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Juggling for the Complete Klutz [Paperback]

B C Rimbeaux
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Jan. 1 2003 Klutz
Twenty-six years ago, we started the Klutz empire with this single title. More than two million copies later, it remains the premiere hands-on instructional tool of the trade. We’re proud to say we taught the nation how to juggle.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the bean bags June 3 2003
By Mark P
This is a nice little book, but the real value is that you get a decent set of juggling bean bags for a good price. The book does a nice job explaining the basic moves of juggling but the truth is that this all could be condensed to just a page or two. The majority of the book is a lot of filler; for example, the step in the learning process which dictates that you drop all the balls directly onto the floor. Other sections ramble needlessly about irrelevant topics, and there's a large section dedicated to juggling clubs (like bowling pins) which isn't very practical for a beginner, especially since clubs are expensive and not included with the book.
Certainly the book achieves what it claims to do, namely present a detailed description of the process of juggling, but this is no magic pill. Even after reading the book and learning the very simple steps required to juggle, the real work remains. The important points of the book, if you can discern them from amongst the many extraneous details, can be digested in ten or fifteen minutes. But it will take several hours of practice-- the book wisely recommends frequent but short practice sessions-- to see any real results.
The good news is that with a little dedication and a little coordination, anyone can learn to juggle. The learning process is frustrating at times, and the book really doesn't make it any less so, but at least you'll know you're doing it the right way. The included bean bags have a nice feel and a good weight, which certainly helps, and they alone make the book a worthwhile purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It delivers whatever it promises.. July 29 2001
I first read about how to juggle from the Internet but I couldn't find a set of juggling bags in my area. So I turned to this one.
The bags are more than adequate. A lot better than tennis balls when you don't have your own ball boy. I got what I expected. But the books happen to be more valuable than these bags. It is a fun to read, there are a lot of witty illustrations. Writing is easy to understand and get its points across. I started to get the feel of juggling by the fourth hour I practiced. By the seventh day I was able to do 3 balls circular juggling which is a very neat trick to impress your friends. It's that easy given you have a strong will.
After the normal 3 balls juggling becomes boring (believe me you'll have the same feeling), you'll find a few more tricks that will keep you busy for a few months, like 2 balls in one hand or 2 balls in each hand. Five balls juggling is also possible, though the author claimed no one had ever succeeded in less than three months of intensive practicing.
Juggling is no longer a spectator sport. It is about how you train your automatic pilot. Now I know what's in the juggler's mind. Good luck! ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars An amusing read but don't believe all the claims. Oct. 23 2000
I did indeed enjoy this book. The subject is approached with humor and simplicity. However, I went into this thinking (as others have claimed) that I'd be juggling away within minutes or, at most, an hour or two. Not so. Four days later and I'm still trying to master the basic cascade. Maybe it's an age thing or maybe I truly am a klutz. Whatever the reason, this book with its set of beanbags will get you on the road to the basics of juggling but don't expect to be able to join the circus next week. It may take some time to learn the basics but it will happen with patience and persistence. This book will help in that with its quirky humor. However, to learn more advanced juggling you will need a book like "The Complete Juggler" by Dave Finnigan. For those of us in the world who need a little extra help, I would recommend starting with scarves instead of beanbags. I would definitely recommend this book as a gift. It would make a great stocking stuffer for pre-teens, teens and young adults.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some design flaws can't mar great instruction Aug. 24 2000
The book will do what the liner notes suggest: teach a complete klutz how to juggle. By taking the book's instruction, someone who's never picked up a juggling ball in their lives can learn the basics quickly. The inclusion of bean bags adds significant value to the product. For a genuinely modest price, you can give someone the complete ability to start juggling immediately.
But it fails novice jugglers in at least two ways. Most importantly, it's not really made to be used while you're trying to juggle. It's too small to lay flat on a table. Other juggling books know that you need to read them WHILE you're juggling and so have either ring-bound them or made them magazine size. Also, I'm not crazy about the illustrations. Sometimes they're clear enough, but often, the black and white printing of line drawings doesn't really show you where your juggling objects should be in three dimensions.
Still, this fault is more than made up for by an engaging, clear writing style. The instructions are highly understandable, and the text is large enough to read from a distance. Thus, though I think the book could do with a few, essentially cosmetic changes, it's a great first step.
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I learnt to juggle in the early 80's from this book, and since then I've bought it for half a dozen friends aged from 9 to 40, and recommended it to dozens more. I'm as klutzy as they come: no coordination, awkward, two left feet--but this book had me juggling in thirty minutes. No kidding. Only three or four tosses, but I was hooked, and by the end of the week my back ached (from picking up dropped balls!) and I could juggle for as long as I wanted.
Cassidy and Rimbeaux give four basic steps to learning: The Drop, The Toss, The Exchange, and The Jug. As they make clear, the toss and exchange are really all there is to it. The fact is that juggling three balls is *much* more straightforward than it seems, and this book does a terrific job of breaking it down into pieces in such a way that it seems obvious. Last week I bought a copy for the son of a friend of mine, and the clerk asked me if the book was good. By the time she'd finished running my credit card, I'd explained to her the basic steps. It really is that simple.
It's that simple, and this book can take a lot of the credit for making it that simple. Oh, there's more in the book than those four steps--they talk about common problems, how to juggle four and even five balls, juggling with two people, and lots of cool tricks. But the fun part is getting those first three balls up there, and keeping them there.
Actually the fact that there's so much about tricks in a 75 page book tells you there's not much to learn to juggle three balls. All you need to know you get in the first 20 pages. But it will keep you (and your friends!) entertained for the rest of your life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You should know....
I gave this book to my son-in-law for Christmas. He was reading it and seemed to like it. After I ordered the book I went out and bought juggling balls and then to my surprise the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Carolyn VanHoevelaak
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm still a klutz, but I can juggle.
I bought this book 20 years ago and I'm still juggling. The book was easy to follow & made it easy to learn. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2011 by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars You can juggle...
This book is the best way to learn how to juggle. I've looked at other book's sections on learning the basics, but they don't compare to this book. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2003 by Woofboy
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Does Help
I used this handy book to learn juggling as a kid. Like riding a bicycle, I can, more than a few years later, still pick up three small objects and juggle away. Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Juggling For the Complete Klutz
This is such a great book to learn to juggle with. One night i decided i wanted to be able to juggle so i bought this book. In a matter of days i had learned to juggle. Read more
Published on May 13 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to learn to juggle, this is the book for you!!
I'm buying this book for my 9 year old cousin because I used it to learn to juggle when I was her age. This book takes you step by step through the process and ACTUALLY WORKS!! Read more
Published on Dec 6 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars What Fun!
When I was an undergrad, a bunch of my friends and I wanted to to become Juggling Ministers. We spent ten bucks on minister licenses from an ad in the back of Rolling Stone and... Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2002 by Watermelon Meow Meow
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm sherrie - I'm a juggler
For the modest investment of this book you get all you need to become an honest to God juggler, amazing family and friends and risking breakables throughout the house. Read more
Published on July 1 2002 by Sherrie L. Farabee
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best
I used this book and the beanbags to learn to juggle two years ago. The book is lots of fun and the beanbags are easy to learn with. Read more
Published on March 22 2002 by Mark C. Kipf
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I am a Complete Klutz!
I received this book with the 3 beanbag cubes from my children for Christmas several years ago. Much to my surprise (and to their delight), I found that I was able to juggle using... Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2001 by Al Bennett
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