The Sandbox Shuffle is a
pattern established by Michael Karas
which combines exaggerated arm motions with quick vertical passes to create
a very interesting and creative trick. Due to the uniqueness of the pattern,
the Sandbox Shuffle does not have any foundational prerequisites, and as
such can be learned at any point in one's juggling career.
To learn the Sandbox Shuffle, start with two balls in your
dominant hand and one ball in your non-dominant. Cross your non-dominant
hand over your dominant hand, and then throw one of the balls in your
dominant hand straight up. As that ball is coming back down, make a vertical
throw from your non-dominant hand (this hand should be facing downward when
you make this throw, which may take some practice) and then bring it up and around toward the
non-dominant side of your body. Simultaneously, make a vertical pass from
your dominant hand to your non-dominant hand at the center of your body,
catching the first ball with your dominant hand. Finally, catch the second
ball with your dominant hand.
Practice this step extensively on both sides, since it forms
the foundation of the Sandbox Shuffle. Once you have it mastered, you are
ready to add in the final throw. First, do the same throws that were in the
previous step, but instead of simply catching the last ball, you are going
to make a third vertical throw in the center of your body with your dominant
hand, and then use that now empty hand to catch the third ball. After
catching the third ball, you are going to bring your dominant hand up and
over your non-dominant hand, which itself is going to cross your body and
make a vertical throw, catching the fourth throw afterwards. This fifth
throw is identical to the first throw of the previous step, therefore it
marks the beginning of a second cycle, at which point the pattern simply
As shown practice this on both sides. To run the full Sandbox
Shuffle, just make another vertical throw from your top hand coupled with a
pass from your bottom hand and keep repeating the cycle on each side. The
Sandbox Shuffle is not a particularly easy trick, but the pattern's unique
look and feel make the effort well worth it.
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