June 26th – The Juggler

The Juggler

The street performer and Pitt St Mall at lunch go hand in hand. The problem is that without something to lure the fans, fire or blaring music seems to work the best, you may as well be in rehearsal mode.

The trickfest is also known as Freestyle Football, and was largely brought to mainstream light by Nike’s “Joga Bonito” (Play Beautiful) advertising campaign early this century. Joga Bonita featured a number of the games biggest stars, including Ronaldinho and Cristiano Ronaldo, each showing their sublime juggling skills.

Soon after Nike launched a competition where freestylers could send in a video of their moves, and by 2006 competitions started emerging around the globe.

The most prominent is the Red Bull Streetstyle World Final.

As for the moves – there are hundreds. Though quickly reading through the list reminds me of the Hacky Sack (or foot bag) discipline from the 1980’s classic computer game,  California Games.

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