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Drinking Deep from the Well of Juggling History with Thom Wall–A Book Review & Giveaway

After finishing my second read through of Thom Wall’s Juggling From Antiquity to the Middle Ages—the forgotten history of throwing and catching, the first thing that sprang to mind was Alexander Pope’s famous quotation, “A little learning is a dang’rous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.”  Speaking for myself, I will say that I have been walking around ignorant for all of my 21 years as a juggler. I fooled myself into thinking that I was a diligent student of the deep game, simply because I owned and had read all of Karl Heinz Zeithen’s works, or because I assiduously attended lectures given by Erik Aberg or David Cain.  A little learning is a dangerous thing indeed…
Before I go any further, I need to get a few things out there.  Mssrs. Zeithen, Aberg, & Cain bear no blame for my ignorance or mistaken beliefs when it comes to juggling facts and juggling history.  Their own singular works add nothing but quality knowledge and perspective to an otherwise overlooked and tiny niche of entertainment history. Second disclaimer. I am a friend and fan of Thom Wall. I have known him ever since he invited me to teach and perform at his St. Louis Juggling Festival in 2007.  He even thanks me in the Acknowledgements section of the book for helping him with one email about a Japanese translation. Okay, there. We’re good. Let’s get back to business.   Quite simply, very few juggling books attempt to be serious works of sch...
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Matt Hall

Known as the “Juggle Sensei”, Matt Hall has garnered several awards, including the International Jugglers’ Association Individuals silver medal, the IJA Peoples’ Choice Award, IJA Individual Prop Champion, and IJA Bobby May Award. He has performed, taught workshops, and emceed all over the U.S., as well as in Scotland, England, Australia, Israel, Canada, The Netherlands, Mexico, Germany, New Zealand and Denmark. Matt went on tour with Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam show as a paid instructor. He headlined the 2015 Newcastle Juggling Festival in Australia and paid a second and third visit in 2017 & 2018 to the Seattle Moisture Festival as a performer and emcee. Most recently, Matt has been invited to host the IJA 2019 Cascade of Stars and to emcee and teach workshops at the upcoming EJC 2019 in Britain. Matt has also been a full-time high school Japanese teacher for 19 years.