A try to explain 4-ball Mills' Mess: ^ 4 1 ^ <3 1 V <3 3 4 1 ^ 2 V ==> 2> V ==> V 4 2 L R L> R <R 4 balls async Toss 3 over to L left, and carry 2 UNDER to Right. Toss 2 out of Left straight up. Carry 4 over left. Prepare V========================================== to toss 4 up and bring left back to catch 1. ^ 4> 1> 3 ^ 2 ^ 2 4 V 4> 1> V ^ V 3 1 R ==> 3 L> ==> 2 L R R> L toss 4 with R and toss 1 to right. Catch 2 with L(over R) ** catch 1 with L. Prepare catch 3 with R. and pull R back to prepare to catch 3 with R and carry L hand OVER to catch 4. Prepare to toss 1 to right. Right to catch 2. toss 2 back to left with L. **oops-Toss 3 with R straight up V================================================================ 3 <2 V ^ 1 3 <2 V V 4 4 1 etc..... L R R L toss 2 back to Catch 1 w/ L, carry left, pull right back 4 OVER L to left. to catch 4. Prepare to prepare to toss 4 w/ carry 4 OVER L to left. R and 1 w/ L. Prepare to catch 1 w/ LI know what you're saying now.... (ETC!!!!! What do you mean ETC!!!????) I think it is correct up to there, but I am lost myself. I put a little weave in my tosses that make it impossible for me to follow a ball's path while actually doing it. Plus I can only hold it up for about 5 tosses while trying to follow a ball's path. I started showing how I start into the pattern on the top row, from there its a mess.
Clues to learning 4 balls Mills Mess: Learn 4 balls false shower to the right and left. False shower is tossing all balls from one side of the body and catching them all on the other.
Last week Arnold Ward posted an attempt at explaining the 4-ball Mill's Mess pattern. (Thanks Arn) I worked on that a bit this weekend. Although I didn't succeed in learning the trick yet, I did have a revelation about the pattern.
Arn said that the same two balls stay with one hand throughout the pattern. That means that the pattern can be demonstrated (and practiced) one hand at a time. Breaking it down into a one-hand-two-ball pattern, here is what I came up with:
Position 1 is where the left hand usually is, and Position 2 is where the right hand usually is. For now tie one hand behind your back (it doesn't matter which) and use the remaining hand to cover both positions.
The first throw is straight up from position 1. (ball 1) The second throw is across to position 2. (ball 2) The third throw is straight up from position 2. (ball 1 again) The fourth throw is back across to position 1. (ball 2) Repeat....
|\ /--------\ /| || / \ || || / \ || |^ _2 4_ ^| |1 /| |\ 3| |^ / \ ^| || / \ || ||/ \|| Position 1 Position 2Now, perfect this with the other hand.
Now, perfect this with both hands in a sync pattern. (alternate which hand crosses over the other during throw 2-4)
Finally, for Wilson's Wonder, do this pattern async, 90 degrees out of phase.
Example: right hand does throw 4 left hand does throw 3 right hand does throw 1 left hand does throw 4 right hand does throw 2 left hand does throw 1...... (remember to alternate right-over-left, left-over-right)In order to succeed at this pattern it probably helps to be able to do 4-ball columns, and 4-ball crosses, with your hands in normal position, crossed left-over-right, and crossed right-over-left, 6 patterns total.
With 4 ball MM 2 balls remain in each hand, because of this you can start to learn it by teaching each hand separately.
The throws for the RIGHT hand are:
Practice this whole thing with both hands, then to get into the real pattern start a 4 ball reverse cascade (fountain?) and just go for it. (i.e. start crossing your hands).
If you can't do a reverse cascade then guess what you should be practicing before attempting 4 ball MM.
Things to remember when you are doing it right:
If any of this advice turns out to be wrong, or at least wildly inaccurate then I deny everything. I'm just practicing my typing and I've never seen a juggling ball before in my life. :-)
I posted some tips a while back, and I'll include them here. Don't know if they'll help you at all, and they do not come with any money-back guarantee:
I'm not sure if this is mills mess you're describing or even something like it, but here's my $0.02 worth on 4-balls mills mess.
This is the instruction I recieved when first learning:
Initially I thought Step 5 was a bit of a cop-out, but having learnt the pattern, analysed it, understood it, and got used to it, I'm sure this is the best way to learn it. I used 4 fergies with 2 black in the left hand, 2 green in the right, and the balls never swap hands during the pattern, so that may help too?!
A big help I found is to move your body to the right when throwing with the right hand UNDER the left (and same for left).
The idea is that you make room for that throw, and there is much more room in the pattern. I think it is the under throws that make it hard, especially with the bad hand.
Not that I can do this pattern you understand but I find a big help in trying is to practice the cross-handed cascade. Cross your hands and throe reverse cascade throws nice and high without uncrossing your arms. Remember to practice with right over left and left over right. Keep those throws high.