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Three-handed patterns can be done by passing between two people, with one of them using both hands and the other only using one hand, or by passing between three people, with each of them only using one hand. There are three basic patterns you can use, depending on how many objects you're juggling. In these patterns every throw should be the same height, and each hand always throws to the next hand to the right (or each hand always throws to the next hand to the left if you decide to do it in the other direction), so if one person is using both hands and passing right-handed, the objects go around in a circle counter-clockwise.

  • For a number of objects that is one more than a multiple of three (4, 7, 10...): One hand throws at a time, and the order of the hands is the same as the direction the objects are going. If the objects are thrown from one hand to the next hand in a counter-clockwise order, the throwing order for the hands is counter-clockwise (left hand, right hand, partner's hand).
  • For a number of objects that is one less than a multiple of three (5, 8, 11...): One hand throws at a time, and the order of the hands is the opposite of the direction the objects are going. If the objects are thrown from one hand to the next hand in a counter-clockwise order, the throwing order for the hands is clockwise (right hand, left hand, partner's hand).
  • For a number of objects that is a multiple of three (6, 9, 12...): All three hands throw at the same time.
4 in 3 200

4 balls in 3 hands

(a domino pattern)

5 in 3 200

5 balls in 3 hands

6 in 3 200

6 balls in 3 hands

SiteswapsEdit

Vanilla siteswaps can be interpreted as three-handed patterns. If you do a siteswap with the hands throwing in a counter-clockwise order, any number that is one more than a multiple of three is a throw that goes to the next hand to the right, any number that is one less than a multiple of three is a throw that goes to the next hand to the left, and any number that is a multiple of three is a throw that comes back to the same hand that threw it.

A 0 is a beat with an empty hand, a 1 or a 2 is an object handed straight into another hand, a 3 is a pause with an object held in the hand, and any higher number should be thrown to the same height you would throw if you were doing the basic three-handed pattern for that number of objects at the same speed you're doing the siteswap.

552 in 3 200

552

744 in 3 200

744

64 in 3 200

64

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