In the UK, Brighton based music artist Fatboy Slim decided to host a video competition based on his last single, “That Old Pair of Jeans.” There was really only one criteria – that the video include juggling. Entries came from far and wide and after a great deal of deliberation they were finally able to narrow the contestants down to eleven finalists. While you might think ten would have been a more logical number, there was one entry that had made the finalists that came along for the ride, surprising in the fact that it didn’t have any juggling in it at all. It was an entry entitled “Hula Girl.”
What was the entry all about and who was responsible for it? It was an entry submitted by Steve Glashier featuring a rather incredible hooper making her way throughout the countryside. Who was the mysterious hooper captivating the judges and video competition viewers? Her name is Angie Humphries and she’s an Australian hooper, currently living in Brighton, England. When and why did she leave Australia? Angie says, “I left my sunny Queensland shores and fabulous community based circus troupe ‘The Anti-Matter Trash Queenz’ in August of 2004 with a one way ticket, my backpack and a stack of hoops over my shoulder to travel the world in search of love, circus and who knows what else!”
Needless to say, she has certainly found a giant helping of “what else” – or more appropriately the “what else” found her. Having been spotted hooping at a local festival, Glashier contacted her about appearing in his “That Old Pair of Jeans” juggling video competition entry. How did the filming go? Angie explains, “It was a beautiful sunny day, but the wind made it extremely hard for the camera and the hooping.” It certainly doesn’t show.
By now you’re probably wondering, well, how did “Hula Girl” wind up doing in the competition? While the winner of the contest was actually Gus Tate, and you can catch his video here, Fatboy Slim decided to give a special ‘non juggling’ award, crowning it the “Non-Juggling Winner.” Even though the video didn’t “strictly adhere to the rules, … Fatboy loved it so much he thought it deserved recognition.” We think it deserves plenty of recognition too – so why not take a few minutes out to view it for yourself.