Crossed-Arm Shower

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     The Crossed-Arm Shower is, as its name suggests, a variation of the Shower pattern in which your arms are crossed. The overall shape of the pattern is virtually unchanged (though usually smaller), so conceptually the trick is fairly simple. The main difficulty comes from learning how to make horizontal passes from a crossed-arm position—a very unusual throw type not present in most juggling tricks. The hand that throws these passes can be crossed over or under, but for this tutorial I am going to consider the crossed-over form as standard, and the crossed-under form as the "Reverse Variation."

    To begin learning the Crossed-Arm Shower, start with one ball in your dominant hand and then cross your arms such that your dominant arm is on top. Without uncrossing your arms, make a horizontal pass from your dominant hand to your non-dominant hand. You will want to make this a forceful throw along a straight line—the ball should not be lightly tossed, as might be your first instinct.
    Practice this until the throw feels natural. Unlike in the animation, you could also practice passing the ball back from the hand crossed under, as it is the quickest way to return the ball to your dominant hand. To add in the second ball, you are going to start with one ball in each hand and your arms crossed in the same configuration as before. You will then perform an under-the-arm throw from your non-dominant hand toward your dominant hand while simultaneously making a horizontal pass from your dominant hand to your non-dominant hand (as was practiced in the first step), catching the under-the-arm throw with your now empty dominant hand.
    Practice this extensively. Next, we are going to extend the second step such that, after making its first under-the-arm throw, your non-dominant hand will make another throw using the ball passed by your dominant hand. Your dominant hand will then catch the first under-the-arm throw and quickly pass it back to your non-dominant hand, clearing space for your dominant hand to catch the second throw.
    Practice this until you can do all of the throws comfortably and consistently. To add in the third ball, start with two balls in your non-dominant hand and one ball in your dominant hand. Cross your arms in the same configuration as before, then make an under-the-arm throw from your non-dominant hand. As that ball peaks and begins to descend, you will make a second throw from your non-dominant hand while simultaneously passing the ball in your dominant hand to your non-dominant hand. This will clear space for your dominant hand to catch the first under-the-arm throw. Your dominant hand will then also catch the second ball thrown from your non-dominant hand.
    As always, practice this step until you are comfortable with it. To continue the pattern, simply make another pass/under-the-arm-throw combination and then keep adding them in as you become more proficient. The Crossed-Arm Shower is an enjoyable pattern in its own right, but its real value lies in unlocking three ball tricks that utilize a crossed-arm horizontal pass (e.g. non-standard versions of the 441 and 531 Mills Mess).

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