From the nape of his neck the ball was made to roll down his back. Then he quickly turned around to strike it with his knee, and down to be caught with his toe. Fast toe to toe catches, not kicking, as in soccer, but real catches in the true Japanese tradition. Not for an instant did his image digress from the leaping, dancing gymnast. He interrupted tricks with an occasional somersault, only to return to balls that danced and sticks that twirled.
Excellent hand balance with ball clipped between his feet. Now he bends his knees so as to bring the ball down to mouth-held stick, where it balances. Then he resumes his upright position.
One incredible move was to make ball travel from toe to highest part of the body. This was accomplished by raising his leg and making the necessary motions with his torso. This move is one of the most amazing things I've seen, the ball apparently moving up against the forces of gravity. He finished his act with hoop tossing while at the same time balancing sticks and balls on his forehead, and spinning a hoop on his leg.
Brunn, later in his career, adopted the style of a Spanish dancer. An act which was already sensational, with the added fire and flavor of the Iberian-Moorish people, became almost electrifying!
Here is another interview, this time from the Spring 1986 edition of Juggler's World.
More recently, this interview with Brunn and Natalie Enterline was published in the Summer 1996 edition of Kaskade.
Here is an MPEG movie of Brunn kicking a ball behind his back to land on top of another ball spinning on his finger and here is one of his trademark combination trick. See the Great Jugglers of the Past section of the JIS Movie Theater for full descriptions.
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