Hexagrams and the Triple Trey juggling pattern


Last Wednesday I went down to the docks in Morro Bay to juggle. Also in attendance were Kevin, Harry, Mario, Devin and Barry. We practiced a number of different patterns and arrangements including a one-handed Shooting Star (we all were holding cups in our left hands). We also did the version with two clubs going around. I got some decent practice with 3-count feed. Barry and I briefly practiced Mild Madness, switching after eight passes at first and then after four passes. For some reason (probably some deficiency on my end) switching after four passes seemed to go smoother. Of course if you switch after two passes one juggler is stuck with all the hands-across (zips). We ended the night with a typewriter 3-count with Barry in the Buddha position (RMLM). By that time Mario and Harry had left or else we could have had two Buddha positions.

When I was getting ready for Wednesday juggling a few weeks ago I devised a new pattern for six jugglers arranged in a hexagram (which we didn't end up practicing). I call it Triple Trey since it was inspired by the pattern Double Nickel. I explained Double Nickel in this video:

In a square arrangement the crossing pairs are at the diagonals resulting in a binary system of collisions. In a hexagram arrangement there are three sets of crossing pairs (those directly opposite each other). This results in a ternary system. A simple pattern that utilizes just the crossing pairs would be 3-count where each pair is shifted one. One pair would be Pass-Self-Self, another pair would be Self-Pass-Self (or 3-count, second beat left) and the final pair would be Self-Self-Pass (or 3-count, third beat right). For Triple Trey the base pattern is three sets of three throws: Pass-Pass-Self Self-Self-Pass Self-Self-Self. The second pair of jugglers would shift this three beats and the final pair of jugglers would shift this six beats. A variation of this is Omega-1 Triple Trey which turns the first throw in each group of three into an omega pass (to the right or left depending on which hand the club is in). The base pattern becomes Omega-Pass-Self Omega-Self-Pass Omega-Self-Self. I'll work out a video simulation of this eventually.