Juggling: Jason Garfield vs. Chris Bliss.

April 22, 2006

I've said many times that I'm a fan of Dave Slusher and his Evil Genius Chronicles podcast. He is often a contrarian and his take on the juggling is that while Garfield is crazy talented, Bliss’s routine was more artistic and therefore more enjoyable. In other words, there was more to the performance than the number of balls in the air. After listening to Rym & Scott talk about it after Slusher, I had to watch the Garfield video. I note that something like 160,000 people watched it.  I had only seen the Bliss video.  I note also that one of the comments astutely pointed out that Garfield did his in multiple takes (the exit sign was off and on at various times).

As a wimpy three ball juggler, I am in awe of Garfield’s talent. Yet I don’t dismiss Bliss. To each his own. Maybe juggling will suddenly take off in popularity and this summer people will flock to concerts featuring people juggling to music. It could also become a hit TV show. This fall, we’ll all watch American Juggler on TV and we’ll get to pick who is America’s next great juggler.


One Response to “Juggling: Jason Garfield vs. Chris Bliss.”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    I agree with the statement that Chris Bliss’s video is more artistic. In fact, I made a post about it in my blog. I think Jason is an amazing juggler, especially when compared to Chris Bliss. But just being a good juggler isn’t everything when you are giving a performance.

    I hope juggling takes off. It would be pretty cool.

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