I’ve never been very interested in numbers juggling. I respect the skill and practice required to juggle 5 or more balls, but it’s never been for me. There’s an element to juggling beyond how many objects are aloft; something more artistic and difficult to quantify. Much like a figure skater who is scored on both their technical skill and artistic display, juggling has a artistic element alongside the technical.
I love 3 ball juggling because of the immense library of complex patterns, the transitions between those patterns, and the spare time available for contact stalls/music beat matching; things which numbers juggling lacks. These are the allowances for interpretation in juggling, the artistic element. So to me, when I do numbers juggling, it feels rote. Half the fun is gone.
So do I even bother with it? Yes, I do. I think of 5 ball juggling as more of a juggling exercise than a pastime in its own right; it’s great for improving your hand speed and consistency. Also, it makes me appreciate 3 ball juggling again. When I practice juggling, I’m always cycling between 3 and 5 ball, and my best 3 ball juggling always happens right after I’ve finished with 5. The change makes you feel free, and more able to appreciate the beauty in what you’re doing.