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6. Juggling: What do all those funny numbers mean?




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This article is from the Juggling FAQ, by Juggling Information Service jis@juggling.org with numerous contributions by others.

6. Juggling: What do all those funny numbers mean?

They are site swaps.

Site swaps are strings of numbers, each number refers to how high a
throw is in relation to others in the pattern. Even numbers are
thrown to the same hand, odd numbers are thrown across to the other
hand. The numbers then, tell the right hand what to do, then the
left, the the right, etc. For example:

        3       The three object cascade

The pattern repeats over and over again. So rather than writing
"...33333..." we just write "3." Similarly:

        4       The 4 object fountain pattern (alternating)
        5       The 5 object cascade pattern
        5 1     The 3 object non-synchronous shower (1 is a quick
                pass from hand to hand)

At the JIS, move to the 'Juggling Help' section and select the title
Siteswap Notation for more information on site-swaps.

http://www.juggling.org/help/siteswap/
http://www.juggling.org/help/siteswap/faq.html

In addition to the site swap notation, there are a number of
programs that will display site swap patterns for the PC, X
Workstations (Unix), Ascii Terminals (Unix), and the Mac. Refer
to the directory Software section at the JIS.

http://www.juggling.org/programs/

 

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