Always impressive. I learnt three in one hand by learning the six ball fountain, which is juggling three in each hand at the same time. Strangely, for a long time I found that I could run six balls for longer than I could run three in one hand on its own.

## How to hold three in one hand

There are two common ways of holding three in one hand, the triangle arrangement & the line arrangement. I personally use the triangle arrangement, but as always, try both & see which feels more comfortable to you.

#### Triangle arrangement

As the name suggests arrange the balls in a triangle shape in your hand. Hold one ball between your little finger & the butt of your thumb, hold the next ball between your thumb & index finger & hold the third between your middle & ring fingers & the other two balls. From this position you throw the balls in reverse order.

#### Line arrangement

This position has all the balls in a single line & is a bit tricky if you are using large balls. Hold one ball between your little finger & the butt of your thumb, the next ball between your ring finger & your thumb & the hold third ball against the second with your middle & index fingers. Throw the balls from the top of the stack (your finger tips) to the bottom (by your wrist).

## Patterns

There are four basic three in one hand patterns, shower, cascade, reverse cascade & columns. Another common pattern is called 'all over the place' but that doesn't really need any explanation. Each one is the same in that the rhythm doesn't change, the balls are thrown & caught in order. All throws are made to the same height, about a foot above your head. The only thing that changes is where the balls are thrown & caught.

#### Shower

This is the most common pattern & it is exactly the same as the two handed Shower except that you only use one hand. The balls follow each other round in a circle. The pattern can be juggled in both directions, either throwing on the inside & catching on the outside (rolling out) or throwing on the outside & catching on the inside (rolling in).

An easy way to learn it is to start juggling a two handed shower & gradually increase the height of the pattern & bring your hands closer together, when your hands are side by side transfer the pattern entirely into one hand. From this you will be able to get the 'feel' of the rhythm. Aim for a really narrow pattern, the distance between where you make a catch & where you make a throw should only be a couple of inches. Making consistent throws which all peak at the same height is also very important to maintain the rhythm. As you make each throw flick your fingers to spin the ball, this will make it curve inwards if you are juggling a rolling out pattern or outwards if you are juggling rolling in.

Develop a nice smooth circling action with your arm. If you catch & jerk your arm to make each throw, your thows will not be accurate & your arm will get tired very quickly. Your forearm should make smooth & even circles (well elipses to be precise).