Reverse Mills Mess
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- Prerequisites: Mills Mess
- Related Tricks: Reverse Windmill
The Reverse Mills Mess is a
variation of Mills Mess in which the original pattern is time-reversed,
meaning that every throw of the Reverse Mills Mess is done where and when a
catch would be made in the regular Mills Mess. This means that all of the
throws in the Reverse Mills Mess are made from the center, and all catches
are made on the outside of your body.
To learn the Reverse Mills Mess, start with one ball in each
hand. With your dominant hand, make a throw from the center of your body out
toward your dominant side. Then, bring your non-dominant hand toward the
center of your body and make a throw identical to the first. Finally, cross
your non-dominant hand underneath your dominant and catch the first ball.
Catch the second ball with your dominant hand.
As shown, practice this on both sides. Once you are
sufficiently comfortable with the throws, you can chain the cycles to
To add in the third ball, start with two balls in your
dominant hand and one ball in your non-dominant. Make the first two throws
as you did in the previous steps, and then make a third from your dominant
hand in the same position and direction as the other two throws. This last
throw should be performed when your non-dominant hand is crossed under your
dominant hand. As that last ball descends, make a throw with your
non-dominant hand from the center of your body toward your non-dominant side
(i.e. in the opposite direction of all preceding throws) and then cross your
non-dominant hand over your dominant hand to catch the third ball.
Practice this on both sides. To run the full Reverse Mess,
simply continue the cycle on the other side (the first throw of the new
cycle is the last throw shown in the animation above). The pattern will seem
awkward at first, especially if you are already comfortable with the
standard Mills Mess. In general, the Reverse Mills Mess is not as fluid and
graceful as Mills Mess, and spectators probably won't be any more impressed
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