Aerial Mirage Jugglers

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Our passing patterns

These patterns are not all created by us. Some are those we find fun, others just interesting or instructive.

How to organize? Obvious methods:

  1. Number of jugglers
  2. Number of clubs
  3. shape of pattern (feed, y, triangle or other polygon, box, ...)
  4. symmetry (passes, passers) of pattern, i.e. one hand do more 'work' ? or one passer?
  5. Complexities (diagonal passes, doubles, hurries of various flavors, handacrosses/shuffles)

What sort of patterns are you looking for?

It would be nice to have some way to search. ("Give me all 4-person patterns where at least one passer does a simple 3-count")

Could we create a pattern-generation application??

How about a discussion of difficulty rating for a pattern? Length of pattern, complexities included, speed, number of selfs / count, etc.

Patterns for 2 passers and 5 clubs

5-club version A
This is a good beginning pattern for left-right passing. No self throws are involved. Every juggler should eventually learn to throw and catch diagonal passes. This can be taught to non-jugglers ! Giving good throws is important!

Patterns for 2 passers and 6 clubs

2-count (Solids, Showering, Everys)
One hand always passes tramlines, the other hand makes self throws... usually done with right-hand passes.

In the family of Chuck's 4-3-2, but a different rhythm.

3-count (waltz)
Each person throws tramlines in a 3-count. Equal time for the left hand!

4 beats of 4-count followed by 3 beats of 3-count ...

See 4-3-2-1.

4-count (every others)
This is what everybody does. Note that it can also be done in a left-hand version.

Archibald 5-count
Both passers are doing PPSPS, but diagonals and straights are mixed in. Since this is a Dave Davis pattern, the two sides do different things, and one side is harder/busier than the other.

Archibald-jezzebel Fast-Slow
This is what happened when the Archibald (fast) is combined with the Jezzebel (slow). Really it is different from the Archibald and Jezzebel, but it is what it feels like to me.

Chuck's 4-3-2 (4-3-2)
Each passer does one round of a 4-count, one round of a 3-count, one round of a 2-count. This is an extension of Parker 4-3.

Compact Hammy
This is the Hammy with the ending self throws removed.

Compact Jezebel Fast-Slow (Compact Jezebel)
See the Jezebel for a description -- this version has the trailing selves removed.

Doubled 3-count (1-2 count)
Each passer does the underlying 'feeder' rhythm of the 3-count feed, without the target confusion.

Doubled 4-2-3
2-person pattern. Each passer does the 'feeder' role of the 4-2-3 feed, but just the rhythm, not the feeding.

Doubled 4-3-2
2-person version of the 4-3-2 feed. Each passer plays the 'feeder' role.

Hammy 5-count (Hammy)
This is an unbalanced 5-count pattern. It is unbalanced, because there is an easy side and a hard side. The hard side has 2 hurries in 5 counts, the easy side has none. Created by Dave Davis.

Handacross Drill 1
Both passers get to work on handacross in a rather slow pattern

Handacross Drill 2
Both passers get to work on handacross in a rather slow pattern

Handacross Drill 3
One passer gets to work on handacross in a very slow pattern. This is a fast-slow pattern! The person doing the slow side has the handacrosses.

Jezebel Fast-Slow (Jezebel)
This is a Fast-Slow 5/6-count pattern (or is it 5/7?). It is also more unbalanced than your ordinary Fast-Slow, because the the fast side also has hurries and a hand-across, while the slow side does not. Because it takes a lot of effort to give good passes from the slow side, there may not actually be an easy side. This pattern was created by Dave Davis.

Jim's 1-count
A one-count variation on Jim's 3-count. No selfs (one-count for both passers), and one passer throws straights while the other throws diagonals

Jim's 2-count
A 2-count variation of the 3-count pattern.

Jim's 3-count
This is a hurried version of the 3-count

Jim's 4-count
The 4-count version of the famous pattern.

Jim's Bookends
This is a 5-count Jim's, not the usual 3-count. However, one person passes diagonals, and the other person passes straights, and there are no handacross/zip passes...

Mild Madness
The two-person version of Martin's Madness and Martin's Mildness. Each person does the feeder role of one of those patterns (so, one throws straight, and the other throws diagonal). it is somewhat useful for learning the feed patterns, in that at least the hand sequence and rhythm gets learned. Passing targets and incoming club angles, however, are quite different in the feeds.

Not Rhonda's Revenge (Compact Mild Madness)
This is Mild Madness with the selves removed.

Simul 1-count passes (tramlines)

Parker 4-3
Each passer does one round of a 4-count followed by one round of a 3-count. Being an odd-count pattern, it will 'flip over' to the other side.

Psychosis for Two (2-Person Psychosis)
This is a 2-person version of Martin's Psychosis (see below), but only one person is doing anything related to the pattern. The other just makes it work.

Psychosis for Two Redux
A second version of Martin's Psychosis for only two jugglers. In this version, the 'second' juggler has 4 zip passes in 18 beats, and hiccups, instead of just a couple of hiccups, as in the other two-person version. In this version, however, the second juggler only makes straight passes, and (ignoring the zips) has a very Psychosis-like set of (straight) throws.

Reading Romp
This is a hurried 4-count pattern that is much tougher than it sounds. The first two throws are right-handed, then, after four beats, the pattern reverses on the left side.

Rushed Hammy
A fast slow / slow fast (rushed but "no hurries") version of hammy

sort of like simul pairs, but out of sync! Also includes a diagonal passes.

Turlock Fast-Slow (Turlock)
Each side does (St Di Se). Hee!

Ultimates (1-count, 6-club 1-count)
Every hand passes tramlines -- the effect is two cascades, one on each side. These are 'asynch' - a juggler's left and right hands are not passing at the same time, as in Pairs.

Why Not (86277)
This is a 'generated' passing pattern based on two-hand siteswap -> 4-hand rules.

Patterns for 2 passers and 7 clubs

7-club 1-count
Just like the 3-count version, except there are no selves! Can be done with doubles or singles.

7-club 2-count
Passers throw doubles (or singles!) in a 2-count... can be done with right- or left-handed passes.

7-club 3-count
Each person throws doubles (or singles!) in a three-count.

7-club 4-count
The passers throw triples to each other in a staggered 4-count. This rhythm can allow for visual feedback of the pass, if the jugglers stand sufficiently far apart. It is therefore helpful in learning to pass good triples.

French 3-count
This is a popcorn-like pattern.

Patterns for 2 passers and 8 clubs

8 clubs (8-club 2-count, 8)
2-count passing with eight clubs. Usually thrown as doubles, this is still a pretty challenging pattern.

Patterns for 3 passers and 9 clubs

3-4-2 Feed
The feed version of 4-2-3. The Feeder gets four passes in a row before there is a reprieve.

3-count feed
Feedees do 3-count, feeder keeps them happy.

4-count Feed (Feed)
Feeding two people who are doing 4-count. You know, the usual 3-person pattern.

Chuck's 4-3-2 Feed (4-3-2 Feed)
This is the feed for the 4-3-2

Communicable Madness
A version of Martin's Madness where the feeder switches from person to person.

Martin's Madness
A feed pattern where the feedees each do the 'straight' side of Jim's 3-count, while the feeder does the diagonal side.

Martin's Mildness
The 'opposite' of Martin's Madness - the feeder throws the straights, and the feedees throw the diagonals.

Martin's Psychosis
This is a version of Martin's Madness where the feeder has no handacross/zip throws. The feeder does this by anticipating the future need for the handacross and throwing from that hand, instead.

Outside triangles
3 jugglers, each passing 'outside' (along the edge of) the triangle on each pass. This can be done in 4-count, 3-count, 2-count, 1-count... causal diagram shows 3-count version.

Parker 4-3 Feed
Each feedee does Parker 4-3, feeder does one round of 4-count feed, one round of 3-count feed. Note that the second feedee gets the second pass (3rd beat) of the 4-count, and the second pass (2nd beat) of the 3-count!

Rotating 3-count feed
3 passers in a triangle take turns feeding the others in a 3-count feed pattern.

Rotating Parker 4-3 Feed (42-count)
The Rotating feed version of the Parker 4-3.

Patterns for 3 passers and 10 clubs

10-club inside triangles
An 'extra' club gets passed around a triangle in a 4-count. 'Inside' means, when passing right-handed, the pass goes to the person on your left, across the inside of the triangle.

10-club outside triangles
An 'extra' club gets passed around a triangle in a 4-count. 'Outside' means, when passing right-handed, the pass goes to the person on your right, along the edge of the triangle.

Patterns for 3 passers and 11 clubs

11 club inside triangles
This is done in a 2-count. It can also be done with outside throws.

Patterns for 4 passers and 12 clubs

135 sweep
This is a sweep feed for all four passers, with a 'repeat' at the end before the direction reverses.

3-count Accommodation (Three-count Accommodation)
This is a way to 'accommodate' jugglers who cannot do PPS-type patterns with those who do. It is for four passers. There are four roles, and all feed two people. One person does a 3-count, another does a 1-2-count, and the others do 2-counts (one left-handed, the other right-handed), but they favor one feedee (the 1-2-count feedee) over the other. Only a pair of jugglers is passing at any one beat, and there is a pair of passes on every beat.

3-count Typewriter Feed
Each feedee does a normal 3-count with the feeder, who is doing a 1-count.

Havana (Turn left at Havana)
This is almost a weave with a rotating feeder. Because the motion is the greatest part of this pattern, it defies my current abilities to describe with JoePass! Best find somebody who knows it...

Patterns for 5 passers and 15 clubs

3-count star
This is a 3-count version of the star. The same 5 clubs just get passed back and forth...

Speed Star
Like the Veteran's Star, but done in a 1-count

This can be a 4-count or 2-count pattern. The easiest version is to pass (4-count) right-handed, to the second person away on your right.

Veteran's Star
5 people equally distant around a circle, each passing 3-count in sweep feed.

Patterns for 5 passers and 16 clubs

Irvine Pinwheel
Two jugglers (feeders) are doing 7 clubs (both passing triples in a 4 count). Three jugglers are walking in a tight circle in the middle. Each of these is doing a 6-count and passing to each of the two "feeders" on their non-triple, so the feeders are doing a two count.

Don't forget to check the external sites - there are good passing pages there.