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Thom Wall ’05 Makes Learning to Juggle Easy with New Book

Thom Wall, a 2005 graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, has written a comprehensive guide to learning the art of juggling.

Juggling: What It Is and How to Do It was released on Aug. 31 and is available for purchase on Amazon.

“There are so many incredible books about juggling out there,” Wall said.

“I actually learned to juggle from a book back when I was 10 years old. My experience with juggling—that is, learning a physical skill from the written word—is what inspired me to write Juggling: What It Is and How to Do It.

Wall spent six years working on the book, which teaches the process of juggling through four modalities and is aimed toward both beginners and more advanced jugglers.

Wall uses humor and enthusiasm to teach one of the world’s oldest artforms, along with guest chapters written by other modern juggling masters.

What sets his book apart from other juggling texts, Wall says, is his thorough explanation of the ‘siteswap notation’ system of learning to juggle.

“Juggling technique has changed radically in the past 30 years,” he explained.

“If you set foot in any circus school around the globe, one of the first lessons in juggling you will have is about siteswap notation—a mathematical notation system that works like music notes. This concept, developed in the late 1980s, has been omitted from every text on juggling ever published.”

So far, critics and fellow circus arts performers have lauded the book as one of the best to teach juggling.

Wall has a wealth of experience in circus performing arts, having spent five years performing with Cirque du Soleil all over the world, and more recently, performances on cruise lines.

This is the second book he’s written, following Juggling: From Antiquity to the Middle Ages published in 2019.

You can learn more by visiting Thom Wall’s professional website or the book’s website.

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