For a bit of a giggle I tried to learn to juggle, which is a lot harder than it looked! I thought it would be quite a good skill to have and imagined walking into a friend's house, picking fruit out of the bowl and tossing them around without dropping them. In actual fact, I am rubbish at it despite watching numerous you tube videos and practicing! I have now given it up as a bad job! After bruising one too many apples and oranges I bought a set of juggling balls from Toys R us.
*Price and availability*
I paid 3 pounds for the Mookie juggling balls from Toys r us.
The balls are jazzy colours; silver, purple and blue. You get three is a set as three is the minimum number you can juggle with. The balls are filled with small beans that prevent them from bouncing. The outer layer is made from a soft material that is not slippy so they do not fall easily from your hand and are easy to hold on to.
*My overall opinion*
The balls are light and fairy small so you can comfortably get two in the palm of your hand. It is good that the balls do not bounce as a beginner such as I would be chasing them all over! The balls are light making it easy to practice with. I like the quality of the balls. They feel good quality and do the job; the only disadvantage is that I cannot use them! I am pretty useless at juggling and find it tough. I end up running around the room trying to catch them and do not manage to juggle for more than a couple of minutes! This is no reflection on the balls though; they are great for practicing so they are well recommended.
Some say there is no end to my talents - others say rather unkindly that there is no beginning!
In this case, frustrated at having little in the way of natural talent, I bought these juggling balls for myself from a shop in the town. In fact, it was the same shop from which I had bought my harmonica and one or two other things that I have tried and failed to perfect.
When I was younger I always used to think that I had fairly decent hand-eye coordination - I played a lot of sports to a reasonable standard so I thought that being a successful juggler was all about practice and natural ability. As with all things new, I started off with huge gusto and enthusiasm - without taking the time out to learn how to juggle properly. It was frustrating to drop them as frequently as I did and I became a little disenchanted.
However, having watched a video clip with some useful tips, I managed to unlearn the incorrect way I was doing it and can now report that I can juggle with three balls pretty well! I learned to do so with these Mookie soft juggling balls. Compared to the nice shiny bright squishy balls I bought less than a year ago, they are now rather duller with lots of the shiny surface having worn away and with some stitching coming away on one of them. They retain the same squishiness and still function perfectly adequately as juggling balls.
However, since the next obvious move when you can juggle three is to move on to four, these don't now get a lot of use. I did try to supplement the 3 juggling balls with a stress ball, but it didn't work because it was the wrong size and lighter than the others and I wasn't able to cope with that lighter smaller ball being tossed higher than the others. So with 4 balls it's all gone to cock and it seems I have peaked.
I would say that for a learner as I was this is an OK set of balls to use. You can't do much damage with them in your home if you drop them and because they are soft they don't bounce out of your hand on those frequent times when you don't get your catch and toss quite right.
With the benefit of hindsight, I would probably spend a bit more and buy from a specialist outlet where you can buy larger sets of balls and move from 3 to 4 and if you get really good at it, to 5 ball. However, it was a bit of an impulse purchase and I am a lot better at juggling than I was before I bought it, so it has been good value for £2.99 as I remember.
Keep them away from the dog, if you have one. They aren't that well made. (Why would you want your dog to be able to juggle anyway?)