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The Frantic Cascade
(unofficial name) is a three ball variation of the Crossed-Arm Cascade in
which every catch is made under-the-arm (or more accurately
under-the-wrist). This leads to a very quick pattern as your hands rush to
catch each ball. The name "Frantic Cascade" is one of my own creation,
since the trick is otherwise often referred to by the lengthy "crossed-arm
cascade with continuous under-the-wrist catches." Before learning this
pattern, it is important that you already be able to juggle the regular
Crossed-Arm Cascade using both arm configurations.
To begin learning the Frantic Cascade, start with two balls
in your dominant hand and one ball in your non-dominant. Cross your dominant
arm over your non-dominant arm and then make a throw from your dominant hand
toward the dominant side of your body (as if doing the Crossed-Arm Cascade).
Follow this up with a corresponding throw and catch from your non-dominant
hand. So far this has all been identical to the Crossed-Arm Cascade.
However, as the ball thrown from your non-dominant hand begins to descend,
you are going to make another throw from your dominant hand and then quickly
uncross and recross it underneath your non-dominant hand, catching the ball
thrown from your non-dominant hand. The ball just thrown will then be caught
by your non-dominant hand.
As shown, practice this on both sides. Next, you are going to
add in another throw/under-the-wrist catch combination, this time from your
non-dominant hand. As the last ball thrown in the previous step begins to
descend, make a throw from your non-dominant hand and then uncross and
recross your non-dominant hand underneath your dominant hand (i.e. in the
same position as you first started), catching the descending ball
Practice this on both sides. To run the full pattern, simply
keep making throws paired with under-the-wrist catches. The Frantic Cascade
will take some time to master, as it has a very rapid pace.
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