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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: 6.4 x 13.2 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,714,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 book comes with juggling balls. It certainly would be nice if the description on amazon included this information. The balls that come with the book are soft and covered with a red velvet like material.
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I bought this book 20 years ago and I'm still juggling. The book was easy to follow & made it easy to learn. All it took was 5 - 10 minutes a day, but you'll find yourself juggling for longer once you get the bug.
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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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By Woofboy on Dec 12 2003
Format: Paperback
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. After a very detailed section on learning the basics on how to juggle (with will take from hours to days to actually do), the book tells you how to do a few tricks, as well as juggling 4 balls, 5 balls, and clubs. And best of all, it comes with free juggling bean bags that are really well made (I still have mine 10 years later).

The only problem with the book is that once you learn everything in the book, there isn't any tips after that besides from telling you that anything works and be creative. I did learn how to do everything described in the book (besides from juggling 5 balls), and I found that once you learn everything in it, the Complete Juggler by Dave Finnigan is a nice book to teach you more stuff once you learn the basics from this book.
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By A Customer on Nov. 15 2003
Format: Paperback
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. As another reviewer noted, the book is rather slight, but it does include all the essentials for getting started. It's a nice little investment for learning an unusual and entertaing skill; just make sure you have the patience to put in the hours you'll likely need to master the basics.
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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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