Ripley's Rainbow is a three
ball pattern invented by Cliff
Ripley. The trick has a rushed, side-to-side rhythm reminiscent of the
Snake, with multiplexes adding an extra layer of complexity. There are no
clear prerequisites for this pattern, but it is recommended that you already
be fairly comfortable with multiplexing before attempting the trick.
To begin learning Ripley's Rainbow, start with two balls in your dominant hand and one ball in your non-dominant hand. Throw the ball in your non-dominant hand over toward your dominant hand and then, as that ball begins to descend, make a split-multiplex throw from your dominant hand over the first ball. This will clear space for your dominant hand to catch that ball. As the multiplexed balls begin to descend, you will throw the ball in your dominant hand along roughly the same arc as the multiplex, clearing space for your dominant hand to catch the multiplexed ball closest to it—your non-dominant hand will catch the other multiplexed ball. You will then catch the last ball in your non-dominant hand.
As shown, practice this on both sides. For the next step, you are going to make another throw from your dominant hand along the same arc as the last ball thrown from that hand (the final ball thrown in the previous step). You will then make a split-multiplex throw from your non-dominant hand back toward your dominant hand, clearing space for your non-dominant hand to catch the ball just thrown from your dominant hand. You will then catch the multiplexed balls.
Once again, practice this on both sides. Notice that the last two throws were a mirror image of the first two throws—to continue the pattern, simply make the same throws/catches you normally would, except with your hands reversed. Ripley's Rainbow is a fairly simple pattern, but when performed fast and low it can be pleasantly challenging to juggle.