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Photo by Robin Hu

By Kyle Petersen

The 10th and final New York City juggling festival was held this past weekend at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Over the past decade, Juggle THIS! has made a name for itself as one of the best regional festivals in the United States, attracting top-notch talent from throughout the world.

However, all good things must come to an end. Matt Guzzardo, the festival’s principle organizer, is moving across country, and Pratt Institute is no longer willing to act as the host venue. Because of this, any New York City juggling festival in the future will require new leadership and a new venue.

Undeterred by uncertainty, hundreds of jugglers descended on the Big Apple this past weekend for one last hurrah. Turnout was strong despite the fact that the dates for the festival were announced only three weeks ahead of time. Saturday featured workshops and two stage shows while Sunday’s festivities included more workshops and of course, games such as endurance and combat.

Below you can watch a clip from the 5-club endurance competition. Notice how Marcus Monroe tries to sneak his way back into the competition after being eliminated.

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