Sep 8

Flying Clipper is please to announce our continued participation in this years’ Asheville Juggling Festival. This years festival is September 26-28th. Our good friend Peter Irish will be headlining the festivals’ Saturday Night Extravaganza. That means a lot to us since Peter uses handmade juggle balls designed especially for him by Flying Clipper. Flying Clipper will be donating a five ball set of Tossaball Hybrid juggle balls to this years’ raffle.

Here is Asheville Juggling Festivals’ announcement for Peter Irish:

Peter Irish

Special Guest: Each year we get an amazing performer/group to headline our Saturday Night Variety Extravaganza and teach some great workshops. This year we are honored and excited to say that Peter Irish will be our headliner! Peter is a champion juggler and footbagger, and he seamlessly weaves those two disciplines together to produce acts that are both mesmerizing and inspiring. Plus, Peter is just an all around great guy. You do not want to miss the opportunity to see him perform and/or take a workshop. Did we mention how excited we are to have him!

Tossaball Hybrid TX Juggle Balls

Tossaball Hybrid TX Juggle Balls

Jun 24

Phat Tyre Pro 70 Juggle Balls

Phat Tyre Pro 70 Juggle Balls

Product Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Submitter: Kenny Hensley

Headline: Greatest Product Ever!!!!

Review: I’ve been juggling and playing freestyle footbag at a Semi-Pro level for 5 years and this product is awesome, I can juggle theses bad boys with such ease it’s insane and they also make a pretty good Freestyle Footbag as well not to mention that you can wash them, it doesn’t get much better then that i definitely recommend this product to every one!!!

Note from Flying Clipper: Thanks Kenny we hope these juggle balls will compliment your style of footbag and juggling. Have fun and keep the feedback coming.

Apr 2

To quote a famous songwriter…What a long strange trip its been! :=) After 31 years of designing and producing our own original designed hand sewn footbags and juggle balls, we can honestly say something that not many in the business can… we have blazed our own trail and followed no one in what we created. At first selling one or two footbags down at the Eugene Saturday Market meant we could order pizza that night. After a few years we started getting more and more business and eventually employed up to 10 local sewers not including the partners of Reed Gray, Dennis Ross and Jim Fitzgerald who combined hand sewed more than 100,000 footbags and juggle balls in our “made in Oregon” phase of the business. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s  Flying Clipper was producing thousands of handmade juggle balls for both Brian Dube and Klutz juggling, every one handmade in Eugene. Did you know that more handmade things come out of Eugene Oregon than any other city in the country? We were part of that movement.  Footbag and juggle ball sales were at full swing for our made in Oregon products. To be truthful I am a living example of someone who has given all to his craft. If I knew then what I know now, I would have stopped sewing much earlier than I did. I now suffer greatly with repetitive motion problems and arthritis in the shoulders and arms. Just ask another famous hand sewer of juggle balls, Fergie about that, I am sure he would agree. However because of the high cost of labor in today’s competitive market, Flying Clipper decided to go offshore to begin producing products under our strict standard for quality for the wholesale market. We still produced our made in Oregon products for craft shows such as the Oregon Country Fair which Flying Clipper is part of and has been part of since 1984. Flying Clipper can also say that our original designs are the most copied around the world. If you go to Wikipedia and search the term “footbag” you will see a Flying Clipper original patented  design offered as what a typical freestyle footbag looks like (the patent has run its course) . There is a good chance that Flying Clipper made THAT footbag!
Its great to be able to say that we are still putting out new products to meet an ever changing market. We can safely say that we are experts in how to design and produce handmade balls. I think we are changing peoples minds about handmade balls and the cross over between footbags and juggle balls is now becoming part of the culture with hands and feet jugglers such as the great Peter Irish and Jorden Moir who both enjoy using Flying Clipper products for their performances. It has been a long strange trip…but there is more yet to come. A big thanks to all of our long time supporters out there, you know who you are and we salute you!  Please join us in saying Happy birthday Flying Clipper!!!

Jim Fitzgerald, Dennis Ross, Reed Gray at the 1984 Oregon Country Fair

Jim Fitzgerald, Dennis Ross, Reed Gray at the 1984 Oregon Country Fair

Dec 18

Hats off to Bennett Santora and his juggling skills. He has found new juggle balls to accommodate his style of juggling and we are happy to announce he has chosen our Phat Tyre juggle balls for all of his performances. At only 9 years old we think that will be for a long, long time. Thanks Bennett for your support of the inventors here at Clipperville.

Bennett juggles Phat Tyre Pro 70 juggle balls video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLrU9dFRDOo

Here are the specs to his Phat Tyre juggle balls:

Cover material: Synthetic suede (Machine washable)

Sew pattern: Flying Clippers’ original 32 panel

Diameter: 2.75″

Weight: 125 grams

Fill material: Recycled rubber

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Oct 14

From the desk of Jim Fitzgerald President and co-founder of Flying Clipper, est. 1983:

Being a craftsman now for more than 30 years has given me ample time to think up new ideas for expanding the horizons in the art of juggle ball design and concept. Lets face it, after hand sewing more than 75,000  footbags and juggle balls one cannot but help to fall face first into some good ideas now and then. :=) Combining a second and arguably a more valuable asset which is listening to jugglers for their feedback has enabled Flying Clipper to thrive in the midst of a very crowded internet marketplace. Our innovation is driven on improving each juggle ball model according to the feedback we receive from our juggling friends.

If you have never seen our products let me tell you this: Every juggle ball or footbag we produce is made from our own designs. (many of  our designs  are the most copied in the industry). Every juggle ball we produce is 100% hand made and completely washable. We use recycled materials in many of our models in the form of the filler materials we use which include recycled plastic pellets, crushed rock and ground up recycled tire rubber. From our Tossaball Hybrid series of balls to our newest rubber filled Phat Tyre series, we make a juggle ball that is just right for all types of juggling. We welcome ideas and feedback from our friends and value all relationships that come our way. When you purchase a product from us, you are not only getting a great washable hand made juggle ball, you are also promoting the inventors and we thank you.

Jim Fitzgerald

jim1

May 20

Introducing the new Phat Tyre Fleece 14 juggle ball! This one marries our brightly colored fleece fabric to our already famous ground up recycled tire rubber filler making a very sweet juggling ball with attributes that we are sure you will like. The colors of these balls are outstanding and one satisfied customer says its like juggling a rainbow.We love feedback like that and if you get these beauties, you can add your feedback as well. We know you will love these and as always we guaranty your satisfaction. As in all of our juggle balls this one is machine washable.

Weight: 110 grams

Diameter: 2.55″

Check out our very first customer review of this brand new product in our juggle catalog!

A great juggling bag development  A great juggling bag development

A great bag that works very well for me. just the right size for working on 5 or 6. Very soft on the hands but maintains that round look in the air due to the 14 panel design. surprisingly easy on the hands compared to all other props I have tried. Since the outside of the bag is soft some slight rub collisions can be recovered without losing a pattern completely. I strongly recommend this bag. Shawn S — Shawn S

Apr 8

 The reviews are in….

And it’s official! The Phat Tyre 32-Panel Juggling Ball is a huge hit with our loyal fans and new customers alike! This could be the most unique and best juggling prop we’ve ever created and our fans agree!

 

Best things I’ve thrown in the air yet!  Best things I've thrown in the air yet!

These are so much better than my old “learn to juggle” bean bags it’s silly. Having been stuck at 3 ball cascades for years, I’m already doing Mills Mess and 4 ball fountains fairly easily. They’re soft, don’t roll at all and are a joy to juggle. I can’t wait to get above 5 so I can order some more!

– Eddie Hirko

Apr 3

Every so often…

We get a review that leaves our heads spinning!

Today is one of those days!!! Not only did we get a great customer review, but he was kind enough to submit his own videos too!

Here is the review, followed by videos:

Jim, it has been nice to have professional juggling equipment around the house!     Thanks for making these – they are a huge help and inspiration.

Ryan      

PS Heres a couple vids

 

Mar 22

We just got another great review in of our brand new Tossaball Phat Tyre Speeders! Check it out here:

Phat speeder bags  Phat speeder bags

Love the size,weight, feel, and look of these bags, although they do have a slight Discount Tire store bouquet.

Just a couple of washes later and they smell fresh as daisies. I can barely put ‘em down, love ‘em…

JuggleJones

Mar 12

 

                 

Tossaball Plush Puppy, Flying Clipper’s new hand and feet juggle ball, is getting Rave Reviews.

Peter Irish, the master of juggling, is raving all about this:

 “The Flying Clipper Plush Puppies are by far the best juggling balls on the market for hands and feet juggling. This is the ball I have been searching for for years. Once I got a hold of them, I immediately retired my old balls, and began using these full time. The require virtually no break-in, are a great consistency for stalls and body catches, yet they retain their roundness and don’t “pancake”. These balls are undoubtedly the best resource for any juggler who wants to integrate the hands and feet together in their juggling. The colors are some of the brightest and most beautiful of any juggling balls I’ve ever seen, which is so important for performing. I have used these balls in several shows and dozens of performances and have been completely satisfied. As well as all this, they are FUN to juggle, and have a feel like no other ball. I am grateful to Flying Clipper (and amazed) for creating a ball that exceeds my expectations for exactly what I do. I completely recommend these balls for any type of juggling, and especially for my specialty of juggling with the hands and the feet at the same time. Huge thanks to Flying Clipper!”

Catch Peter Irish using the Tossaball Plush Puppy below!

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Here is another great review from another satisfied customer:

“OK, these beanbags are waaay nicer than I thought they would be! I broke my 5 ball endurance the first day I got them because they are so easy to juggle. I like the size and fabric because my hands do not get tired from grabbing them like a ball. They settle gently into my hand and have a beautiful throw. I got 4 rotations of 5 ball mills for the first time with these just yesterday. I’m getting more!”

–Robert Wood

 

And a video made by one of our talented customers demonstrating the Tossaball Plush Puppy:

 [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYrah5SUCF4?rel=0&w=560&h=315]

 

 Thanks for all the awesome reviews!

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