Dave Finnigan

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Oliver Davis Finnigan 3rd

(1941-12-11) December 11, 1941 (age 82)
Alma materUniversity of California Berkley
  • Author
  • educator
  • social entrepreneur
Years active1976-present

Dave Finnigan (born Oliver Davis Finnigan 3rd in 1941) is an American author, educator, social entrepreneur. He is the founder of "Juggling for Success," an innovative educational program that he delivered under the persona of Professor Confidence.[1]

Early life and education

Finnigan's formative years were influenced by his grandfather, William R. Coyle (R), a three-term Pennsylvania US Congressman. In 1963, he completed his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Cornell University. He earned a Master of Public Health Education (MPH) from the University of California, Berkeley.

He served as a US Army Officer, achieving the rank of Captain after graduating from Airborne and Ranger schools. Following his discharge, he engaged in international consultancy work focused on Information, Education, and Communication, particularly within family planning initiatives in countries including, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, and Turkey.

Contributions to juggling and education

He established the "Juggling for Success" program.[2] In the late 1970s, Finnigan entered the commercial arena by designing and marketing a successful line of juggling props, branded "Jugglebug®".[3] This venture contributed significantly to making juggling more accessible and appealing as a recreational activity. The brand was later acquired by Sportime in 1994.[4]


Dave Finnigan has contributed significantly to the field of family planning through publications, including:

  1. "Within Family Planning – Korea" (Demography, 1968)[5]
  2. "Korea and Taiwan: Review of Progress in 1968" (Studies in Family Planning, 1969)[6]
  3. "Use of Postcards in Recruiting IUD Acceptors" (Studies in Family Planning, 1970)
  4. "Planning, Starting and Operating an Educational Incentives Project" (Studies in Family Planning, 1972)[7]
  5. "The Effects of a Population Text on Student Knowledge and Attitudes: Taiwan" (Family Planning Association of India, 1972)
  6. "Policy Guidelines for Collective Bargaining and Family Planning" (Studies in Comparative International Development, 1973)[8]
  7. "The role of Communication in Programs that Extend Beyond Family Planning" (East-West Center Communication Initiative, 1977)[9]

Juggling publications

Dave has also contributed significantly to the field of recreational juggling with the following books:

  1. "The Complete Juggler: All the Steps from Beginner to Professional" (January 1991, iSBN: 0-9615521-0-7)[10]
  2. "The Joy of Juggling" (January 1993, ISBN: 0-9615521-3-1)[11]
  3. "Juggling: From Start to Star" (October 2001, ISBN: 0-7360-3750-0)[12]
  4. "The Zen of Juggling" (August 2008, ISBN: 0-9615521-5-8)[13]

Recent publications

  1. "Green Actioneers Family Action Guide" (August 2023, ISBN: 978-1-880912-02-7)[14]


Dave Finnigan's work has garnered several accolades and awards. Notably, in July 1991, he was honored with the first Excellence in Education Award by the International Jugglers' Association|International Jugglers Association.[15] He also earned the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) from the National Speakers Association (NSA).[1]

Personal life

He is married to Thelma Finnigan (nee Cafino) from Cabangahan, Siaton, Negros Oriental, Philippines. The couple has three children - Davy, Dorothy, and Benjamin.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Dave Finnigan on All American Speakers".
  2. "Teachers Link Juggling to Improved Academic Skills".
  3. "Jugglebug". www.juggling.org. Retrieved 2023-10-11.
  4. "Dave Finnigan".
  5. Ross, John A.; Finnigan, Oliver D. (1968). "Within Family Planning--Korea". Demography. pp. 679–689. doi:10.2307/2060258. ISSN 0070-3370.
  6. Ross, John A.; Finnigan, Oliver D.; Keeny, S.M.; Cernada, George P. (1969). "KOREA AND TAIWAN: Review of Progress in 1968". Studies in Family Planning. pp. 1–11. doi:10.2307/1965097. ISSN 0039-3665.
  7. Finnigan, Oliver D.; Sun, T. H. (1972). "Planning, Starting, and Operating an Educational Incentives Project". Studies in Family Planning. pp. 1–7. doi:10.2307/1964713. ISSN 0039-3665.
  8. Finnigan, O. D.; Parulan, D. (1973). "Policy guidelines for collective bargaining and family planning". Studies in Comparative International Development. pp. 324–333. doi:10.1007/BF02800435. ISSN 0039-3606. PMID 12306650.
  9. "[PDF] The role of communication in programs that extend beyond family planning. Exercise book. by Worrall Rp, Finnigan Od R · 2619419397 · OA.mg".
  10. Finnigan, Dave (1987). The Complete Juggler. Vintage Books. ISBN 978-0-394-74678-4.
  11. Finnigan, Dave (1993). The Joy of Juggling. Mud Puddle. ISBN 978-1-59412-031-2.
  12. Finnigan, Dave; Finnigan, Dorothy; Finnigan, Ben (2002). Juggling: From Start to Star. Human Kinetics. ISBN 978-0-7360-3750-1.
  13. Finnigan, Dave (1993). The Zen of Juggling. Jugglebug. ISBN 978-0-9615521-5-2.
  14. Finnigan, Dave (2020-06-22). Green Actioneers Workbook: The Definitive Family Guide to Going Green. Green Actioneers. ISBN 978-1-880912-02-7.
  15. "Honorary Awards · IJA". IJA. Retrieved 2023-10-11.

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