unicycling performances

I have never been to any sort of unicycling performance and was wondering what
sort of things are typical.

My club is looking for funding, so a performance seems a very logical idea. Most
members are jugglers before they are unicyclists, so I don’t think unicycling
will play a central role, but I’d still be very curious what people have to say,
what others have done, and what might be worth trying.

thanks, jeff lutkus

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Re: [unicycling performances]

As always, what we unicyclists think of as impressive is not necessarily what
the audience finds impressive. Its not worth doing things like coasting in a
show (Even if you can) as no one appreciates the difficulty.

Many of the unicycle skills, although hard don’t make much of an impression.
Conversely some very easy stuff gets a big reaction from a crowd. Obviously when
choosing tricks much depends on your skill level. Even if you can only ride a
unicycle in a wobbly line people will appreciate you doing just that. If
everyone in your club comes from a juggling background hopefully a few of them
can juggle on unicycles, that opens up more possibilities. Funnily enough
audiences seemed to be more impressed with people juggling while riding forward
rather than idling even though idling and juggling at the same time is the
harder trick.

Some things that go over really well include: -skipping on a unicycle -jumping
over an audience member (try just jumping one leg if you aren’t to competant at
hopping -anything involving a giraffe. If possible juggle clubs (or fire) on a
giraffe as this gets a great reaction. It is easier to juggle while juggling on
a giraffe as opposed to a normal uni. -riding through a club passing pattern
(easy and impressive) This can look great with several unicyclists doing it in a
row. -passing patterns with one or more people on a a unicycle (pass on giraffes
and people can ride under you). You can do a nice 3 way feed in the vertical
plane with someone on a giraffe. -riding like you are out of control towards the
audience and swerving at the last minute. The whole looking out of control thing
works really well on a giraffe. You can play up free mounting a giraffe for a
good 10 minutes, making it look really difficult. Unfortunately things fall flat
if you stuff up for real though :slight_smile: -juggle on the ground, get on the uni
suggest juggling, play with the crowd for a while and then do it. Works
especially well with dangerous things like knives and flaming torches, or any
unusual object for that matter. -jousting on a unicycle, especially if you dress
up in cardboard armour. -purposefully drop something, try to pick it up
(Assuming you can eventually pick it up). Again this can be played up to look
really uncomfortable for the rider, show maximum grimace factor etc. -there are
some really simple group patterns too. One of the audience favourites that my
club does is hat swapping. Four kids are riding around on unicycles all with
hats on. They steal each others hats while riding around. This can get going in
a circle where everyone steals the hat from the person in front of them at the
same time. The crowd loves it. -you can ride towards each other, link arms and
spin around, ala folk dancing (either by holding the other persons hand or
linking at the elbow). -You can also ride towards each other and push off a hand
to spin around by yourself, this is fairly easy to do off a pole, not to
difficult with some one standing holding out their hand and doable off another
unicyclists hand while they execute the same spinning move. -try getting someone
on your shoulders while riding. This can involve an audience member assuming
a) you are profficient enough to not stuff up
b) you can support someone who may weigh a fair amount (pick lite volunteers
:slight_smile:

Remember that most people are not familiar with unicycling terminology. Although
we might understand wheel walk one footed backwards in a circle the average
person won’t have a clue what you are doing. Much better to stick to things that
are easily describable (“this crazy guy juggled two machetes and an apple on a
unicycle - and he ate the apple!”, “she rode backwards on a unicycle while
people were throwing things on fire around her” etc).

If you have several competant riders who can idle, ride slowly with out falling
off and turn sharply there are some neat group patterns. Even just riding
forwards and backwards in a line while holding hands looks good and you can do
many variations. If interested drop me a line and I’ll describe some of the
basic group moves. Hope that gives you a few ideas.

Peter

“Jeff Lutkus” <lutkus@hotmail.com> wrote: I have never been to any sort of
unicycling performance and was wondering what sort of things are typical.

My club is looking for funding, so a performance seems a very logical idea. Most
members are jugglers before they are unicyclists, so I don’t think unicycling
will play a central role, but I’d still be very curious what people have to say,
what others have done, and what might be worth trying.

thanks, jeff lutkus

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