Page 24 January 1982
by Bill Giduz, editor
Davidson, North Carolina
many balls could be juggled on the moon? The whole fascinating area of
"numbers" juggling touches on the state of the art. Every
interest group harbors a very small vanguard of practitioners who
defines its outer limits. That hard working, confident handful of
people blast right by the word "average" with just a little
practice. With a few years of improvement, they begin to rival the
reputations of legendary figures, eventually to become legends
IJA contains its vanguard of standouts, who show us the way at
convention competitions and during their unseen hours of private
practice in the year between them. Two decades ago, they juggled seven
balls; today they're trying seven clubs. Some work on eight, nine or
ten balls. None has worked out on the moon yet, but the mathematics of
1/6 gravity presents a chance to juggle more balls than a juggler has
fingers and toes. The next issue of JUGGLERS WORlD will feature
numbers jugglers, and explain how and why they developed their skill.
you missed the original telecast on December 2, there'll undoubtedly
be reruns next summer of Anthony Gatto's appearance on "That's
Incredible!" The 8-year-old winner of the IJA 's Juniors division
competition at the Cleveland convention was flown to California and
the segment filmed in August.
performance was flawless, and aired without editing, said Nick Gatto,
opened the show with a three ball routine, tossing them finally into
baskets he balanced on poles on his head. He returned later in the
show to juggle four and five balls, three clubs, and five rings. For a
finale, he repeated the five rings while standing on one leg and
spinning a sixth ring on the other leg. He finished by pulling all six
rings over his neck. At age eight, that's incredible!
IJA hopes to obtain a videotape of the show so that all members
attending next summer's convention in Santa Barbara, CA, can see it.
Already. the IJA has received videotapes of the "ABC Evening
News" and NBC "Today" show pieces about last summer's
again, I find the final page the toughest to fill. Preferring
editorship to authorship, I've postponed the writing of these Jottings
until it was the last page on the drawing board. Editing, typesetting
and laying out the information you folks send in is a challenge,
thrill and honor. Creating my own words for the back page is just
plain hard work! As a oneperson, after-hours production, JUGGLERS
WORLD can only appear with a lot of help. Take a minute to do your
part and send me news, story ideas, photos, and other artwork
pertaining to juggling.
at the Holiday Casino in Las Vegas, NV, on January 25.
until April at the Bal Harbor Sheraton in Miami Beach, FL. Shows at 9
and 11 p.m. six nights weekly.
February at Bally's Parle Place Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
MICHAEL ROY BALDRIDGE
30, Southfield, Ml (Genesis Convention) Jan. 31, Grand Rapids, Ml
(Mayflower Congregational Church)
ALLAN JACOBS & SLAP HAPPY
the following colleges: February 5, Vassar; 6, U. Rochester; 12, SUNY-Fredonia;
13, Rensellear; 16, E. Strousburg, PA; 18, Canton Ogdensburg; 19,
Plattsburg; March 3, Marist Poughkeepsie; 5, Binghamton; 8, Fulton
Montgomery and UticaRome; 23, Clarkson; 24 Cayuga; 26, RIT.
MY FAVORITE DAYS ARE WEDDING DAYS!
Steve and Mary Jo Hanor of Cincinnati, OH