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Five-handed patterns can be done by passing between three people, with two of them using both hands and the other only using one hand, by passing between between four people, with one of them using both hands and the others each using one hand, or by passing between five people, with each of them only using one hand.

There are five basic patterns for five-handed passing. In the patterns described below, every throw is the same height, the throws are continually made by the five hands in a certain order on an even rhythm, and each hand always throws to the next hand to the right, so the objects are slowly moving counter-clockwise as viewed from above.

  • For a number of objects that is one more than a multiple of five (6, 11, 16...): The order the hands throw in is counter-clockwise. Each throw is made by the next hand to the right of the hand that made the previous throw.
  • For a number of objects that is two more than a multiple of five (7, 12, 17...): Each throw is made by the hand that is two hands to the left of the hand that made the previous throw.
  • For a number of objects that is two less than a multiple of five (8, 13, 18...): Each throw is made by the hand that is two hands to the right of the hand that made the previous throw.
  • For a number of objects that is one less than a multiple of five (9, 14, 19...): The order the hands throw in is clockwise. Each throw is made by the next hand to the left of the hand that made the previous throw.
  • For a number of objects that is a multiple of five (10, 15, 20...): All five hands throw at the same time.
6 in 5 200

6 balls in 5 hands (a domino pattern)

7 in 5 200

7 balls in 5 hands

8 in 5 200

8 balls in 5 hands

9 in 5 200

9 balls in 5 hands

10 in 5 200

10 balls in 5 hands

11 in 5 200

11 balls in 5 hands

Another way to do five-handed patterns is for the hands to throw in the same order for all numbers, but throw to different hands depending on the number of objects. If the hands always throw in a counter-clockwise order, the hand that each hand throws to is...

  • For one more object than a multiple of 5: The next hand to the right.
  • For two more objects than a multiple of 5: Two hands to the right.
  • For two less objects than a multiple of 5: Two hands to the left.
  • For one less object than a multiple of 5: The next hand to the left.
  • For a multiple of 5: Itself.

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