Jeff Schomay, a CSU graduate, carelessly tosses three doughnuts
into the air, catches one, takes a bite, throws it back up and
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
“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 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.”