This article is from the Juggling FAQ, by Juggling Information Service firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Probably your best bet for learning five balls is to find a good 5
ball juggler and have her or him teach you. Also, study good five
ball jugglers when they ply their craft, notice how effortlessly
smooth the pattern is, how high the balls go, how the balls cross.
If you can't find a five ball juggler, you can practice several
tricks that will help you learn five balls. The first is the three
ball flash. Out of a three ball cascade, throw all of the balls
into the air, then catch them as them come down and resume your
cascade. It might be helpful to practice throwing one ball high,
back and forth, so that you can get used to the higher throws that
are necessary for juggling five balls. Another valuable trick is
the three ball chase, or snake. Start with three balls in either
hand, then throw them to the other hand in a one, two, three
pattern and then catch them in the opposite hand, one, two, three.
Make sure that your throws are consistent and follow each other in
nice high arcs (those of you who've been to St. Louis can
visualize the Gateway Arch). Then repeat the pattern, throwing the
balls one, two, three, back to your original hand. Once your arcs
are solid, you can keep the pattern going. Say you're starting with
your right hand, throw the balls one, two, three, to your left
hand. Your left hand will catch the first ball, then cascade it
back to your right hand, under ball two. You will, similarly,
cascade ball two under ball three, and then ball three will be
9. Is there a juggling club that meets near me?
See the form designed to answer this very question:
The JIS Club Meetings section lists all known juggling meetings