Inside Throw

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This largely repeats the information on the Outside Throw page, but it deserves repeating.
Most people know about and talk about an Outside Throw, but there is a subtlety worth knowing.

When juggling an ordinary three ball cascade, the throws come up more-or-less in the middle, the catches are made a little outside shoulder width, and the overall pattern is a figure of eight (on its side.)

As you do this your hands (roughly) make a circle, rising in the middle, catching on the outside. From your point of view the right hand goes clockwise, and the left hand goes anti-clockwise.

It must be said that this definition is perhaps not universally accepted, but it is widely agreed.
After a lot of argument, and trying to use different terms and ideas, jugglers (including (and perhaps especially!) me) have settled on the idea of talking about an "Inside Throw" as any exchange in which the hand moves outwards between the throw and the catch, and an "Outside Throw" as any exchange in which the hand moves inwards. Yes, I know that seems wrong-headed, but the Inside Throw has the throw on the inside and the catch on the outside.

This definition even works when the arms are crossed, or the hand is on the "wrong" side of the body. If your right hand goes clockwise then it's still an Inside Throw, even if the hand is on the left side of the body, which means that the throw is outside shoulder width and the catch is in the middle.

For examples of the Outside Throw in action, see


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