One winning master-juggler will wing their way to Mexico after a competition next week in Katikati.
“These guys are beasts – we are talking about top New Zealand and Australia jugglers,” says competition judge Jason Butler. “Juggling three balls is hard enough, but these competitors will be juggling up to five clubs.”
The International Juggling Association Oceania Competition is taking place on Thursday, January 30, in the Katikati War Memorial Hall as part of the 2020 NZ Juggling and Circus Festival. Eight professional jugglers from across Oceania will battle it out, with the winner qualifying for the 2021 Juggling World Cup in Mexico. Jason says the competition will showcase “world-class jugglers”, although none of them are from the Bay of Plenty. “We are starting to get momentum in the Tauranga juggling scene, we don’t have those kinds of jugglers yet.”
Nonetheless, he encourages people to come along and witness the magic first-hand. “If you have seen juggling on TV, you haven’t seen juggling. In-person is a whole new ball game.”…
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