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How I learned to juggle fire in seven days

By - Richard - 25th March 2021

How I learned to juggle fire in seven days – Rapid skill acquisition

Whilst clearing out my wardrobe, I found my old juggling clubs. I have had them since I was a teenager and there was obviously a reason why I hadn’t thrown them away. I decided to embrace my inner-child and re-learn how to juggle with these clubs in seven days. 

In order to make things a bit more interesting and to make me focus my learning, I decided that I would attempt to juggle three fire sticks at the end of the week.

This video documents my week as I battle through the inevitable frustration and boredom of rapid skill acquisition. 

I decided to learn in short, intense bursts of twenty minutes, where I would give the juggling practice my full attention. I practiced for up to two or three hours a day, but this spread across the whole day. 

The learning curve was steep, but juggling three balls came back to me pretty quickly. Juggling clubs was another matter all together. But with perseverance I got back to a similar standard I was at when I was a teenager.

Then came the psychological battle of juggling fire. All the learning and practice I had undertaken couldn’t have prepared me for what lay in wait at the end of my seven days. 

Re-learning or re-acquainting myself with an old skill has been an incredible experience. Juggling is a useless, non-transferable skill, but it is for this reason that I love it. Immersing myself back into this world was a joyous reminder of my happy childhood. 

This whole experience has been a timely reminder that our inner child sometimes wants to come out and play. And embracing this is often the very best thing we can do.

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About the Author

Richard Nicholls - Managing Director

Before launching Swift Films, Richard worked as a broadcast TV director and editor, working on programmes for the BBC, ITV and Sky.

A multi-skilled and technically-minded filmmaker, Richard is equally at home coming up with creative concepts as he is on location filming or pulling footage together in the edit suite.

Richard is a member of Independent Producers Scotland and has a love of cats, football, chocolate and Film Noir (in that order).