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SYSK: Champion Juggler

by Danielle Wagner

EVANSDALE (KWWL) Props, practice, performance. That's what it takes to be a champion juggler.

22-year-old Doug Sayers of Cedar Rapids makes a living as a juggler. It's been his path and passion since he was a child.

"I was eight years old, and I went to an art show my sister had entered in to. So there were jugglers there as entertainment teaching kids how to juggle, and I picked it up pretty quick in about ten minutes or so," said Doug Sayers.

Sayers performs his routine across the country at juggling festivals and corporate events. In January, he performed at Poyner Elementary School in Evansdale with fellow juggler Dean Franzen of Cedar Falls.

Franzen has performed for 25 years. He met Doug Sayers when Doug was 12 years old.

"Doug's put a lot of work into it. He's one of the hardest working guys I know at juggling. He's really focused. Every time I see him he has new skills. I went from teacher to teachee pretty quickly," said Dean Franzen.

In 2009, Sayers performed for the International Jugglers Association. Only eight jugglers are accepted to perform live for a panel of judges, and Sayers won the competition.

Doug Sayers began juggling professionally right after he graduated high school in 2007. He said his goal is to keep improving.

"A year from now I hope to be touring Europe or doing something really exciting, maybe cruise ships," he said.

It can take anywhere from days to years to master a new trick. Sayers practices everyday for about three hours.

"There's form and technique that a lot of people don't notice. That's probably the hardest part. Not the actual juggling."

Sayers started his own company, What's Up Juggling, to get his career going. His mom also supports his career goals. She started Sport Juggling Company, which sells props for jugglers.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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