Juggling for the Complete Klutz Paperback – Jan 1 2003
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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.
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! ...
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.
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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Perfect! Purchased for nephew the day he was born! Looking forward to teaching this little fella as soon as he is ready.Published 12 months ago by Patricia Truesdale
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 morePublished on Jan. 3 2014 by Carolyn VanHoevelaak
I bought this book 20 years ago and I'm still juggling. The book was easy to follow & made it easy to learn. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2011 by Rob
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 morePublished on Dec 12 2003 by Woofboy
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 morePublished on Nov. 15 2003
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 morePublished on May 13 2003
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 morePublished on Dec 6 2002
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