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 Re: Head Rolls - Temple Catches
Author: Dick Franco 
Date:   03-23-02 09:47

Another important part of tossing a ball to the temple is the cushioning you have to do to keep the ball from bouncing away.... its a little more delicate than the throw to the temple... you have to cushion more. This takes time to learn because each side will be different... the ball comes from different polint of views.... I learned with a dead ball... a tennis ball with no air... a bean bag would be a good way to catch it successfully, allowing you to cheat a little... then move to a dead ball...and finally to a regular ball. The cushioning effect comes from the bending of the neck waist and legs. If you can do these catches and the headroll from ear to ear... try tossing it from ear to ear so that the ball doesnt touch the rest of your head.

Kae asked me as well about the path that the ball follows when I do the head roll. I didnt know that for sure my self... but tonight I paid attention during my warm up and asked the stage crew to watch when I did it on stage. The ball stays on a flat vertical plane... moving up and down and left to right over top of me. I plant my feet and move underneath the ball... the ball travels left and right to the same degree my head does with feet planted and bending comfortably to the left and right. There is no forward or back movement of the ball. Sometimes my neck has to bend more to compensate if I am off for some reason...but in general I try to spread the movement out over my neck and back to avoid injury. I used to pivot under the ball more... but I'm 49 now and my neck doesn't like that any more... so I do it the way my body suffers least by putting the stress on the ball...which can be replaced. I use a 3 1/16 inch Fakini silicone ball. Fakini (Frank Radke of Toledo, Ohio) is the inventor of the silicone juggling ball.

I don't do back to front rolls in my act... or roll arounds... but I do them in practice for exercise and the stretch they provide.
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Kae Verens 03-22-02 14:19 
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Dick Franco 03-23-02 09:47 
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ian pugh 03-23-02 21:52 
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Ryan 03-23-02 23:35 
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Dick Franco 03-25-02 05:31 
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Kae Verens 03-25-02 13:56 
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calum harvie 03-27-02 15:26 

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