Feb 032004
Authors: Ben Bleckley

Jeff Schomay, a CSU graduate, carelessly tosses three doughnuts

into the air, catches one, takes a bite, throws it back up and

catches another.

Schomay is the co-founder of CSU’s Juggleum Juggling Club, which

met in the Lory Student Center Commons Tuesday evening. The club

technically has 25 members, but Schomay says only five to eight

come regularly.

“The club has two purposes,” Schomay said. “One, so people who

are jugglers around Fort Collins can come and have a place to

juggle with other jugglers, to get inspiration and ideas and have


The second is to teach the skill to anyone who wants to learn to


The Juggleum Juggling Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 5

p.m. in the Commons of the Lory Student Center lower level.

“I really picked it up about 10 years ago, started doing clubs

and passing (with another person),” Schomay said. “My dad juggled

tennis balls, so I tried and got into that.”

Schomay wants the Fort Collins club to grow, but ultimately

wants to have a juggling convention with clubs he has started or

participated with in Boulder and the Denver Metro area.

The club is great for jugglers of all levels, said Carine

Gerber, a senior majoring in French and president of the club.

Some, like Schomay are professionals who get paid for doing


“The juggling attitude is: figure out how to do something,”

Schomay said. “Then you figure out how to make it harder, more

complicated and almost impossible. When you figure out how to do

that, then you make it even harder.”

Others, like Mark Sobeck, a junior psychology major, just

started last fall.

“He couldn’t juggle any balls when he first came in,” Gerber


Sobeck found out about the Juggleum Club last fall at

Centertainment, student organizations’ biannual advertising


He had done one type of juggling called po�, a Hawaiian

juggling technique using weighted streamers on strings.

“When I get good enough, I want to do it with fire,” Sobeck


Schomay said he enjoys juggling just about everything, including

balls, clubs, rings, unicycles, fire and machetes.

“My favorite trick is when you’re passing clubs, you’re passing

regularly, you throw one, spin around and catch it with your leg.

Then, roll it down your leg and kick it up,” Schomay said. “I’ve

only done that once.”

As much fun as it is for jugglers, there is a certain amount of

danger involved in the sport.

“When you’re passing knives they’re spinning and coming at you,”

Schomay said. “I got a gash on my thumb and hand once.” He’s also

fallen off his six-foot unicycle.

Nonetheless, the potential benefits outweigh the dangers,

Schomay said.

Schomay said that juggling is good cardiovascular exercise, and

often a juggler can feel some aches in his or her muscles the

morning after juggling. It also exercises the brain and hand-eye


Gerber’s favorite trick is juggling with one or more other

jugglers, passing clubs or balls between everyone.

“Most people think juggling is a one person thing,” Gerber said.

“But you can really do some fun stuff together.”

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