LaGrange, GA, USA, 7 Oct 2006
- Finger jousters sweat and shoppers stared in awe during the World
Finger Jousting Federation's second event, the Majigger at the Mall.
Held in the LaGrange Mall in LaGrange, Georgia, the event was chosen
to be for leisure jousting, socialization among finger jousters,
and public relations. Pedestrains and those in the audience were
able to witness many exciting finger jousting matches and learn
a lot about finger jousting and its international governing body.
The event was held in a shopping
mall to attract shoppers and pedestrians walking by. The LaGrange
Mall also provided the WFJF with a sufficient amount of room, stage,
table, chairs, and storage facility. Mud Creek Graphics, the current
bumper sticker provider for the federation, designed the banner
for the event and made a select number of pre-released WFJF t-shirts
to coincide with the Majigger at the Mall. Photography was provided
by cKw Photography, and videography was provided by local cameraman,
Opening the event, Ben "Top
Gun" North introduced the event host, Julian Gluck, the Lord
of the Joust and president of the WFJF. The Lord of the Joust spoke
about the purpose of the event and narrated the opening finger jousting
demonstration on the basics featuring Ben "Top Gun" North
and Josh "Darth Bob" Kinder. Both demonstrators are seasoned
finger jousters, official members of the WFJF, members of the online
forum, and veterans of the Informal Cinco de Mayo Leisure Jousting
Social Event held on May 5th of the same year.
the course of the event, a table was set up left of the stage where
patrons could learn more about finger jousting and the federation
through reading materials and a laptop showing images of finger
jousting. Applications were available for official membership, and
a five dollar raffle for two pre-released t-shirts; these were eventually
won by Dylan Hall and Clark Klinkenberg. A special guest at the
event was Bobby Patrick, an unsung legend in the world of finger
jousting, whose arena name, "Bobbo," became the namesake
of the bobbo lance, one of the most commonly used finger jousting
The matches during the Majigger
at the Mall were marked with surprise and splendor as official members
and non-official members from the audience challenged each other
and were paired up. The matches were either of the quick play, point
play (to three), or point play (to six) variants. Notable finger
jousters in matches included Ben "Top Gun" North, Josh
"Darth Bob" Kinder, Bobby "Bobbo" Patrick, Tyler
Davis, and Julian "Lord of the Joust" Gluck. Others included
the likes of Doug "Segal" Bassett, Sonny Cavalcante, Justin
"Gandhi" Facille, Dylan Hall, Colin "Freeman"
Thompson, Jordan "The Mack" Woodie, Will Murphy, Brandon
Mays, and Emily Palmer.
The matches had many surprising
twists and turns, and one even had Darth Bob execute a new move,
involving an entire backward
fall during a bobbo lance, unnamed as of now, against Top
Gun. Others matched up seasoned veterans against new competitors
with surprising results. Even the Lord of the Joust had to get in
the action against the technique tactition, Darth Bob.
However, the focus of the event
was not competition but public relations, and in that, the WFJF
succeeded. Due to the help of the event's sponsors, photographer,
and videographer, the federation collected an excellent amount of
multimedia to be used on FingerJoust.com and for future events.
The videography, once fully compiled and edited, will be sent to
various internet and television syndicates for use. The pre-released
t-shirts shown at the Majigger at the Mall are to be made available
in the upcoming months following the event.
In statements following the event,
the Lord of the Joust had this to say: "[The Majigger at the
Mall] was a big success, and the [pictures and video] from the event
will be very beneficial to us [the federation]. This would not have
been possible without the help of our event sponsors and our official
members. We had some great matches and great moments there . . .
and I'm glad I was a part of it."
Below are fifteen of the most memorable
photos taken at the event; you can click on the thumbnails to bring
up larger versions of the photos:
Further information from:
WFJF Media Department