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This is a set of patterns created at the Mount Clemens Juggling Club (which has the most up-to-date information about them) by Eric Sunshine beginning around 1998 or 1999. Families of these patterns tend to share certain characteristics and, in some cases, the families marry with particularly pleasing results. Many of these patterns were inspired by the Martin's Madness feed, in which the feeder is forced periodically to perform a handacross. A feature of most of the Sunshine series of patterns is that two or more jugglers are forced to perform handacrosss, and in many cases, the feeder must juggle ultimate (1-count) with a handacross. The skill level required for most of the patterns ranges from Jim's 3-count to 1-count with a handacross.
Also, in all the following feeds, feedee A is on the right, seen from the feeder's point of view.

Scattered Sunshine (3 jugglers)
Very Scattered Sunshine (4 jugglers)
Shattered Sunshine (3 jugglers)
Shattered Scattered Sunshine (3 jugglers)
Splattered Sunshine (3 jugglers)


Scattered Sunshine

Scattered Sunshine causal diagram
This pattern was devised by Eric Sunshine sometime during 1998 or 1999 shortly after learning Martin's Madness.

The basic Scattered Sunshine feed is a three person pattern in which two jugglers are doing handacrosss every six beats. The feeder, shown in the middle position, performs ultimate (1-count) with a handacross. Feedee A performs Mild Mildness, which is a pass-pass-self pattern with a handacross. Feedee B performs a modified Jim's 3-count in which passes alternate between straight and diagonal. One way to visualize this pattern is to start with Mild Mildness between the feeder and feedee A, and then add feedee B in place of the feeder's self-throw.

It is possible to train the feedees for this pattern independent of the pattern itself. Feedee A can be trained via Mild Mildness. Feedee B can be trained via a modified Jim's 3-count in which passes alternate between straight and diagonal.

A nice feature of this feed, as with many others, is that it can be extended easily by adding jugglers to each end.  For example, if a Jim's 3-count feedee is added to feedee A's end, then feedee A turns into a Scattered Sunshine feeder (that is, ultimate with a handacross).  Adding a 3-count feedee to feedee B's end causes feedee B to turn into a Martin's Madness feeder. Likewise, it is possible to add a pass-pass-self feedee to feedee B's end, which will cause feedee B to perform ultimate.


Very Scattered Sunshine

Very Scattered Sunshine causal diagram
This pattern was devised by Eric Sunshine in 2001.

The basic Very Scattered Sunshine feed is a four person pattern. The feeder, shown in the top position, does ultimate (1-count) with a handacross every six beats. The feedees on the left and right ends, feedees A and C, do standard Jim's 3-count with straight passes. Feedee B, the inside or middle feedee, does a modified Jim's 3-count in which passes alternate between straight and diagonal throws. One way to visualize this pattern is to take the Martin's Madness feed and insert a third feedee in place of the feeder's self-throw.

It is possible to train the feedees for this pattern independent of the pattern itself.  Feedees A and C can be trained via standard Jim's 3-count.  Feedee B can be trained via a modified Jim's 3-count in which passes alternate between straight and diagonal.


Shattered Sunshine

Shattered Sunshine causal diagram
This pattern was devised by Eric Sunshine on 2002/12/11.

The basic Shattered Sunshine feed is a three person pattern. The feeder, shown in the middle, does ultimate (1-count). Feedees A and B each toggle between 3-count for 3 beats and pass-pass-self for three beats.

It is possible to train the feedees for this pattern independent of the pattern itself. Feedee A is trained via a pass-pass-self-pass-self-self pattern.  Feedee B is trained via a self-self-pass-self-pass-pass pattern. Though similar, the feedee positions are inversions of one another, thus it is necessary to train each feedee separately. This is illustrated below by two distinct pairs of jugglers in the Mild Shattered Sunshine diagram.

Mild Shattered Sunshine causal diagram

Various site-swap tricks can be thrown in a Shattered Sunshine feed.  The diagrams below illustrate several such tricks.  The first diagram shows how feedee A can throw an early double to the feeder during the feedee's 3-count phase.

Shattered Sunshine feedee throws early double during 3-count phase causal diagram

The next diagram shows how feedee A can throw an early double to the feeder during the feedee's pass-pass-self phase.

Shattered Sunshine feedee throws early double during pass-pass-self phase causal diagram

Finally, the next diagram shows how feedees A and B can cooperate to throw back-to-back late doubles to the feeder. The feedees must cooperate in order to avoid having two clubs arrive at one of the feeder's hands at a given beat.

Shattered Sunshine feedees throw late doubles causal diagram


Shattered Scattered Sunshine

Shattered Scattered Sunshine causal diagram
This pattern was devised by Eric Sunshine on 2002/12/12.

The basic Shattered Scattered Sunshine feed is a three person pattern in which all jugglers do handacrosss every six beats. This pattern is an elegant marriage of the Shattered Sunshine and Scattered Sunshine feeds. The feeder, shown in the middle position, does ultimate (1-count) with a handacross. Feedee A's pattern is pass-pass-self-pass-self-self, and throws straight passes to the feeder. Feedee B's pattern is self-self-pass-self-pass-pass, and throws diagonal passes.

The next diagram shows a simple variation of the basic pattern in which both feedees throw straight passes, and the feeder always throws diagonal passes. This modification is known as Shattered Scattered Sunshine variation 1.

Shattered Scattered Sunshine variation 1 caual diagram

It is posible to train the feedees for this pattern independent of the pattern itself. Unlike most training patterns in which two feedees can be trained simultaneously, for Shattered Scattered Sunshine, only one feedee is trained at a time. In the Mild Shattered Scattered Sunshine training diagram below, the trainer throws diagonal passes and performs simple hurries rather than handacrosss, while the trainee throws straight passes and performs handacrosss representative of the feedee position for Shattered Scattered Sunshine.

Mild Shattered Scattered Sunshine feedee training for Shattered Scattered Sunshine caual diagram


Splattered Sunshine

Splattered Sunshine causal diagram
This pattern was devised by Eric Sunshine on 2002/12/17.

The basic Splattered Sunshine feed is a three person pattern in which all jugglers do handacrosss. The feeder, shown in the middle, does ultimate (1-count) with a handacross every six beats, and throws diagonal passes. Feedees A and B each do pass-pass-self-self with a handacross, and throw straight passes to the feeder. An interesting feature of this pattern is the irregular handacross period of the feedees, which toggles between four and eight beats.

It is possible to train the feedees for this pattern independent of the pattern itself. This is illustrated below by the Mild Splattered Sunshine pattern. Juggler A throws straight passes. Juggler B throws diagonal passes.  Although the trainer pattern does not exactly replicate the irregular handacross period of the actual Splattered Sunshine feedee position, it is sufficiently similar to be of use.

Mild Splattered Sunshine training for feedees causal diagram

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