Davenport Shuffle

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James J Barlow (demonstration)

     The Davenport Shuffle is a symmetrical variation of the Georgian Shuffle in which one hand makes two sequential throws to itself, giving the trick an odd timing and unique feel. This trick also has an asymmetrical counterpart, the Buffalo Shuffle, which lacks same-hand throws, but retains the basic feel of the Davenport Shuffle.

    To learn the Davenport Shuffle, it is best to start with the first same-hand throw and the subsequent multiplex. Hold one ball in your dominant hand and two balls in your non-dominant. Cross your arms so that your dominant hand (with one ball) is on the bottom. Then, make a vertical throw with your dominant hand and swing that arm around over your non-dominant arm, claw catching the ball. Just as that ball is being caught, make a split multiplex throw with your non-dominant hand, catching the center ball with your non-dominant hand and the outside ball with your dominant hand.
    Practice this on both sides. Once you have it mastered, your are going to add in two more throws. Instead of simply catching the multiplexed balls, as done in the previous step, you are going to take the hand which is currently holding a ball (the hand that didn't do the multiplex) and make an overthrow, clearing space to catch the outside multiplex ball. The inside multiplexed ball will be caught just like in the previous step. After the overthrow reaches its peak and begins to come back down, you are going to use the hand which threw the overthrow to claw catch the ball. Now, at this point you should have the hand which just caught the overthrow stretched across your body, and the hand which caught the inside multiplex underneath and on other side of your body.  Right as you are catching the overthrow, you are going to make a throw with the bottom hand (which caught the inside multiplexed ball) that is identical to the first throw of the previous step. This sets you up for another cycle.
    Practice this on both sides, and when you are able to run a single cycle smoothly, just claw catch the last throw and make another multiplex to perform the full Davenport Shuffle.

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