books pdf Juggling - From Antiquity to the Middle Ages: the forgotten history of throwing and catchingAuthor Thom Wall –

As with dance, so with juggling the moment that the performer finishes the routine, their act ceases to exist beyond the memory of the audience There is no permanent record of what transpired, so studying the ancient roots of juggling is fraught with difficulty Using the records that do exist, juggling appears to have emerged around the world in cultures independent of one another in the ancient past Paintings in Egypt fromBCE show jugglers engaged in performance Stories from the island nation of Tonga place juggling s creation with their goddess of the underworld a figure who has guarded a cave since time immemorial Juggling games and rituals are pervasive in isolated Inuit cultures in northern Canada and Greenland Though the earliest representation of juggling is , years old, the practice is surely much older in the same way that humans were doubtlessly singing and dancing long before the first bone flute was created This book is an attempt to catalogue this tangible history of juggling in human culture It is the story of juggling, represented in art and writing from around the world, across time Although much has been written about modern jugglers specific performers, their props, and their routines little has been said about those who first developed the craft As juggling enters a golden age in the internet era, Juggling From Antiquity to the Middle Ages offers a look into the past to the origins of our art form

6 thoughts on “Juggling - From Antiquity to the Middle Ages: the forgotten history of throwing and catching

  1. Mr S Veale Mr S Veale says:

    At last, a decent and thorough dive into the history of this ancient art form Writing on juggling history has been largely confined to the photographic era with little information from before then Most jugglers have seen some ancient artwork depicting juggling but have no idea of the detail or context This book finally provides that.

  2. Jesse E. Joyner Jesse E. Joyner says:

    Thom Wall is a rare scholar practitioner in the field of juggling The world needs people like Wall who can bridge what is often a wide gap between the thoughtful study of the history of an art and the performance of the art itself In this work, Wall does an excellent job of interacting with primary sources as well as covering the global breadth of juggling history Like the skilled juggler he is in real life, Wall found a varied collection of texts from history about juggling and tossed them up into a beautiful pattern that displays the wonder of this mesmerizing art form.

  3. Harm van der Laan Harm van der Laan says:

    In one hundred pages, Wall paints a beautiful picture of the early developments of juggling as a practice, game and art form around the world In doing so it fills a huge gap in the knowledge of juggling history, and in passing offers fantastic insights in the early history of circus, the history of street performing and the status of circus in society from celebrated form of art to satanic criminal activity.I find it hard to think of ways this book could be improved, as it is both thoroughly enjoyable and academic in it s approach One can only hope for circus historical books that are as funny and well researched as this.

  4. Stephen Harrison Stephen Harrison says:

    I bought this book for some research purposes Not only did I enjoy it for the detailed history, but this was also just great pleasure reading Wall does a good job telling the story of juggling as a narrative, while also highlighting some interesting tensions like whether juggling still has an old connection to magic Recommend this book to fans of juggling and newbies alike.

  5. Eric Rowe Eric Rowe says:

    I enjoyed all of the juggling history tidbits The only thing I could say is that I had to read it in chunks rather than long sessions just because organizing by geography of ancient civilization could be a little jarring and trying to read than 2 3 sections at a time was hard to process That being said, I can t really say that organizing the information in a different way would be better.