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Old 05-04-05, 09:11 PM   #1
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Default oooh, and also a chainsaw for juggling

So yeah, free standing ladder, and juggling chainsaw, any help guys and gals. if not for sale, could someone put me in the right direction? Thanks guys and gals.
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Old 08-14-05, 01:01 PM   #2
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You can make your own chainsaw. Alternately there is a store in Australia I think that sells chainsaws made specifically for juggling.
I can't think of it off the top of my head though.
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This sounds very dangerous....which is why it just may work. Things like this usually require saftey permits, though, so keep it in mind. Kids and all that...
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not really. kids scmids, dismember the brats.
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you're best bet for the chainsaw is buy an echo cs-300 model. The Passing Zone, Team Rootberry and myself all use that model. good luck.
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Old 08-15-05, 01:22 AM   #6
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Oh, and when you juggle the chainsaw, BE SURE THE BLADE IS RUNNING, not just the motor.
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(ouch...was that a low blow?) and make sure you get as CLOSE AS YOU CAN to the little kiddies in the audience. You know...so you can prove the blade really is running.
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with so many children in the world, can't we spare a few in the name of one good trick?

where can I find an echo cs 300? Hardware store?
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duh, google search:
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Old 08-22-05, 04:26 PM   #10
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The Home Depot should carry them also.
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I just modified my juggling chainsaw for use as a regular chainsaw ...

... ain't that a kick it the pants.
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Old 08-30-05, 09:54 PM   #12
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I modified a gas chainsaw for juggling. It was way to heavy for me to juggle though so I recorded the sound of it on and edited it nicly on my computer. I then took out the engine and put it back together with out the engine. It weighed a lot less. Now when I juggle the chainsaw I play the track of the sound. No one catches on. They really think its on. It's probably alot safer that way to.

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Old 08-30-05, 10:56 PM   #13
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not really. kids scmids, dismember the brats.
Now THAT would be a draw! Congrats, Robert, sounds like progress.
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Hey! Ha

One at a time, right Butterfly?
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...It was way to heavy for me to juggle though so I recorded the sound of it on and edited it nicly on my computer. ...It's probably alot safer that way to.
Wow.

A juggling act is meant to show the audience the difficulty and / or skill- as opposed to a magic act where the aim is to hide the skill. By removing both skill and "danger" you've really missed the boat.

I could understand removing the engine & playing the sound if your reason was that you had to fly with your props, and as the Passing Zone has taught us, you don't fly with chainsaws.

Here's a thought-- practice, lift some weights and get some guts. Then you can do the trick for real.

No one catches on. They really think its on.

This really bugs me.

There was a really lame article in Juggle magazine about two years ago where the author claims that "an audience can't tell the difference between juggling five and juggling seven." Unless your audience is a) kids b) drunks or c) morons, they CAN tell the difference. People who can't juggle seven convince themselves that "no one can tell" as a way of self-consolation. "If no one can tell, why bother putting in years of practice?"

I can't juggle seven, and it's not a priority for me or my show... but who knows, maybe that will change one day. In the meantime, I have a lot of respect for the people who put in the years of practice to learn the skill. I would never disrespect other performers and insult the audience by saying "yeah well no one can tell." Listen to your audience... you'll be surprised what they know.


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p.s. The guy who wrote that "advice" tagged the article by admitting that he can't even juggle five. He's here on this forum, and he knows who he is.
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Club but they look so real

Steven,
Come on mate ... you always seem to see things in the proper perspective ... but I can't agree on this one ... who gives a shit if it's a real chainsaw or not ... damn, if my wife's tits were fake I'd still stand erect ... so, come on!...they're sheep ... you know it ... I know it ... we all know it ... it's just a show, right?

PS. I can do 7 (reverse) but wouldn't even THINK of doing it in a show (I'd miss, that's why) ... and did it affect anything? ... hell, no ... never, (I repeat NEVER) overestimate your audience.

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Robert,

Je vois, et je pige... mais...

There's a difference between CHOOSING to not do something and CHEATING because you can't do it for real. Whether it is knowing your limitations or because it doesn't "fit" in the show-- just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean you SHOULD do something. For example, I CAN kick Gazzo in the balls, but I SHOULDN'T. Ok, bad example.

Chainsaw juggling is not hard, and if you're scared of it- hell, don't run the blade, then it's not dangerous either.

Yeah, most of the audience are sheep, who will believe what ever crap you tell them-- (like "these knives are real"). And for me, 90% of the show is for them-- but there's also that 10%, for the 10% of the audience who "gets it." That's the reward for me.

As far as overestimating the audience-- yeah I made that mistake in Milwaukee.




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Steven,
Ever see Vince Bruce do the Bobby May trick (you know, the cig/match behind the back thing)?

He uses a straw attached to the match ... I made the mistake of calling it a "gimmick" once. He called it an "extension".

I was removed from his Christmas card list.

Some people are so sensitive.

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Old 09-01-05, 08:33 PM   #19
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Charlie Frye also reveils the gimmick to Cinquevelli's (sp) most famous trick (pool ball balanced on a pool ball on a cue stick) in Juggle last month. I've been such a sucker.

Ok, I just took the engine out of my chainsaw...
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Thanks for the support Butterfly Man. Seeing as I'm only a kid I think it's pretty impressive to juggle a chainsaw no matter what I did to the thing. And the chain is still on so it's no less dangerous than juggling the chainsaw with the motor really on and the chain not running!
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