Page 14 March 1982
Bill Giduz, editor
Dietrich, a long-time IJA member and solid seven ball juggler,
expressed the dilemma of numbers juggling in one sentence. . 'When
people ask me what the hardest thing is to do in juggling," he
said, "I reply, 'one more object'. ..
idea of recognizing world records for numbers of objects juggled helps
people stake out their spot in the hierarchy of talent, and gives a
few ambitious ones a goal. But for the most part it is an exercise in
journalistic history. For every scrap of confirmed fact on numbers
juggling that you find below, several more have surely disappeared.
statement of records no more represents the truth than the decision of
guilt or innocence by a jury. The darkest cloud fogging the whole
issue is simply the question of how many tosses it takes for a juggler
to claim to have juggled 'x' objects. JUGGLERS WORLD makes no attempt
to tackle that one.
the urge that drives jugglers to try new tricks, new props and more
objects piques their curiosity about the limits of the exercise . We
hope the information below answers a few questions... and raises a
this age, we expect higher jumps over a bar, faster sprints down the
track and longer distances with objects thrown, and get them at a
the pace is much slower in regards to juggling records. Enrico
Rastelli, who juggled 10 balls, is commonly acknowledged as world
record holder even now, 50 years after his death.
It also appears that Sergei Ignatov's record of 11 rings may stand for quite a while. In his act with the Moscow Circus, Ignatov made 22 throws with 11 rings and finished by pulling all of them sequentially over his head! He was said to think 13 rings was possible, but we may never see proof of that from him because of shoulder problems.
are presently at least six people who reportedly juggle seven clubs,
which is considered a world record for that prop. They are Eugene
Belaur and Albert Petrovski of
are the commonly recognized record holders. But other shadows lurk in
the Great Hall. Juggling history is sketchy, and people just as
accomplished as those mentioned above may have slipped through the
cracks. 4000 Years of Juggling by Karl-Heinz Ziethen,
mentions a German woman named Jenny Jaeger who reportedly performed
with 10 balls for a year, until her father forbade her to continue
because of the long practice time required.
Rastelli's ball record is not unchallenged. Frank LeDent of
Ignatov himself would certainly respect Freddy Zay, a German who
juggled 10 rings in the 1930s and '40s while riding a unicycle. At the
IJA's first convention in
(Above) The late Bobby May did five on camelback, but Truzzi tells us of Briaton, who did seven while standing on a moving horse's back!
(left) Jim Strinka, IJA nine ball juggler, warms up with seven at the Cleveland convention.
(Strinka photo by Roger Dollarhide, May photo by Kit Summers)