Originally Posted by Purp
I'm waiting to see what Fromper has to say in here.
Heh. My reputation preceeds me.
These days, I rarely juggle any more. I used to juggle a lot years ago, and even performed as a juggler at some Ren Faires (as pictured in my avatar).
I can juggle 5 balls well (30+ seconds at a time, and one trick where I switch the pattern while juggling them), and I can kinda sorta do 6 or 7 on a good day (4-8 catches average, with good runs of 15-20 catches occasionally). Needless to say, I can also do a ton of 3 and 4 ball tricks, besides just keeping them going. ie switching the patterns, under the leg, bouncing a ball of the knee, behind the back, multi-plexing (tossing two at the same time from the same hand), etc.
I can also juggle other things - 3 clubs as seen in my avatar picture, and maybe 4 on a good day. With rings, I can do 5 of them, but not as well as with balls. Rings seem theoretically easier than balls to juggle, because they're thin enough to slide by each other, cutting down on collisions. I've just spent MUCH more time working on balls, so I'm nowhere near as good at other stuff. I can also bounce juggle 5 highly bouncy balls pretty well, but not as well as in the air. That's another thing that's theoretically easier than doing 5 balls in the air, but I just haven't worked on it as much.
Tangle, when juggling odd numbers of objects, it's always a crossing pattern. When juggling even, the easiest pattern is to not cross them. So 6 balls is pretty much just 3 in one hand with both hands at the same time. But ironically, that's not how I learned 4. Without anyone to explain that to me, I invented my own crossing 4 ball pattern, which I later learned is known as 552 in site swaps.
Veganmaster, I originally learned with tennis balls, too. Then I was introduced to real juggling equipment, and realized just how tough tennis balls are compared to real juggling balls (weighted bean bags). Tennis balls are so light that they sometimes bounce out of your hand when trying to catch them. They also bounce off each other when they collide midair, which makes recovering after a collision impossible. I highly recommend getting some balls from a serious juggling supply maker if you're juggling regularly.