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.