Juggling Props

When I teach, I’m happy to let you use my juggling props. But people frequently have so much fun, they wan to know where they can get their own props. I can recommend these sources of juggling props for durable, good quality equipment that aren’t too expensive:

  • Juggling balls and bags: I fill used tennis balls with 60cc of water. I like them because the added weight helps people feel the balls better, and they’re free. But most any similar sized ball or bean bag (hacky sack, etc.) will be perfect. The Klutz juggling book comes with excellent bags.
  • Higgins Brothers: Good, inexpensive props shipped quickly from Canada without any hassles.
    • Diabolos: A good beginner diabolo is about 5 inches long and 4.25 inches in diameter. The HB Tropic would be a good one – not too heavy, not too expensive.
    • I don’t remember where I bought my devil sticks, but the HB Devil Sticks would work fine. The Jolly Lama! Green Jolly Jrs are a little smaller and have a full rubber covering on the flip and grip sticks for more control
    • Spinning plates Inexpensive, indestructible, loads of fun.
    • The HB Zappa clubs are very attractive and modestly priced. The HB Moonunit clubs clubs are a bit cheaper, but appear otherwise the same.
    • These Rings are good. Don’t fling them like an Aerobie – they hurt a lot if they hit someone.
  • Dubé Juggling Equipment: My nice clubs come from Dubé.
  • Schylling Toys: I especially like their ribbon sticks.
  • Home of Poi: Their sock poi are very good and the right price (about $7.50 for a pair, or buy the Empty Sock Poi for $2.50 and add your own balls.) Learners should grab the socks at different points to find a good length.
  • Van Lodostov Family Circus: Ted Lawrence’s amazing summer circus camp in Norwich. He often opens the store after the performance. Lots of good quality stuff.
  • Spinning ropes: I use two kinds of ropes when I teach:
    • Beginner’s lasso. Get seven feet of 3/8 inch nylon rope at the hardware store. Tie an overhand knot around the rope to make the loop, and another overhand knot at the end to hold on to.
    • Ropes for wedding ring and other tricks. I got it a long time ago, but I think I used Sampson solid all-cotton braided 3/8 inch sash cord from Amazon. You’ll need about 21-23 feet for an adult-size loop.
    • All-cotton clothesline (without a poly/nylon core) works OK. It’s cheap and easy to find, but doesn’t have the same “body” as the sash cord.
  • Rubber chicken: You’re on your own 🙂

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