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Author: kverens

For some great advice on learning this basic move, try Ferret's First Five Steps and Marco's Workshop.

Start by holding the ball in the "cradle" - in my case that means the back of the hand, between the index and middle fingers. Some people lower the middle finger and hold between the index and ring. The arm should be parallel with your chest.

"Throw" the ball in an arc that ends with your hand palm-up, and the arm perpendicular to the chest. The hand should follow the ball's arc so it is always in contact (otherwise it wouldn't be "contact" juggling *g*). Try it a few times without worrying about the "contact" bit. Then throw lower until the ball is always touching the hand along the arc.

Now "throw" the ball back again. Make sure not to let your fingers curl, or the ball will be be caught in the curl and it won't go over the fingertips.

If you follow those instructions correctly, you should have what looks like an arc, stopping on either endpoint, and returning through the same path.

To make the movement smoother, you can swoop the ball as it reaches it's endpoints. My usual way of doing the movement is to visualize a figure eight on it's side, and try get the ball to follow it's curves.

Author: kverens
Author: guest
Also whilst tossing the ball from the back of you hand to the palm try and chase the ball with your fingers. After a while you will make it more precise and then all you will nedd to do it smoothen it up, as smootheness is the key to CONTACT JUGGLING.
Author: ljane
Hold your arm out parralel to your body with the ball on the back of your hand (dip in your middle finger slightely if need more secureness for the ball)and move your arm in a semi-circular shape so the palm is now facing upwards. Whilst moving the arm toss the ball to start with if you like, and like the guest said above, chase the ball with your fingers. Don't worry about the smoothness to start with as this will come with time and practice.
Author: kverens
Before trying the butterfly, you should learn the Windshieldwiper - it is basically the same move, but the windshieldwiper is done in a semi-circular fashion, while the butterfly is done with a figure eight motion.
Author: ljane
aaah you see I was told not to learn windshieldwiper so my butterfly merges in with what you would call a windshieldwiper.
Author: kverens
I think there is a definite difference. The Windshieldwiper has two endpoints - places where the ball stops moving then starts moving in the opposite direction. the Butterfly, though, has no endpoints. The movement is smooth all around.