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Astrojax Trick Tutorial: Rebound

Astrojax Trick Tutorial: Rebound

Rebounds are vital to transitioning directions with Astrojax. In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to do the most basic rebound and leave other rebounds to your imagination.

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John Ferrell

03
Aug 2014
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Astrojax Trick Tutorial: Switch

Astrojax Trick Tutorial: Switch

The Switch is the most basic trick of the Juggling genre of Astrojax tricks. The ability to let go of your set of astrojax and then catch them is vital to learning any and all advanced juggling tricks. I will show you how to do one and two consecutive switches. By practicing this, you can learn how to do multiple consecutive switches.

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John Ferrell

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Astrojax Trick Tutorial: Kolibri

Astrojax Trick Tutorial: Kolibri

The Kolibri trick utilizes wraps with the end ball and the center ball. The result is an astrounding trick that is perfect for beginners to learn and show off to their friends. There are multiple ways to perform this trick, but I will be showing you the most basic form of it.

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John Ferrell

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Astrojax Trick Tutorial: Lolly

Astrojax Trick Tutorial: Lolly

The Lolly is a great way to switch directions mid-routine as well as an important start to a great number of tricks.

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John Ferrell

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Astrojax Trick Tutorial: Fabulous

Astrojax Trick Tutorial: Fabulous

The Fabulous trick is a great trick to impress friends. It is imperative that you learn the “Wheelie” trick before attempting this. The Fabulous is a little tricky to learn, but Theferrell will show you exactly what he did to master it.

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John Ferrell

11
May 2014
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Astrojax Trick Tutorial: Venus

Astrojax Trick Tutorial: Venus

Once you understand Vertical Orbits, it is time to learn a trick. The Venus is a great trick to learn first because it is an extension of the vertical orbit. This trick is a great setup trick for many of the advanced tricks.

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John Ferrell

09
May 2014
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Astrojax Combo Theory

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There are lots of theories about how to take tricks that you have learned and incorporate them into routines, or “combos”.  I want to explain my thought process on this, and I hope you will see that combining tricks turns a few cool moves into a really amazing Astrojax performance! It’s very important to understand that you are trying to compose a symphony of moves, not one-note sambas.  I find it interesting how people ask me, “What’s your favorite trick?” or “What’s the hardest move you can do?”.  I tend to frown on those questions because I believe that learning individual tricks is great, but combining them is like hearing multiple instruments in an orchestra. You want to be able to blend tricks in many intricate ways so you can bring variety to what you do.

Now, that being said, I’ll share how I tend to create combos.  You have to first know the trick you are learning inside and out.  Think about the trick you are learning and keep the following three things in mind: 

    • What do you do with the Jax to get into the trick?
    • How are the Jax moving while inside the trick?
    • How are the Jax positioned when you exit the trick? 

 

Now I can use these three simple steps below to analyze any trick, but the easiest for me to write about is the Venus

1.  What do you do with the Jax to get into the trick?
As you can see, you do a Vertical Orbit to start this move.  But look closer.  You can do a Vertical Orbit in two different directions to start a Venus.  You can have the end ball go over the left OR right side of your arm.  This now gives you two different ways to do this trick (and then more options to link it into other moves).  

2.  How are the Jax moving while inside the trick?
I understand this step sounds a little weird… I’m not really an English major….but hear me out.  Every trick has the Jax moving in a certain motion while “inside” the trick.  In the case of the Venus, the center ball is going over your outstretched arm while “inside” the trick.  Now what can you do with this?  You have three options that are really easy to see.  First, you can let the trick go as normal and simply let the center ball go over your arm.  Second, you can wait for the center ball to come over and grab it with your other hand.  From here, you have limitless possibilities like Lollies, Wheelies, or even Thrillers.   The last option I’ll discuss here is to let the Venus go a smidge more than usual and grab the end ball when it comes back around your arm.  With this, you can go straight into Pong tricks as well as many other moves.

There are many more ways you can “hit the abort button” on the Venus Trick and I challenge you to find more ways to do this.

3.  How are the Jax positioned when you exit the trick?
This means that when finishing a trick, the Jax are configured a certain way which allows one to link it into other moves without having to go back to Basic Orbits.  Tricks are truly mastered when you can execute a certain trick and then move straight into other tricks.  If you watch the best yoyoers, they are able to combine quite literally 10 to 15 different moves seamlessly from the time they throw the yoyo until it comes back to their hand.  You want to do this with Astrojax as well.

So what can you do with the Venus???  Well, I’ve already covered some of the most basic ways to abort the trick mid-flight, but when you do a complete Venus, you are back into a Basic Vertical Orbit.  However, you can choose to keep the rotation going to do what is called a “Infinite Venus” by using your outstretched arm to keep the Venus in motion. I’ve kept a Venus going for as long as a minute and it’s a really cool move visually with Blue Diamonds.  You can use Vertical Orbits as a bounce into another move, but the rule of thumb is to only use one Vertical Orbit.  Basically, the end ball goes down once in “one” Vertical Orbit.

On my profile, I’ve been toying with the idea of making “Combo Theory” videos, basically deconstructing some of my favorite combos that I do so you can see what tricks are used and how to perform basic combos.  I’ve made one video so far in this series and plan to do more in the future:

Well, that’s the basics of my Astrojax Combo Theory.  As I have mentioned before, the idea can be used with any skill toy.  While a part of my university’s juggling club, I was able to get my hands on many new toys and by using these steps, I’ve become proficient with lots of different skill toys.

And as usual, I’m always around the AP-Club forums and on Facebook and ready and willing to answer questions about Astrojax and other skill toys!

This is Theferrell, signing off.

 

17
May 2013
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Astrojax Trick Check Challenge Contest!

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Last month’s Consecutive Switch Video Challenge was fun for all and we’d like to thank our winners and everyone that entered. We promised to ramp things up a notch with our next contest, and we’re backing up our word! Behold, the Trick Check Contest! This time everyone wins, but it really pays to be in the top three…  In addition to store credit, the top three winners will receive something truly rare and special, a full set of Trick Check balls!

THE LOOT:

  • 1st Place: Trick Check Astrojax + $50 Store Credit + T-Shirt
  • 2nd Place: Trick Check Astrojax + $25 Store Credit
  • 3rd Place: Trick Check Astrojax + $15 Store Credit
  • All other entries receive $5 Store Credit!

 

CONTEST RULES:

  • Shoot a video performing 3 of your sickest tricks. Tell us the name of each trick!
  • Upload your video to YouTube.
  • Fill in the submission form on contest page. Include a link to your YouTube video. Tell us your name, city, and state.
  • Contest open to international community!
  • Most recent grand prize winners (1st place, last contest) are welcome to participate, but are ineligible to win 1st place.  However, 2nd place, 3rd place, and runner-up positions are fair game!
  • Questions?  See below for additional questions and answers!

 
If you didn’t win last month or missed the deadline, now’s your chance to taste some Astrojax glory. But don’t delay, the contest wraps up at midnight May 31st! 

Q & A:
Question:  If known tricks are linked together or modified, does that count as a single trick I made up?
Answer:  For this contest, you don’t have to do your own original tricks. They can be your own, or existing tricks. To answer your question specifically, if you think you have created a new trick that is basically existing tricks strung together or modified, try to pay homage or respect to the original trick(s) when you give it a name. For example, “Fabulous Elite” (we just made that up!).  For the purposes of this contest, a combo can be counted as a single trick if you like (you would then need to perform 2 additional tricks). Or if a combo clearly contains three tricks it can also be counted as the three required tricks. You can also feel free to perform more than three tricks in your video!

Question:  So the contest isn’t limited to 3 tricks? Is there a maximum number of tricks you can do? For example, can I submit a video containing every cool trick I know?
Answer:  Feel free to showcase some of your coolest moves, even more than 3 if you like. We’ll be watching for some cool tricks of course, but we are also taking “production value” into account. Just keep in mind this is an ongoing contest series… So save some awesomeness for future contest entries!

 

The fine print:  By entering this skill toy contest, you give US Astrojax the right to print your first name and last initial, age (if relevant), city and state, and post your video submission.

08
May 2013
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