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The Forgotten History of Throwing and Catching with Thom Wall

By propstothat

In this episode I speak to Cirque du Soleil alum and Master of Modern Vaudeville, Thom Wall! We sat down in the offices of the Cincinnati Circus Company during their annual weekend-long juggling festival to talk about his new book Juggling - From Antiquity to the Middle Ages: The Forgotten History of Throwing and Catching. He shared some highlights from his career with Cirque du Soleil and some of the hoops he had to jump through to get his book published. The book launches TODAY, March 15th, 2019 and you can pick up your copy right here on Amazon!Thom can be found on Facebook and on his website at thomwall.com!Also check out a Props to That! video highlight by Taylor Glenn of @taylortries!Our podcast and blog are on propstothat.ca. We would love to hear from you! If you are enjoying this podcast, you can review us on iTunes or become our Patron on Patreon! We appreciate your support! 1:58 – Episode Intro4:56 – Finding the name “Master of Modern Vaudville”7:27 – Working with Cirque du Soleil11:52 – Thom’s history with juggling history14:00 – Juggling history documentation that already exists16:25 – What IS juggling? Etymology and semantics18:45 – Bibliographies, editing, and (really interesting!) footnotes22:00 – Interpreting juggling history27:13 – Navigating publishing – from university presses to self-publishing33:09 – Writing the book. How to you put juggling history into a logical order? How do you document something that disappears?41:03 – Go buy the book "Juggling - From Antiquity of the Middle Ages"!44:31 – Bonus clip!

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