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
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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