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Juggling for the Complete Klutz (30th Anniversary Edition)

John Cassidy (Author)

Reading Level: Ages 8 and up

Availability: In stock



Publisher: Klutz

Release Date: January 1, 1970

Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces

Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 2.4 x 8.5 inches


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Unlike the rest of us, Klutz's flagship title keeps getting better with age. Klutz spiffed up the outside with a shiny foil cover, reupholsterd the juggling cubes in plush red velour, and included a purple velour storage bag. This is the classic that made all others possible. These are the world's most user-tested juggling directions, taking readers from the absolute beginning (Step One: The Drop) all the way to Five-Object Juggling. The instructions are friendly, humorous and so understandable they set a still-current industry standard for anyone-can-do-it clarity. Juggling is great for improving gross motor function, concentration and hand-eye coordination!

3 aerodynamically sound bean bags and a storage bag.

About Klutz:
Klutz was incorporated in 1977 in Palo Alto, California, by three friends from Stanford University. They began by selling sidewalk juggling lessons along with a trio of no-bounce bean bags. A week's effort earned the group $35. "It was then we realized the sky was the limit."

John Cassidy, the English major of the group, put the instructions in book form and titled it Juggling for the Complete Klutz. Darrell Lorentzen, the business major, wrote up the original business plan and the other partner, B.C. Rimbeaux, was assigned the task of getting a bank loan. Mr. Rimbeaux was a psychology major.

The first 3,000 books were distributed via bicycle and backpack, and sales grew from there. "It really was a failed scam," explains Cassidy, who remains the creative force of the company. "Our dream was to do a book on juggling, sell a bazillion in a couple of days, buy an island and retire. It didn't work out. After a year of steady, unspectacular sales, we found ourselves staring down the barrel of a career."

Today, how-to books from Klutz come packaged with the tools of their trade (from juggling cubes to face paints to yo-yos), and are designed for doing, not just reading. "We think people learn best through their hands, nose, feet, mouth and ears. Then their eyes. So we design multi-sensory books," Cassidy says.