Today I am in Boston and things happened such that I wasn’t able to get my run in until 10:30 pm. That was cutting it pretty close but I made it. My workout was awful as I moved pretty slow, but after a day of traveling, sightseeing, and hobnobbing at a scientific dinner meeting, it wasn’t surprising.
As I joggled outside along the dark Massachusetts sidewalks, I thought about why I didn’t have too many drops even thought there wasn’t much light. It turns out over the years I’ve learned a little something about juggling at night. Here are ways that I keep from dropping.
How to prevent drops while juggling at night
1. Use the shadows. While it’s possible to juggle in complete darkness, you almost never have too. Rather there is some light in the sky that you can use as a contrast to your juggling balls. If you’re having trouble with your regular pattern, throw the balls up slightly higher and use the contrast with the sky to keep track.
2. Use lighter balls. It’s always helpful to have bean bags which contain some light color. The light color reflects dim light better and will aid you in picking up the pattern.
3. Don’t look at the bean bags. You should get to the point where you don’t have to look at the bean bags while you’re joggling. And when you’re joggling at night, be sure to look through them. Sometimes you can be fooled by the light and it will make you miss. Just don’t look directly at the bean bags and you should be ok.
4. Use glow in the dark balls. If your normal bean bags aren’t cutting it. Try some glow in the dark joggling bags. Like this set that Joe Salter has done.