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Introduction to feeds

Author: JiBe

When doing a "feed", there is somebody (the feeder) who's passing to 2 other jugglers (the feedees), facing them at the same time.

F passes to F1 and F2 in a pattern which has to be defined. F1 and F2 only pass to F. F1 and F2 usually juggle the same pattern, but staggered since we assume that F is not going to catch 2 clubs at the same time (this assumption is broken with synchronous patterns).

As a consequence, F passes twice as often as F1 or F2, since they have to throw as many passes as the F1 and F2 together. If F does an n-count, F1 and F2 do a 2n-count (no matter how many clubs there are). We're assuming here that F1 and F2 are doing the same pattern.


In the most classical feed, the feeder F is doing a 2-count alternating between the 2 feedess, who do a 4-count. While a pass is made between F and F1, F2 is doing a right hand self.
The causal diagram (for 9 clubs) shows that very well, F being the middle line.

If you can't read this, check the page about "causal diagrams".

Once the feeder's rhythm is known, it is easy to find what rhythm the feedees are doing (slow-fasts not allowed here).

the feeder the feedees
1-count 2-count
2-count 4-count
PPS 3-count
3-count 6-count
mild madness Jim's 3-count
PPSS (chocolate bar) 4-count
... ...

Now you can go back to the feed section to try out a few patterns.