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Boston Mess


Also called " Mills' Mess in column " or " Piston ", " Boston Mess " is the close cousin of Mills' Mess. Moreover, one can pass from the one to the other without there being the least break in the transition. In fact it is exactly the same movement of arm as Mills' but while launching the balls vertically.

It is strongly advised to practise Mills' Mess before trying Boston.


Stage 1    Stage 2

Stage 1 : first of all let us try to understand the trick

The rate/rhythm of Boston Mess is exactly the same one as that of the cascade with 3 (the siteswap is identical and notes 3); i.e. that one carries out successively a left throw hand then a throw right hand then a left throw hand etc...
In fact Boston Mess is a distortion of the cascade where the crossing of the balls is replaced by the crossing of the arms, indeed the balls never cross but are launched vertically and in parallel.

Imagine 3 balls B (Blue), R(Red) and G (Green) in front of you on the same line; 
there are only 2 ways of naming them one after the other:

     - is series 1:    G R B G R B G R......
     - is series 2: B R G B R G B R......

Try to find of them others and you will fall down obligatorily on one of the 2 preceding series.
One can as notice as series 2 is the reverse of series 1. One can simplify, by saying that series 1 goes from the right-hand side towards the left and series 2 respectively of the left towards the line (seen of the juggler).

And well, it is the same for Boston, he exists 2 versions completely symmetrical

       - is the balls are launched line towards the left (preferred direction of the right-handed persons)
       - is the balls are launched left towards the line (preferred direction of the left-handeds person)

Therefore is it is necessary for you to determine to start, which the direction which is appropriate to you best?
If not you strongly reduce the chances to make a success of this trick.

In all logic, this trick contains 6 different throws, indeed 2 X 3 = 6 ( 2 hands X 3 balls = 6 throws ). One can also note that we have 3 throws uncrossed arms and 3 throws cross arms. In fact (for the purists), there are 2 additional throws, for one can cross the arms in 2 ways (arm right below or right arm top); what adds 2 new throws.
In conclusion, the simple version of Boston contains  6 different throws , while the complete version contains  8 different throws.

I advise you to begin the simple version, more especially as visually the difference is tiny, the witness will not by no means notice the way in which the arms are cross.
Droitiés will préfèreront to cross with the left arm top, the left-handeds person the reverse.

In short here Boston which will be appropriate to you best:
- for the right-handed persons, I advise: feel Boston (right towards the left) and left arm cross top,
- for the left-handeds person, I advise: feel Boston (left towards the line) and arm cross right top.

Stage 2 : let us test the trick

Animation
To note!
Some comments
3 throws with uncrossed arms
+ 3 throws with cross arms
Observe well, each hand consecutively always launches in the same order the balls Green, Red and Blue (direction for a right-handed person). 

The launched green ball
by the right hand

The launched red ball
by the left hand

The launched blue ball
by the right hand

The launched green ball
by the left hand
 

The launched red ball
by the right hand

The launched blue ball
by the left hand
Departure for right-handed person:
2 balls right hand
cross arm (left top)
To begin (right-handed person), I advise you the departure arm crossed with 2 balls in the right hand and left arm top. One begins " right hand " (Blue ball) then " left hand " (Green ball) and " right hand " (Red ball).

Good work !




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