Xeni Jardin at 8:49 am Sun, Nov 18, 2012
Amazing! I wonder how he played those bass notes when the balls were only hitting the treble end?
Don’t mean to be a spoil sport, and not saying his routine is fake, but the notes we’re hearing don’t always correspond to what we’re seeing regarding the balls hitting the keyboard, so there’s something else going on here in this video.
the notes we’re hearing don’t always correspond to what we’re seeing regarding the balls hitting the keyboard
Give him a break, he doesn’t look at the keyboard once.
He’s looking at the keyboard all the time. The mask in on top of his head; he’s bending over for the whole performance.
That’s to keep tigers from eating him. They only attack the piano jugglers who don’t think they’re watching them. This is why you never see piano jugglers without masks on their heads, as tigers have et all the unmasked ones.
Shawn perhaps you have a nice Perl script that can help you parse the above joke.
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I like how the eyes of the mask are pitiless orbs of pure alien perception, staring into your soul and making you realize that it knows about the time that you hit that hitchhiker with your car and drove away before the cops came UNICORN CHASER PLEASE
The only talent here is timing (which nonetheless appears to be very good). The notes he’s playing do not come from the balls hitting the “keys” – it looks like the keys don’t even depress.
Actually it looks like maybe the “keyboard” just generates the timing information, each ball strike moving forward an existing sequence on some other device. So the timing is more or less irrelevant also.
Here’s a blog post on NYT discussing the guy. Basically each ball strike triggers the next note in the sequence. It doesn’t matter where he hits but it does matter when he hits otherwise you would notice the tune being off especially in the fast bits. As they say, timing is everything.
Yeah, they’re just midi triggers – every time a ball hits, it signals a note to be played so while he has excellent rhythm, he isn’t actually playing anything like you would on say, a piano. Also, if you watch closely, you’ll see one ball sometimes triggering a chord rather than a single note. Had a friend who used to program midi triggers for a band.
Yeah, that looks like what it is. But the timing of the juggling is relevant. So, at least it’s a sort of rhythmic exercise, which is in itself not bad.
timing is always relevant in juggling.
He’s also pretty good at faking it well enough that you have to look REALLY closely to realize that he’s not actually playing the notes.
I’m sad he didn’t introduce us to his little friend. Perhaps he actually juggles pianos like I was hoping for!
Perhaps that’s the legendary 12 inch pianist. As an aspiring vaudvillian, I bet he named the dummy “Milton Berle.”
Keep your eye on the little guy. He’s clearly in on it.
Ha! I loved that. It’s like a scene from a 1930s cartoon. He could do that with a Betty Boop costume.
People are usually so good at crying “shopped”, even when something is not shopped, and now they call “amazing” this clearly fake performance?
Listen to it: sometimes 1 ball plays a chord!
You also have a lot of notes holding, which requires either the use of the pedal or holding the key down…
Who is they? Virtually every comment before yours points out that its set up or faked.
only thing missing is people saying “amazing.”
If bill Bailey can do it…
I think that ventriloquist dummy in the chair is helping him out somehow.
Where to draw the line between an outraged cry of “faked!” and an appreciation of a clever illusion?
I came here wondering exactly how the piano juggler was going to get a piano off the ground, let alone 3. This was not what I was expecting. Seriously…I just sadtromboned myself.
I have worked with Dan & I’ve watched him setup, troubleshoot, & rehearse – yes it isn’t a true keyboard rather a painted surface but there are multiple trigger zones. Timing, location, & number of balls striking (within a somewhat forgiving window) are all important. If you want to know more pay him for schematics, he has built an incredible device & created an amazing act around it and his juggling skills. There is good reason why he has ruled this act for decades and those who have tried to imitate him fail
Sadly, this is not only a trick, but actually a clone of someone else’s trick – Wally Eastwood (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDB5o9kBPJw ).
For a more satisfying “juggling to music” experience, try Chris Bliss’ Abbey Road routine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8f8drk5Urw
Citation? Quick google suggested the guy featured, Dan Menendez, did it first.
Also, Chris Bliss doesn’t do it for me. I kind of agree with Jason Garfield http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYUXaYCkv-A
Seriously? You’re roping us into a jugglers’ pissing match?
I thought this site was all about copyright.
Definitely the same trick as Eastwood, but I think the mask guy had better timing.
At least, I enjoyed it. Mask, Mini-mask, and all.
this was a wonderful thing, no matter if it was done in aftereffects or by forcing everyone who watches it to imbibe absinthe an hour ahead of time.
What is wrong with all of you nit pickers. You took the time to imagine that you were counting notes, but you didn’t go to pianojuggler.com. This guy is amazing!
So what’s with the dummy?
“He’s not a dummy, he’s a mannequin!”
I was talking to the mannequin.
(insert uproarious laughter here)
My master has the Slayer’s sister hostage at the Bronze because she summoned him and at midnight he’s going to take her to the underworld to be his queen.
Definitely this would benefit from some cowbell
Anyone screaming fake can go out and just do it themselves. It’s easy right?
Seriously, Dan is an entertainer. Where you not entertained? Since the first time I saw him on Carson back in the late 80’s, I’ve been entertained by his show. It’s a good solid act. Don’t worry about the how of a live act. That’s the least important part.
Hey, it’s fun. Isn’t that enough?
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