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Juggling for the Complete Klutz Paperback – Jan 1 2003

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  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Klutz; Pap/Toy edition (Jan. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932592007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932592002
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.4 x 6.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #703,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on July 29 2001
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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