Dice Stacking

As long as we're considering juggling as play, we might as well take a moment or two to get acquainted with Todd Strong, an actual friend of mine from, o, say TWENTY-FIVE years ago, during the glory days of the New Games Foundation.

When Todd first showed me Dice Stacking, I just simply couldn't believe it was possible. Then I tried. And I was sure it wasn't possible. Then I tried again. And I did it!

Todd has developed a remarkable website called Perceptual Motion. His website includes instructions and animated illustrations of Ball Juggling, Cigar Box juggling, Club Juggling, Club Swinging, Devil Sticks, Diabolo, Hat Manipulation, Lasso, Miscellaneous Juggling, Poi Swinging, Ring Juggling, Staff juggling, and Tennis Ball and Can.

He explains his passion better than I can. Stand by for another lengthy quote:

Hi. My name is Todd Strong and Perceptual Motion is the name of my business. I really like the name. For me it refers to things that move in a way that may not be obvious at first, but that make sense once one understands the physics involved. More than just comprehension, these toys and games also involve a certain amount of skill and practice before one masters them. Mostly, Perceptual Motion is an opportunity for me to share the joy I find in playing with relatively obscure toys and games that involve skill and challenge.

Perceptual Motion started in 1981 when I began making and selling devil sticks and diabolos at the Pike Place Market in Seattle. At the time, a juggler might have known what a devil stick or diabolo was, but many people in North America had never seen either one before. It was fascinating to watch people's reactions to my demonstrations and suggestion that they, too, might enjoy playing with such a toy.

Todd is one of those jugglers who has managed to develop a fine balance between play and performance. It's clear that he has fun with all his juggling stuff, and his fun is the magic that makes us all want to learn from him.

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