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.co.uk

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.

Globe

Juma

Hula

Tumbuktu


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

Spinning Tops – Where to Start?

The last 12 months in the skill toy world have seen an explosion in popularity in Spinning Tops, particularly in Europe. As with all great skill toys, the level of competition and sense of community has encouraged players to really push their props in to new, exciting, unexpected areas. At Oddballs we’ve stocked for many years the entry-level models from Duncan including the RipCord which completely removes the learning process of throwing a top – but just recently we were excited to get our hands on the Trompos Space range. These awesome Spinning Tops are manufactured in the EU by a mixed team of Pro Spinners and Designers to ensure each one is ready for complex tricks and sequences. Much like the ‘Fixed’ or ‘Bearing‘ decisions that exist in Diabolos, the Trompos Space models come loaded with either ‘Fixed’ or ‘Roller’ tips.

Fixed Tips lend themselves to more traditional tricks that involve having the Top shoot along the string when an appropriate string wrap is performed. These are sometimes referred to as ‘String Traveller’ Tricks. Learning this technique is only possible with a Fixed Tip Top – It could be a ‘Necklace’ Trick you want to learn or even the ‘Cable Car’. For the beginner Spinner we recommend the Saturno Xtreme. It’s a robust, aerodynamic shape that has great balance and will allow the thrower to develop their trick range. It includes everything you need to get started and the string and launcher can be easily stored inside the Top when not in use.

Roller Tip Models not only allow the Top to spin for significantly longer, allowing even longer, crazier tricks sequences – they also make lasso and palm catching tricks much easier. In fact, we’ve seen the Trompos Pros perform the yo-yo trick ‘Gyro Flop’ with a Roller Tip Spinning Top. Using this type of Top does mean that ‘String Traveller’ tricks are no longer possible however, so it is a trade-off and you may want to think carefully about what style of tricks you want to learn. An Oddballs favourite in the Roller Tip department is the Jupiter – it’s over-sized but has incredible balance and an internal weight mechanism which allows players to alter the centre of gravity – useful for certain tricks or playing styles!

The learning curve with Spinning Tops is straight forward – however, Players do need to learn how to launch their tops first! Initially, this can be a little tricky – but there loads of resources on YouTube and Juggling.tv that explain the correct string wrapping technique and throw – A little perseverance and you’ll have the world of Spinning Top Tricks at your finger tips!

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.

Zak

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!

http://www.jugglingedge.com/clublistings.php

 

See you there,
Jimi