool during hot afternoons in Singapore. Here are some photos (grabbed from video clips) of some fun that took place on stage over the weekend that just passed.

Caught in mid-flight.

"Whoah!"

. Fiery Finale
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Friday, August 21, 2009

Post-show R & R

A learning festival was held this morning at a junior college and I had been invited to perform during the event. At "Discovery Fiesta", students attended workshops facilitated by their fellow students. They could pick and choose the workshops to attend, which were run concurrently around the college.

Refreshment breaks for the students had also been built into the festival programme. During these breaks, I performed for them. I did 2 shows; the first one at 10 a.m. and the second at 11 a.m.

Each show had a duration of 30 minutes, so I had just about 30 minutes to rest in between the shows. Later today, I'll need to sit in my OSIM massage chair to relax. That will feel good!

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Shows in the garden for Hort Park visitors

GardenTech 2009 is at Hort Park. During the event, the National Parks Board is giving away free potted plants to visitors to the park. After my final show today at the garden carnival, I collected a potted plant as a souvenir.

Here's my new Japanese Rose plant! Hurray!



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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Juggling at the Singapore Flyer

It was good to juggle again at the Greek amphitheatre of the Singapore Flyer this morning. We were blessed with good weather - cloudy skies! It wasn't sunny and scorching. And it didn't rain like the last time I was there, also to juggle at a similar event. There were just a few drops of rain and that was it.

Today's 10th Anniversary Family Day event had about 1,000 people. Lots of fun and activities had been planned for them. While waiting for many of them to return from a walkathon, I took a photo while sitting next to the stage.



I was perspiring away because of the heat generated from juggling, my outfit, and the tropical humidity. Good thing I had brought with me 3 litres of isotonic sport drinks. They were all consumed.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mumm's (champagne) the word!

Tonight's event was pretty special! I had the opportunity to juggle at a black-tie event held at the beautiful National Museum of Singapore. Throughout the night, the guests enjoyed a free flow of Mumm Champagne.

The hall was really crowded with guests, many with a flute of the bubbly in hand. For a juggler, that presented a challenge: juggle and entertain amid the guests and have safety as priority. So I surveyed the hall before starting my set and identified several spots where I could do my thing.

Once I started to juggle, I got into the vibe of the event. With cool music being played, strobing lights, people having a good time, all in a beautiful venue, it was fun to juggle at this party!

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Pledge Moment - United Singaporeans

Tonight, 9th August 2009, at 8:22pm united Singaporeans celebrating their country's 44th birthday. During this defining moment, Singaporeans all over the world recited the National Pledge together. Read more about it in the CNA article.

At that particular moment, I was performing with fire at a club's private dinner party for its members. There were giant TV panels with "live" video feeds of the National Day Parade that was taking place at Marina Bay.

With the "live" telecast going on, wining and dining club members and their families stood up at 8:22pm tonight to recite the Pledge along with the 150,000 people at Marina Bay. I too stood at attention and recited the pledge, with one hand holding my fire-torches over my head like giant candles.

"We, the citizens of Singapore pledge ourselves as one united people..."

Wow!



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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

3-Box-Up Pirouette

During training sessions, I enjoy putting in sequence various juggling moves. Mixing up the moves this way keeps me on my toes!

Here's a video I took while practising a sequence of Box Juggling moves. For this sequence, I have placed the toughest move (for me, at least) at the end. Arranging to have the 3-Box-Up Pirouette at the end of the sequence helps me develop the stamina and level of focus required throughout the sequence.

Or watch the video on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djocfMaYWJc



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Saturday, August 1, 2009

The show must go on

Once a show is underway, the saying "the show must go on" is as real as it could be.

I once read of performing on the street: plan and prepare for your show; and during the show, be prepared to throw away your plan. This is certainly a very practical approach.

Years ago, I attended a Cirque du Soleil show twice. I watched Saltimbanco on 2 different nights. During a particular act in the show, a performer invited the audience to volunteer for a fun segment. On the first night I watched the show, getting volunteers was a smooth affair. However, it was a different thing altogether during my second visit to the show. A member of the audience, a lady, was persuaded by that same performer to step into the ring. Then, something unexpected happened. This lady kind of broke down and refused quite vehemently to be in the spotlight. She stormed back to her seat. So the performer had work harder to look for someone else and proceed with the act. Now that's a "live" show for you!

Tonight, I performed at a convention dinner held in a hotel. It was the kind of audience that requires persuasion skills to invite volunteers on stage. I gave them "the red-carpet treatment" and this seemed to work. During the show, while trying to getting volunteers on stage, I picked out 2 people sitting next to each other at the same dinner table.

It was a judgement call.
Choose 1 of them only and risk more resistance and delay; or choose both of them so that they both know that they can mutually support each other and can feel comfortable as a pair on stage to play a juggling game they have never played before in their lives.

So I decided to invite both of them to come up on stage together. Both of them joined me on stage fairly readily. Phew!

The show must go on.

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