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JWS Opens Its European Hub

You may be aware that Max, the Managing Director of JWS Europe Ltd,  has just moved with his family to live full time in Lithuania. The weather is beautiful there and his daughter is very happy at her new school. Everyone has been very welcoming, kind and friendly.   JWS Read more…

Gwynedd European Bubble Festival

Staff from JWS Europe Ltd were lucky enough to attend the European Bubble Festival in Gwynedd recently. As reported by the BBC, this event was an awe-inspiring opportunity for all fans of bubbles to come together and share their latest techniques, sculptures and tricks. Amongst a weekend of high-lights were Read more…

European Juggling Convention 2018

Every year, the EJC (European Juggling Convention) is an opportunity for the juggling, circus and performing arts communities to come together and share their enjoyment of skill props through collaboration, workshops and performances.

 

Traditionally JWS Europe has used this as an opportunity to give juggling performers and amateurs a ‘sneak peak’ at the new props being developed by some of our favourite brands, but this year we left the trade stand behind and went to visit the manufacturers themselves (and in the meantime we saw some pretty great juggling and got inspired about new industry trends – we couldn’t believe how much acro balance we saw happening – certainly a trend to watch and made us want to build our muscles to the extent we could properly use the Gora Acro Staff).  Below are our highlights from the beautiful Ribeira Grande, Azores EJC 2018 and a link to Luke Burrage’s video documentation – well worth a watch!

 

 

We were lucky enough catch Jay Gilligan’s stylish and skilful show which this year involved interesting sequences with juggling balls with strings attached. Jay has always kept us on our toes (remember him juggling with shopping bags?) As always, Jay is pushing the boundaries and ideas of what juggling can be.  By juggling balls of yarns, letting them unravel to reveal bags of glitter and confetti, we were inspired by how everyday objects can be used as fantastic props. Other highlights from the Gala show can be found below.

 

 

JWS staff love any opportunity to juggle (and pass clubs in particular). The juggling games workshop we attended explored ways to improve  flow in juggling and passing. One of the techniques we’ve taken how was throwing and catching with floppy arms – actually harder than it sounds!

 

The prop we were most excited about was the new Henrys HiX-Ball 62mm. As with all Henry’s props, this manufactured to the highest possible standards in Germany – and in fact this is the  first PVC-Free Juggling ball of its kind! The Henry’s team told us that it took  years of testing and material sampling to get the right TPU for an amazing juggling ball. The production of TPU is both costly and complicated, but thanks to Henry’s team extensive knowledge of manufacturing diabolos, yo-yos and clubs Henry’s developed a way to keep these balls affordable. They still had to develop a whole new filling and welding process to bring the product up to their requires standards – a great example of Henry’s dedication to juggling prop perfection.

 

 

We have just launched the HiX-Ball on JWS Europe’s B2B (expect to see it rolling out across juggling retailers in the next few weeks). It is tightly filled with polenta and has an approximate weight of 95g – Size: 62mm

 

We always love fight night and the diabolo battles at EJC and this year was no exception – you can go read about the results for the event over here. One of our favourite diabolo performers has always been Ronnie Slowinski. From the age of 12 he has been pushing multiple diabolo play to the next level and it’s always fascinating to see where he is pushing the sport. Ultimately this year’s winner was 彭湛 (Pen Zen) and this was the first time (to our knowledge) we had seen a 5 low run  maintained on stage,. A huge congratulations from us at JWS. 

 

Overall, an incredible venue for this year’s event and one we’d happily do all over again. Next year the EJC returns to England – and you best believe we’ve got some special tricks up our sleeves for that one.

 

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London Book Fair 2018

The JWS team exhibited at this year’s London Book Fair. Held at the historical Olympia Exhibition Centre, this fair was an opportunity for publishers, retailers and book lovers to come together and share insights in the book industry, as well as forecasting new trends and throwing a light on up-and-coming Read more…

Updated Bank Details – JWS

JWS Europe Ltd has updated it’s bank account details for EURO and USD transactions. If you are a customer of JWS Europe and make bank transfers in either Euros or USD to us, please contact your sales rep to discuss these changes. Many thanks

Trade Show Season 2018

With the busy Christmas season behind us, the JWS Europe team has begun looking forward to the upcoming trade shows in our 2018 calendar. This year we will be exhibiting at more shows than ever before. In Q1 – 2018 you can find us: 23rd January – 25th January – Read more…

Independent Toy Awards Winner

JWS Europe Ltd is proud to announce that it’s entrant to the Independent Toy awards was succesful. The V-Sphere was announced as an official winner this week. The V-Sphere was commended as the next innovative step in hand-held puzzles. We’re very happy that V-Sphere recieved this recognition as a truly Read more…

ToyMaster Approved Supplier

JWS Europe Ltd is happy to announce that we are an approved ToyMaster Supplier. If you belong to the ToyMaster family and are interested in sourcing a variety of leading skill and activity toy brands, why not contact our sales team to discuss how we can best meet your requirements. Read more…

Introducing The V-Sphere

JWS Europe LTD is proud to announce that we are the exclusive UK distributors for the new V-Sphere puzzle. This beautiful looking, innovative puzzle is a patented design by the award winning team at V-Cube. Have a closer look at the V-Sphere Here. 8 coloured segments are surrounded by corresponding Read more…