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Matthew is an interesting story. When I named it as part of the Hurricane Series, I didnít realize that I was re-inventing the wheel. It turns out that what I called Matthew is actually Funky Mills Mess (a variation of Mills Mess where under-the-arm throws become over-the-arm throws and vice versa). To my knowledge, itís the only trick Iíve named that has turned out to already exist, so I donít think itís too much of a failure. Regardless, I aim to teach you Matthew.

You can teach tricks in different ways. Since the tricks in the Hurricane Series are conceived as original, Iíll teach Matthew as if it were from scratch. For example, I could teach Burkes Barrage as either a completely new idea, or I could teach it as 423 Mills Mess. Iíll teach Matthew as if it were a completely new idea. That saidÖ

Version 1.0
1) Juggle a three ball cascade. (Enjoy it nowóthis is the only easy part there is.)
2) With your RH, throw the ball to the right.
3) Make a normal LH throw (arcing towards your RH), then
4) Swing your LH under your RH to catch the ball you threw in Step 2. While in that position,
5) Throw the ball in your RH as a normal cascade throw by having it go to the left and to the inside of the ball in the air.
6) Throw the ball in your LH straight up, then
7) Unswing your LH to normal position and catch the ball coming in.
8) Throw a RH cascade throw, catch the one falling from the right, and continue the cascade.

Learn this on both sides. Itís a fun trick in itself; I think Gillson covers it (or something similar) in Beyond the Cascade. Now to make it hard core:

Version 2.0
When your LH makes the straight up under-the-arm throw, it gives you a chance to go back into the cascade. Why donít we eliminate the whole cascade section and just focus on the under-the-arm catching and throwing?
1) Juggle the cascade.
2) With your RH, throw the ball to the right.
3) Make a normal LH throw (arcing towards your RH), then
4) Swing your LH under your RH to catch the ball coming down. While in that position, 5) Throw the ball in your RH as a normal cascade throw going to the left and to the inside.
6) This is where it gets interesting. If we wanted to start immediately on the other side of the pattern, then we would have to have the LH throw to the left, so that the RH could swing under it, etc. That looks like a problem since right now our LH is tied up under our RH. However, if we throw it to way to the left anyway, then that will start on the other side, which is exactly what we wanted. So, throw the ball in your LH as a long arc to the left side of the pattern, going over the ball in the air.
7) Unswing your LH so your hands are normally aligned, then catch the ball coming down. The ball you threw in the last step should also be coming down, but headed to the left of your LH.
8) Throw a normal RH throw. Now weíve started doing Matthew on the other side. The next step is to

9) Swing your RH under your LH and catch the falling ball. While in that position,
10) Make a normal LH cascade throw (and catch the ball coming down in your LH, of course).
11) Now itís time for the tricky throw again. Weíre going to skip going back to the cascade by throwing the ball in your RH as an under-the-arm throw going to the far right. 12) Unswing your RH and catch the balling coming down. The one you just threw should be coming down to the right of your hand.

Now youíre back to where we started. Continue with a regular LH cascade throw, then swing that hand under your RH to catch the ball coming down.

If you donít fiddle with the pattern, you canít even tell that itís a variation of Mills Mess. Play with it the shape of it enough, though, and youíll find the U-ball and other parts.

Matthew is a great pattern; if you want to see what it looks like you can check out the video. Of course you could always just learn it from what I said and hope that youíre right. But Iíd watch the video too. :)

-Will Penman