Ian Kendall wrote:I dunno. I quite like flair (I've even been known to do some myself). Ok, it's not always five club back crosses or alternate treblas/alberts, but it's often a lot more skillful than your run of the mill three ball cascade...
It's ugly and graceless. Compare the chap in Dustin's Vid with the crazy ruskie. The bartender is moving all the time, correcting, his eyes are going crazy, whereas the juggler makes it look effortless. Most of the time he makes it look like he isn't even looking.
I think that is what is really boils down to. Fred Astaire used to make you feel it was effortless. I think good jugglers do that. It's like breathing. Whereas a bartender makes it look like he is struggling, there is no grace, no subtlety.
Obviously I am spoiled having one of the best jugglers in the world as my brother, but nevertheless I've never been a fan of flair. At it's best, it is someone doing 2 club moves in an ugly way.
IMHO, as ever. :)