Jet Set Jugglers Chesbrough and Webber do a leapfrog in their winning Team act
The Jet Set Jugglers stormed onto stage from out of IJA nowhere to win the Teams Championship and its $500 first prize. Eastman Webber and Mark Chesbrough, attending their first IJA convention, earned a standing ovation with their energetic routine set to the frantic beat of "The Heat Is On," which culminated in a nine club pass.
They opened on a darkened stage with glo-sticks manipulated in club swinging patterns, then filled the rest of their seven minutes with various combinations of club passing and synchronized juggling.
The pre-competition favorites and last year's team winners, the Raspyni Brothers, performed a nearly flawless and technically demanding routine, but couldn't match the energy demonstrated by the newcomers.
Appearing on the IJA stage the night after they appeared Johnny Carson's "Tonight" show, the Raspynis also concentrated on clubs. Dan Holzman did some three club solo work while partner Barry Friedman did four clubs. They combined juggles for seven club passing and also did nine. They finished passing six machetes while each man spun a ball on a mouthstick and a ring around one ankle.
Raspynis got on Carson, but finished second in Teams by mere tenths. Holzman on left, Friedman on right.
Barry Friedman with unique move in Teams championship
The Jongleur Jugglers from Gainesville, Fla., worked hard during the off-season to polish their act and came away with third place for their efforts. John Creveling, Mike Stillwell and Yvonne Wetherell recited an original poem about cooperation while doing takeaways and other manipulations with three clubs. Other tricks included weaves, back-to-back passes and a three-person line feed that turned into eight clubs passed between John and Mike.
Other acts and highlights were:
Total Tech Perf time 1. Jet Set Jugglers 75.97 18.68 26.90 2. Raspyni Brothers 75.67 21.00 24.40 3. Jongleur Jugglers 58.75 15.15 21.10 4. Passing Zone 57.62 14.87 19.70 5. Cabangahan Jugglers 55.80 12.83 20.65 6. Catch it Quick 54.05 13.83 18.60 7. Renegade Jugglers 52.75 9.65 22.00 8. Manic Expressions 43.58 11.05 15.40 -.5 9. Natural Acts 23.55 9.53 4.60
Technical judges: Todd Smith, Rich DiGiovanna, Paul Bachman, Michael Kass, Alan Howard. Performance judges: Alexis Lee, Scott Meltzer, Ben Decker, Karen Grant, Mardene Rubio.