Hopping mad ?

A few weeks ago I saw a busker who whenever he wanted to juggle (or do anything
at all on his standard uni) he hopped (where most would have idled). He did
quite a few different juggles, often stuff involving just one hand, while he did
almost poi-type swinging with a rubber snake with his other hand (he was
certainly a pretty peculiar performer!) He only ever idled v. briefly when he
mounted, before he started the constant hopping.

Also, relevant to the “picking up objects” thread further up this list, he
intentionally dropped his balls when he was preparing to juggle 4… then 5. His
“character” was so self-effacing and almost tragic that I thought he had
accidentally dropped the balls (before he had even attempted the next juggling
trick) but I soon realized he’d meant it when he hopped up beside each ball in
turn and bobbed down to grab it. Whew! He was a pretty lean wiry and flexible
chap (ULTRA fit from all that hopping, no doubt). I wish I could describe the
picking-up-balls movement in more detail (I should have posted this the day I
saw him, when it was fresher in my memory.)

It made me go home and practise hopping (only for about 30 seconds - whew!) but
then I reverted back to my actual goals and the skills which will be more
valuable to me in the long run.

I can’t hop without holding the seat at this stage, but I can do a few pogos
(pedals horizontal, standing up off the seat…works for me). Boy, it’s
tiring… can’t understand why someone would prefer it to idling in performance,
as this busker did… it almost WAS his “idling”.

However, I’d quite like to learn to hop gripping the seat with my legs at some
point, as a precursor to that skipping rope thing (lo-o-o-ng way off) because it
appears as so impressive to the average onlooker. But that’s low(ish) on my list
of priorities…

My current goals are idling with such control as to juggle (three ball cascade
is all) which is progressing quite well… and to isolate my upper body enough
to do some other cool dexterous things while idling… to this end ALL my
unicycle riding over the past couple of months (with only two exceptions) has
been in my kitchen :slight_smile: and it is not a very big kitchen!

Should I be using the term “hopping” or “jumping” for what I described above -
does it matter? Is there a difference (in uni parlance?)

Cheers,

Cazz.

RE: Hopping mad ?

Thanks for the story on the busker.

> Should I be using the term “hopping” or “jumping” for what I described above -
> does it matter? Is there a difference (in uni parlance?)

We mostly call it hopping. I’d say jumping is when you go a distance. When
reporting on performers, always try to remember their names, or at least where
you saw them so others may be able to identify them.

Your busker may not have given a name. Friends of mine are always reporting on
unicyclists they saw live, or on TV, or even met, but the one thing they never
seem to come away with is a name…

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

There are two rules for success in life: Rule 1: Don’t tell people
everything you know.

Re: Hopping mad ?

Sorry, no name, but the location was Sydney, Australia (Glebe Fair, to
be precise).

Cazz

> When reporting on performers, always try to remember their names, or at least
> where you saw them so others may be able to identify them.
>
> Your busker may not have given a name. Friends of mine are always
reporting
> on unicyclists they saw live, or on TV, or even met, but the one thing
they
> never seem to come away with is a name…

Re: Hopping mad ?

The performer that you saw comes from Australia. He goes by the name
Rumplestiltskin. I am not sure if he is Mad, Genius or a combination of both.

He is very different to most street performers. I remember seeing a show of his
(at an arts festival) that went for about 3 hours. When he wanted to go to bed a
lot of the audience followed him back to his tent.

Wayne.