Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Juggling at 2017 F1 Singapore Grand Prix night race event

The 2017 F1 Singapore Grand Prix, the 10th edition of the only nighttime race in Formula One, had some significant moments:

This year, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes team) emerged as the winner. Congratulations to him!

F1 race events are big events, so I was thrilled to be inside the Circuit Park to provide Juggling Entertainment on the 3 nights of this year's night race event. I had previously been inside the Circuit Park to entertain 7 years ago.





I managed to catch some action on the Marina Bay Street Circuit:



I also caught some of the big entertainment acts on the main stage in the heart of the Circuit Park, such as Ariana Grande and Duran Duran:



This is what I wore (photo below). As everyone knows, you have to stay cool in tropical Singapore; so, in between my performance sets, I would mostly be in front of an air-cooler:


F1 Singapore Grand Prix | Jimmy Juggler | Juggling in Singapore



On the final night, as the race ended with the announcement of the winner, I saw fireworks!




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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Video - Shows at the Singapore Night Festival 2017

I performed at two venues during the Singapore Night Festival 2017 last weekend. This was the 10th edition of the festival, which is "one of the biggest outdoor arts and cultural events" in Singapore. These two venues were in Zone 2 of the festival grounds.

The first venue was the Main Stage on Armenian Street, where I was billed at the LED Juggler. Here's a video with "live" footage. Turn up the speaker volume, and if you're using a smartphone, rotate your phone to watch the video in the landscape view for best results.




LED Juggler | Singapore | Juggling Performer
Source: http://www.cheekiemonkie.net/2017/08/singapore-night-festival-2017-survivor-guide-performances.html


The other venue was the Singapore Philatelic Museum. Inside the museum is a foyer that the museum uses as an event space. I was billed as Jimmy The Juggler for the shows here. On the nights that I was there, I shared the stage with a magician. People of all ages, including both Singaporeans and tourists, came late at night to watch us perform our shows.


Source: http://spm.org.sg/programmes/public-programmes/singapore-night-festival-2017


I feel privileged to have been featured in the festival. Right now, even as I write, I'm still on a post-show high!

Thank you for watching!


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Juggling Show in School

Here are some photos from a recent Juggling Show that I presented at a secondary school. My show was part of a cultural programme for the students.








Saturday, June 3, 2017

Video - Juggler at The Seletar Mall

The Seletar Mall in Singapore is located in Sengkang town. The mall opened in 2014 so it can be considered fairly new. It has 6 levels of retail and food outlets.

The mall is running an event that coincides with the June school holidays now. I performed my Juggling Show at this event. The photo below shows the stage:




One member of the audience posted a video of my Juggling Show on Instagram. The video is shown below:


A post shared by Saunthara Velu (@odysseuss69) on


 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Night at the Museum and Juggling

The June school holidays are just round the corner! Many family-friendly establishments have organised activities for children during the holidays. One such event is the following overnight event held at the Singapore Philatelic Museum.

I'm thrilled to be the entertainer at this event. See the screenshot below.




Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Juggling Videos: Virtual Reality vs My Reality

Recently, I watched Virtual Reality game developer, Steve Bowler, use Juggling to demonstrate the accuracy of a VR headset and some VR tracking devices. These VR tracking devices, known as Trackers, enable real objects to be tracked in virtual environments. 

Watch his Trackers video here:


Steve's video is split into 3 screens. In the large screen, we can see Steve put on the VR headset and juggle 3 Trackers in the real world. In the smaller top-right screen, we have a view of the virtual world that Steve sees. In the smaller bottom-right screen, we have a view of the real world captured by a small camera mounted on the VR headset.


Source: https://twitter.com/gameism/status/846810493994123267


In the video, Steve wears the VR headset so he can only see the virtual Trackers that he's juggling in the virtual environment (presented by the VR headset). Steve cannot actually see the real Trackers that he's juggling in the real world. 

Steve is able to juggle the 3 virtual Trackers in the virtual environment because these Trackers can be tracked accurately by the VR system used by Steve. In other words, the VR system can accurately track the spatial positions, movements, and other parameters of the Trackers.

Of course, Steve is able to demonstrate this experiment because, to begin with, he can actually juggle in the real world. What he has cleverly shown in the video is the capability of this particular VR system - the actual Trackers are represented in the virtual environment with a high degree of accuracy.


My Reality

I was fascinated with what Steve did in his video. Steve performed a real juggle of real objects that he couldn't actually see; what he thought he saw were actually virtual reproductions of those objects set in a virtual environment. Seeing the virtual Trackers helped Steve to know where the real Trackers were and so juggle them (the real Trackers).

Then I recollected a juggling stunt that I did a few years ago in a video. I didn't use a VR headset. Instead, I placed a bucket over my head! With my sense of sight really blocked, I juggled 3 balls (for real). This is what is known as Juggling Blind. So how does one juggle without being able to see? With my vision blocked completely by the bucket, I relied on my sense of touch and spatial awareness. Here's my video:





Thank you for watching!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sony Xperia XZs - Juggling in Super Slow Motion

This video, which was taken with the new Sony Xperia XZs smartphone, shows me juggling with Rings at an outdoor show during a special event. At this event, the guests could try out the new phone before its official launch date.




One key feature of the Sony Xperia XZs is video recording in super slow motion. The video above demonstrates this feature.

It was a cloudy day. But it still felt hot. The video also shows the glistening perspiration on my head.

Here's a photo of the whole scene.




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Monday, March 20, 2017

Video - Ring Juggling

I juggle with Rings in this video that was recorded during one of my practice sessions.





The video shows this sequence: Bounce Start, Half Turns, Full Turns, Hands-free finish.

It was a nice day to juggle with Rings outdoors. It was not windy. The Rings are flat; the slightest breeze can push them unpredictably while they are up in the air.

Also watch this video of me juggling the Five-Ring Cascade.

Thank you for watching!



Friday, February 17, 2017

Lunar New Year Juggling Show

There were at least 1,000 guests seated in the event hall in which I performed in early February this year. This is a significantly large number of dining guests. Several years ago, I performed at at another large event that had more than 5,000 dining guests. It takes plenty of behind-the-scenes planning and manpower to serve such large numbers of guests.

This February's event was a Lunar New Year dinner function held in the newly renovated West Coast Community Centre. I am thankful to have been included in the entertainment programme.

Here are some photos displayed on the Friends Of West Coast CCMC Facebook page. Thank you to the organising team!


Juggler at West Coast Singapore dinner event | JimmyJuggler
JimmyJuggler performs at the sit-down dinner for more than 1,000 guests.


Children's entertainer in Singapore | Jimmy Juggler
JimmyJuggler gets the children ready for the stage game


"Are you ready, children? On we go!"


Source of photos: Facebook



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Chops with Juggling Clubs

I like to Chop! With my Juggling Clubs, that is. Also with my Juggling Balls.

"Chops" is a juggling pattern that is done with 3 objects. While juggling three objects, a single Chop is a "wild and expressive" (as described by Charlie Dancey) diagonal downward sweep of one of the objects through the air, in front of the juggler's body. Therefore, Chops are a succession of these sweeps while juggling the three objects.

Here's an image of one of my practice sessions with Chops.




Chops is a juggling pattern that requires the juggler to have or develop intermediate to advanced levels of skill.


Jimmyjuggler Chops Juggling Clubs
A screenshot of the video captures a critical moment in Chops


Chops is not a form of martial arts, although it may be presented as such for entertainment. However it may be noted that Chops (and numerous other juggling patterns) requires strength, stamina, and speed.

If you found this post interesting, please check out my JimmyJuggler YouTube videos.

Thanks for reading!



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