Maka's Mess

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Idiosensory (demonstration)

     Maka's Mess is a three ball pattern established by Idiosensory. The trick combines a wrist drop with two lofty throws made to somewhat resemble Mills Mess. If you are already comfortable with wrist drops then Maka's Mess should not be too difficult to learn, as the other throws are simple and slow.

    To begin learning Maka's Mess, start with one ball in each hand. Cross your dominant hand over your non-dominant hand, palm facing down, and then simultaneously make a high under-the-arm throw from your non-dominant hand toward the center of your body while basically dropping the ball in your dominant hand (you will still want to give it a bit of upward motion). You will then quickly uncross your dominant hand and then recross it underneath your non-dominant hand to under-the-arm catch the ball your dominant hand just dropped. The high under-the-arm throw made by your non-dominant hand will then be caught by your non-dominant hand.
    As shown, practice this on both sides. To add in the third ball, start with two balls in your dominant hand and one ball in your non-dominant hand. Make a high throw from your dominant hand toward the center of your body and then cross your dominant hand over your non-dominant hand. As that ball peaks and begins to descend, perform the same two throws that you did in step one, catching the first ball you threw with your now empty non-dominant hand followed closely by your dominant hand under-the-arm catching the ball it dropped. As the high ball thrown by your non-dominant hand begins to descend you are going to make another high throw from your non-dominant hand toward the center of your body, clearing space for your non-dominant hand to catch the first high ball it threw. The last ball will then be caught by your dominant hand.
    Practice this on both sides. Notice how the last throw is a mirror image of the first throw. To run the full pattern simply make another simultaneous high throw/wrist drop combination using the opposite hand configuration and continue on from there. Once you are comfortable making wrist drops Maka's Mess becomes a fairly easy pattern, though getting the high throws to curve correctly can take a bit of effort.