Juggling Notation

Recent changes
Table of contents
Links to this page


It seems that before the early 1980s there was no clear, concise and unambiguous way to describe a Juggling Pattern. At about that time there arose in several places independently and simultaneously a method known as the Site Swap notation. This didn't try to describe every possible Juggling Pattern, but concentrated instead on a limited family. It has proven to be astonishingly successful and is now an indispensable tools for recording existing and inventing new juggling tricks.

The original notation has now been extended and enhanced in various ways, most particularly to deal with Multiplex Patterns, Synchronous Patt erns and patterns involving Arm Movement. However, the original Site Swap notation continues to be a useful foundation.

Further information

You may like to follow one of these links:

Site Swap On this page we describe the Site Swap notation,
giving techniques for inventing tricks.
MM STD A possible notation for hand movements.
Juggling Talk Colin Wright gives what appears to be a presentation on the development
and underlying principles of the Site Swap notation, but is in fact about
mathematics, modelling, and science in general. This talk continues to be
very popular, starting at about 20 or 25 talks in 1985, through to over 60
talks in 2006 and some 110 talks in 2010.
Juggle Krazy Having a notation means you can describe a juggling trick to a computer
and see it animated for you (the trick, not the computer!). Juggle Krazy
was one of the earliest juggling animation tools and is still the only
one to have real-time graphical editing of a juggling trick.

If you'd like to know more, let us know!



Links on this page

Site hosted by Colin and Rachel Wright:
  • Maths, Design, Juggling, Computing,
  • Embroidery, Proof-reading,
  • and other clever stuff.

Suggest a change ( <-- What does this mean?) / Send me email
Front Page / All pages by date / Site overview / Top of page

Universally Browser Friendly     Quotation from
Tim Berners-Lee
    Valid HTML 3.2!