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  • Zippos Is Coming To Town!

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    Zippos Circus is coming to Hove Lawns during August
    with a special discount ticket offer
    exclusively for friends of Oddballs:

    Front View seats for £7.50. Any day, any show except first day preview. Usual price £20 Adult, £16 Child

    Simply show this email on paper or smartphone at
    the circus ticket office when purchasing.

    Tickets subject to availability - please come 30 minutes early.
    Dates and times at

    Zippos Circus, Hove Lawns, Kingsway BN3 2WW

    Friday August 25th until Sunday September 3rd


    For its 2017 tour, family favourite, Zippos Circus, presents Jigit! celebrating the show's sensational new equestrian and fearless acrobatic marvels.

    Zippos welcomes the thundering hooves of acrobatic 'trick' Cossack riding from Kazakhstan courtesy of the Khadikov Jigit Riders and, back by popular demand, are Zippos' 21st Century 'Jigits', the Brazilian motorbike daredevils in the Globe of Death, the legendary Lucius Team.

    Plus comic hilarity, amazing feats on the swinging trapeze, real knife throwing, and more, all presented by the world's greatest ringmaster, Norman Barrett, MBE, and his mischievous Budgerigar pals.





    Oddballs is England's oldest, dedicated Juggling Company. We are proud to support Zippos in their work in furthering the greater juggling and circus community. If you're a juggler, a circus, a school or a business, we've got the right toys to get you excited about juggling.

    View our online store here, or visit our Brighton store at

    24 Kensington Gardens, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4AL

  • Camvention

    What a day!

    Once oddballs had set up and the convention started, the large sports hall came alive with so much varied talent from tightrope walking to 7 club juggling. Gazing across the room to see so many props flying through the air and patterns was mesmerising. As always the reception we had was lovely and everyone was super friendly, collectively sharing the love of the world of circus. We had the opportunity to help teach people new tricks and be dazzled by others abilities throughout the day.

    Wow, this show was definitely one of the best I've seen. The compère Maarten willy Wils from Belgium was brilliant, his humour was on point and had many engaging jokes and never a dull moment while he was on stage. We were treated to a beautifully elegant and athletic hoop performance by Elina from Finland which incorporated very controlled handstands and gymnastic moves with technical hooping tricks to amaze.
    Ieuan evens performed his stunning ring act displaying some flowing balancing tricks and manipulations followed by a neat 7 ring flash to finish.
    We had Lili and Kenny perform an amazing acro balance and gymnastic style routine which was very well choreographed and impressed with every leap, tumble and bound.
    Ben and Fred brought a creative guitar and club juggling duet which not only demonstrated some highly skilled patterns by Frederike but also brought comedy with interaction from Ben while playing his guitar.

    The Camvention organisers not only made this convention happen but found time to work on a mesmerising ball and club passing act which was very creative and thoroughly enjoyable to watch with the whole stage alive with some very talented jugglers.
    To end this fabulous show of delightfulness we had an incredible diabolo routine which worked body popping and diabolo together to create an intense robotic creation that added isolation to make our minds play tricks. Guilluame karpowicz had us in awe and we found his skill and creations highly entertaining.

    Overall this convention had us buzzing and wanting to share and explore everything that we saw. What a great bunch of incredible individuals ever pushing their skill levels in the props we all love.


  • Juggling clubs, meetings and jams

    Juggling Clubs

    All over the world, tucked away in village halls, bustled into squash courts and, weather permitting, on greens and parks, you might just find something very special. In venues with good ceiling height for the jugglers, good width for the hoopers and sometimes an outdoor safe space for the fire spinners you may be lucky enough to stumble across a weekly juggling club. Jugglers, spinners, unicyclists, hoopers and so on and so on all come together in towns, cities and villages to learn, practice, socialise and have an whole abundance of fun with like minded people.


    So, who are juggling clubs for? Who can go?


    EVERYONE!!!! From complete beginner to professional. From juggler to cigar box specialist. People who make a living from spinning poi and people to fancy trying diabolo for the first time.


    Complete beginners can go?


    Yes, most definitely. If you fancy learning a circus skill, going to your local circus club is probably the best way to learn. There is no replacement for learning from an other person.


    So how does it work?


    It’s quite simple really. You turn up. There is normally some equipment you can use. See someone doing something you find impressive? Ask them to teach you! In the end, they got to where their high standard because someone taught them.


    But I can learn so much from youtube at home. Why should I go out of my way when I have the whole of the internet to teach me?


    Good question. I guess the only truthful way to answer is to try to explain what juggling clubs have meant to me.




    Many moons ago, (year 2002 or so), I tiptoed nervously into my first juggling club as a then young tween. From that very instant I was greeted with love and encouragement. Large plastic clubs were thrust into my small hands which swiftly clattered to the ground. Diabolos made their first tentative spins. “Throw throw-catch catch” was said again, and again, and again………….


    Before I knew it, I belonged. We were going out for chips, doing small performances around town, even making the pilgrimage to the famous London Oddballs! We were a band of miss matched men and women of all ages and ability that shared a simple joy. We believed that circus was a very good thing.


    Once, a social was thrown for this university juggling club. (my very first time seeing what a convention could be like). The late great Ben Beever came down to perform, in the most “juggler” of ways, a list like demonstration of very difficult tricks. He then took the time to teach me to pass.


    With this merry few, I traveled all over The UK and Europe. We taught and performed. There was always room for one more.


    In every juggling club, convention and get together of jugglers that I’ve been to over the years, I’ve found this same beating heart. This urgency to pass our skills on. This free and loving sence of “one of us”. I’ve walked into a squash court or on a village green and found people like me. Restless souls like I. Brothers that say “I KNOW I could get just a few more throws….”, sisters that say “I’m getting this trick really clean now! Now how can I make it harder…..”.


    Friends that will drop everything to teach you.


    Nothing can ever replace the magic of circus people coming together.


    Now go find your local club!


    See you there,

  • BJC Blog by Jimi Davson

    It’s that time of year again. The days get magically longer, BBQ’s are wheeled out wishfully in the sun (to be put back half an hour later during the thunderstorm) and The British Juggling Convention comes to town. Which town? Perth, far into Scotland, was the city of choice this year. And what an apt city. The perfect goldilocks size of Not too small and not too big. Perth was just right for our grand celebration of all thing circus. After half a day's drive and another half a day's setup of our stall, we were ready to begin trading at the BJC 2016.
    Having set up the night before to begin trade in the morning, this gave me an opportunity to take in the atmosphere of this year's 24 hour Juggling Hall. And what a great atmosphere it was. If you were to look in any direction long enough you were bound to see something utterly mind blowing. Luke Burrage training 5 club backcrosses, A triple stack of spinning balls by a nameless gent, some headache inducing club passing patterns from Jon, Brook and Becky, 7 balls being run as naturally as breathing by multiple people, Poi passing by some of the men and women at the vanguard of modern technical poi... I could go on. And I would only scratch the surface of how spectacular the the hall is. For every giant of the circus world training something truly unthinkable to us mere mortals, there was an absolute beginner working hard on their first 3 throws of a three ball cascade or 3 beat weave. And getting hints and tips from the pros along the way. This is what the BJC is all about.
    A pleasant way to end training was to sit down with some old or new friends and play a few rounds of a board game provided by the Lazy Juggler. Walk a few feet from the board game zone and you were head long into the Balloon jam area, chock-filled with Qualatex balloons of varying length and vibrant colour organised neatly for eager balloon artist to manipulate. (I passed through during the “how to make a balloon jet-pack workshop”, an essential life skill.) The volunteer run bar area nestled to the edge of the main hall offered a beer or lemonade and most certainly the best circus related view one could ever ask for.
    We open to a buzz and a flurry on day one of trading. The new Juggle Dream Superior clear acrylic ball sold like hot cakes of our stall. As did our Flairco Bottles, due to the fantastic beginner workshops in bar flair going on. (There was a sudden rush on the Play Contact Poi after the staggering contact poi routine in the gala show!). Amid the hustle and bustle of busy trade, Mr Max Oddball himself was always happy to demonstrate why the Oddballs bounce ball has its high held reputation by bouncing 7 from cold. Nice.
    BJC2016 Hall
    24 hour juggling hall in full swing? Check. Buzzing trade area? Check. Anything missing? The Shows! BJC 2016 went head on from day 1 with a stellar open stage featuring a mystifying puppet poi act and some pretty wild unicycling. With that clean and crisp open stage done, on to the mischievous ruff and tumble of the Renegade stage! As per tradition, from midnight onward, silly tricks were performed along side great feats of circus for big cheers. Whips were cracked, maltesers were rolled along tape measures into mouths, “More danger” was shouted. Good times all round. Fight Night proved to be some edge of your seat excitement, With Luke just edging Brooke to the champion spot during an absolutely electric bout. And the crown jewel of the British Juggling Convention, The Gala Show, was the perfect mix of seasoned vits and new blood as per usual. (Not forgetting the pre-show balloon silliness!) Thomas Bounce, fresh from delivering high level bounce routines on Britain's got Talent, opened the show with a bounce routine of high energy. Donald Grant, the absolute powerhouse of old school diabolo that he is, reminded us why he is still top of his game. Bill topping Matthew Tiffany performed feats of juggling and balance that are stuff of myth and legend whist giving giving this sellout theatre belly laughs and respectful nods to the late Ben Beaver and Francis Brunn.
    After the parade through town was over, the central town juggling games winners announced, the traders packed up and the hall closed, a few of us were gathered saying our “see ya next year”’s. As it became time to go home, Max quoted an old friend. “It’s not time to go home, we are home. It’s time to leave home”.
    Thank you to all those who volunteered to make this a very special BJC.
    See you all next year!


  • Bath Upchuck 2016

    A massive thanks to the the organisers (Gravity Vomit), for making a fantastic convention once again!

    Thanks to all who came by the stall to say hello! Lovely to see old and new faces!

    Felix casually juggling at the stall

    Posted by Oddballs Juggling on Thursday, 25 February 2016

    (Felix casually juggling)

    We had a lot of fun juggling with everyone, it was great to see the games (the skill level is ridiculous and seems to grow every year!)

    Posted by Oddballs Juggling on Thursday, 25 February 2016

    The show was incredible, it was great to see such a display of skill from so many different props, contact, hoops, rings, balls with ballet, clubs and diabolo! Our personal favorite was the wonderful mix of contact and cigar boxes from Ed Cliffe.

    For some pics from Upchuck click Here

    Next up,the British Juggling Convention!

    See you there!

  • Yellow Car and the European Juggling Convention 2014

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    Yellow Car and European Juggling Convention 2014 Millstreet


    EJC Was awesome. I won yellow car.

    Little intro bit

    Hi, I'm Mat, I manage our Camden branch. I was lucky enough to go to the EJC with Nathan (General Manager), Alice (honorary Oddballs member of staff) and Mr Max Oddballs (The Boss). Myself Nathan and Alice traveled in the largest van, Max in another.


    Day 1 and Yellow Car

    Up at 5am. Coffee. Selfie for twitter, then on the road (only 380 miles to Dublin). We managed to arrive in Dublin in time for a Guinness and a juggle.

    Whilst on the road I was introduced to the game 'yellow can', the basic rules are 1 point goes to the first person to spot a yellow van through the front window, but you get -1 if you call a non-yellow van (JCB yellow is as dark as it gets, RAC orange is too far). 2 extra points for Mini's and 4 for Beetle's.


    (Day 1 yellow car score: Alice - 47, Nathan - 62, Mat - 34 (my excuse is that I'm new to this game, being Northern we had Eddie Stobart spotting, it seems that southerners had yellow car))


    Day 2

    EJC fever sets in, only 275 miles to go.


    We arrive around 1pm, stretch and get a coffee. Then begins set up - many, many, hours of set up.. many. Then Beer & sleep.

    (Day 2 yellow van scores: Alice - 61, Nathan - 80, Mat - 57 I'm closing the gap after getting lucky with not only a yellow Mini, but a yellow Beetle too!)


    Day 3

    Remember the many hours of set up yesterday? Yes? Well still setting up. As well as our equipment, we're also setting up for Kosmos (super nice LED props in a lovely blackout tent) and trading for Gora (he's having a baby!).


    Trading begins in the afternoon. It's lovely, working at a convention is very different to working in the shop! It was really nice to be surrounded by old friends, though we did get a bit of stall envy, Play had a coffee machine and Henrys had a fridge!


    After trading finishes, time for a play and chatting to as many friends (old and new) as possible.


    (Day 3 yellow car scores: Alice - 61, Nathan - 80, Mat 56 - I got docked a point for trying to claim a yellow car when we weren't in the van)


    Day 4 probably

    EJC vibe has truly set in, days blur together, all I know is that we're all having a blast.


    Things that probably happened


    - Played with many new toys from Kosmos (JS2 Max Oddballs with a balloon on his head
    LED tech with remotes and magnets), Gora (awesome fire gear), Renegade Design Labs (particularly liked their track ring) and some of our new toys (new LED contact balls and hoops.)
    - Drinking much coffee from the circus cabaret tent. Thanks Bob and team, the coffee was amazing!

    - Watching Max get his head inside a giant balloon!

    - Bit of a fire spin.

    Open stage was great, fantastic, innovative acts. Playing was great, conventions never fail to inspire me with new tricks - I managed to separate 3 hoops and find a new 4 ball slam variation.

    Mat does 3 hoops

     Nathan juggling fire clubs


    Day ?

    More trading (everyday) - always fun, more playing (everyday) - also always fun, more chatting (everyday) - extra fun! Played some boardgames (thanks Lazy Juggler) - always fun.


    Other things:
    void diabolo comp
    We sponsored the Diabolo Battle which was epic. Such talent from all over the world. Something that made it even more memorable was the ridiculous storm which happened just before it began, we got soaked trying to find sand bags, dig trenches and stopping the power getting wet! Regardless it was a great show, no matter how wet we all were.


    The Legends stage was incredible, or well legendary... amazing acts from the world's greats!


    Last Day at the EJC

    Had early trading. Many people realised it was their last opportunity so it was pretty busy. Then the pack down happened, we managed to do it quickly and efficiently, this is almost unheard of (we're all jugglers after all!). Had time for a short nap and then hit the road around midnight.


    We got to Dublin, parked up ready for the ferry, another nap.


    (Yellow van scores: Alice 79, Nathan 85, Mat - 60 Alice was on fire)


    We arrived back into the UK for another epic drive filled with much needed coffee breaks, getting home for 8pm on the Sunday night. It was a long, long journey but successful!


    It also seems that Sunday is yellow car day, the scores sky-rocketed!


    The eagerly awaited final yellow van scores:

    Alice 149,

    Nathan 182,

    Mat 185 (actually 131 but I'm writing this so I think I deserve to win)

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