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Juggling Styx Trix and Tipz
Juggling Styx Trix and Tipz
|Many Trix for
|The Basic Move
Basic Move is often the start and the end of all
your trix. There are two different styles of the
basic move, Using two wandz at the same time and
only using one at a time. Using two wandz at a
time is easier and gives more control, using one
wand is more difficult but teaches the player
better balance. Most Professional players teach
the one wanded method, we prefer to teach the two
This way will give better control over the
baton and let you do the spin more easy.
Using one wand at a time is more difficult but
will teach better balance and be easier to do
|In either method
it is important to catch the baton as it goes
back and forth. The longer you can stall the
baton from side to side, the easier the trix are.
Slower is better.
|The Toss is an
important teacher of baton control and is easy to
do. Remember to practice both directions. Try
seeing how many spins you can make the baton do
and still catch the baton.
|Starting with both wandz under
||Starting from the two wanded
|This is the tick
tock. It is the most fundamental Juggling Styx
Trix. This trick opens the door for many others
including the J-Hook, the "X" Trix and
|Try practicing on
the ground to start and work to the air. Always
stall the baton from side to side, very important
to feel the ballance of the baton.
manipulation of the baton is the most hypnotizing
to watch and most fun to do. With a little
practice you can control the baton entirely
without the other wand at all, simply change
hands with the wand and continue playing. Also
useful if you have broken a wand and only have
one to play with.
|The Spin Move
|The Spin can be
done many different ways. This animation shows
the right wand over hand spin. There are 3 other
basic spins, right under hand and left wand over
and under hand. you will have to practice all 4
spins to move on to other trix.
Remember to always practice the spin on both
wandz in both directions. Makes it a lot easier
to move into other trix.
|Try seeing how
many spins you can do and still recover to the
|The Spin Toss
baton with one wand is the core of all advanced
trix. Aim for the side of the center mark that
you are spinning and lift the baton as it comes
around. Learning this trick on both wandz in both
directions will be invaluable for advanced trix.
|The Two Wanded Tick Tock
|Using two wandz
on the baton at the same time gives you a lot of
control and makes it easier to learn how to do it
with one wand. It is also very important for the
"X" Trix and horizontal manipulation.
Easiest if you start with both wandz a little
farther apart and catch the baton from side to
Combinations are simply anything you can combine
between one wand or two with the vertical moves.
Use your imagination, that is what makes them
animation shows the spin toss stall toss spin.
Doing them continuously would be difficult, but
being able to cascade the baton between wandz is
VERY FUN to do. It's also dazzling to watch!
Vertical Workout's include 10 count repetitions
of all the previous trix, in all directions, and
combining them together into moves that can be
done in repetition.
This is an example of a
combined repetition between the wand spins. Each
time the baton comes back to the same hand I
count 1. Or in the case of the single wand spin I
add a toss to the spin and count one for every
Every trick can be turned into
a workout if done right. Concentrate on standing
balanced and breathing as you count. Try
turning on your favorite music to help you keep the rhythm.
What ever you do in repetition,
remember to always practice in both directions
and on both hands!
|The Horizontal Spin
|The Horizontal spin
is much like the basic move only
making the baton spin like the rotor of a
helicopter. When doing Horizontal trix, you are pushing/pulling the baton
in addition to the lifting and stalling that you learned above.
It can be done with only 1 wand (The "J" Hook)
or with 2 as shown below.
The Horizontal Spin is very useful when doing combinations,
because it is easy to get in and out of!
In this animation you can see how the baton is
tossed from wand to wand.
The Right wand is catching the baton in
a stall (Mini-stall), and while it is slowing down in the stall,
the Right wand pulls towards you (like opening a door towards you)
Then as the stall speeds back up, the right wand lifts and tosses
the baton to the Left wand.
Now, the left wand does the reverse. It catches the baton in a mini-stall,
and pushes away from you (Like opening a door away from you)
|The Horizontal Toss
|The Horizontal Toss is done
by starting with the
Horizontal Spin, and when a wand should be catching the baton
and pushing/pulling (usually hitting the baton in the center of the grip area - between
the baton center mark and the ends) instead hit the center of the baton (on the
center mark) and lift harder (it will be a bit heavier). When catching the baton just
lift hard on the center again and continue, or catch it on the mid grip area with either wand and
continue to push/pull as normal.
(Horizontal on one hand)
|The J-Hook was named because when you do the J-Hook
the tip of your wand makes a motion like the letter J.
Start with the
Horizontal Spin, and when you catch the baton in the center of the grip area
(with the wand that is about to push), lift harder and carry the wand up and over the baton
(tip down) as it travels towards the other wand, but catch it with the same wand and pull on the
back side of your wand. As you pull it back, the baton rolls around your wand (and wand tip back up).
Then you are back where you started.
Something interesting about the J-Hook is that it only
really works 2 directions (unlike previous trix had 4). If you try to do the J-Hook with the wand
that is about to pull (i.e. you are doing a clockwise spin and try to start the J-Hook with
your Right wand), instead of the smooth J motion, you will have to do a crazy motion with your
arm to get over top the wand almost above your head. Guess that's another trick, however it
uncomfortable and difficult to do, but you never know, may need it for a trick we havent seen,
learned, or invented yet!