This is the final step! All of the pieces of the puzzle should be about ready to interlock. The only thing you need to do now is practice it all – including your setup and dismount from the trick.
The standard order of operations for combination tricks is balance comes first, then spinning, then the final juggle. For this example trick, that would mean:
- Start the ankle hoop.
- Start the mouthstick spin.
- Start the finger spin.
You may find an order that works better for you, but the idea behind this sequencing is that you isolate your body in space, making sure that you have a solid place to build from. If you have the balls spinning on your finger and mouthstick, you’ll have a hard time reaching to start the hoop on your ankle. If you have a solid ankle spin, though, you can start from there and build the trick without having to bend your body, lose your balance, or drop an object.
As you progress with your training, you’ll find that you focus on one aspect of the trick with your conscious mind and let your “lizard brain” do the rest of the trick. In the example video, you’ll notice that the juggler is watching the juggling balls the entire time. If you see photos of Francis Brunn executing his finale trick, you’ll notice that his eyes are usually on the juggling rings. Find what works for you by experimenting with different points of focus.
And… there you are! A combination trick master! Once you learn your first combo, you’ll lay awake at night asking yourself “Now, if only there were a way to make it harder….” But that’s half the fun! The sky’s the limit with combinations – if you train one, send me an email with a video! I always love to see what my juggling friends are working on.