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Long Distance Program Helps Callers & IJA
you like to save money on your phone bill and help the IJA at the same
time? You can do that by taking advantage of a new long distance phone
discount program being offered by the IJA through Agency Services USA.
Agency Services USA is a long distance buying group utilizing high-quality AT&T, MCI, US Sprint, LCI and Metromedia networks. Because Agency Services is an agent for multiple carriers, they do the "comparison shopping" for long distance services for you. You get straight facts, not sales pitches. Also, because of their group buying power, they can offer business rates formerly reserved only for Fortune 500 companies.
can save 10-50 percent on your current long distance charges without
sacrificing quality. Agency Services will analyze your current phone
bill and advise you on the most economical carrier and plan (available
in the continental USA) for your situation. Paul Kyprie, IJA board
member, highly recommends the program, saying, "It cut my phone
bill in half. I'm saving $1,500 a year."
will also receive at no charge an exclusive group calling card that
will save you up to 50 percent on your current major carrier calling
program also includes a fundraising feature for the IJA, so your
gain is the organization's gain as well. To subscribe to the program,
call Agency Services consultant Karen McDowell or mail a copy of your
phone bill directly to her at Whitmore Lake MI.
summer's IJA festival will be August 9-14 on the campus of the
University of Vermont in Burlington. Several people have already
volunteered to help festival organizer Ginny Rose with the massive job
of staging the event. They include Brady Brown, who will serve as IJA
auctioneer. If you've got juggling memorabilia, photos, equipment or
posters you'd like to donate to the cause, please send them to Brady at
Binghamton NY 13501.
Berliners Fete Gatto's 12 Ring Feat and Brits Film
Record Breaker for TV
Gatto became the toast of Berlin on June 22 when a room full of
spectators and media representatives at the Wintergarten Variety Theatre
watched him successfully flash 12 rings.
20-year-old Gatto appeared at the Wintergarten in June and July as the
finale act in the show "Salso vitale" before returning to Las
Vegas. He was featured regularly in the entertainment trade press during
his stay, receiving plaudits such as "Where the legendary Rastelli
stopped, Anthony Gatto goes on."
of the top variety acts of all times have appeared at the famed 450-seat
Berlin theatre. Their pictures and memorabilia line the walls of the
lobby. Among the items are part of Houdini's prop trunk and pictures and
props of Enrico Rastelli.
thrilled crowds nightly with his precision technical juggling. His act
included a wide variety of five ring tricks, work with three clubs and a
ball, seven rings with a pirouette, nine rings with a pulldown over his
head and juggling five clubs over his head. He had also been flashing 10
rings in the show for about a month when the plan for the
record-breaking attempt came about.
was initiated by juggling archivist and author Karl-Heinz Ziethen, who
wanted a picture of Anthony with 12 rings for the new edition of his
book, 4,000 Years of Juggling. Anthony had only tried 12 a halfdozen
previous times, and had only slight practice with six in each hand.
Despite that, when the Wintergarten management heard of Ziethen's plan,
they turned it into a major media event.
100 people were present when Anthony came on stage at 3 p.m. He flashed
11 rings on his second try and then picked up a twelth, keeping 10 in
his hands and two in holsters at his sides. It took about 20 minutes to
get the pattern right under the room's 21-foot ceiling, but on the 14th
try he managed to
throw and catch them all in that pressure-packed forum. Anthony said
later that the crowd was helpful, "It was better to have people in
the audience. I work better under that kind of pressure."
Gatto, his father and assistant on stage, reported that "People
broke into applause and they handed him a bottle of champagne. Everyone
came up to hug him, and that night they had big party for the whole show
in Anthony's honor."
record is only the latest of many for Anthony. In 1986 he became the
first person to juggle eight clubs. In 1989 at the IJA festival in
Baltimore he set a new Guinness world records with five clubs juggled
more than 45 minutes, with seven balls for four minutes, with seven
clubs one minute and with eight rings one minute. Since then Guinness
has trimmed its juggling listings, and Anthony was listed in the 1992
edition of the book for only four records - eight clubs flashed, seven
clubs juggled, seven torches and five club duration.
Gatto's successful attempt, Guinness listed Albert Lucas as the only
person to flash 12 rings, so Anthony might now be listed as co-holder of
that record as well. Anthony says the he's not through yet, though.
figured out a way to do 13, maybe!" he confided.
claimed to break a Guinness record of his own this summer, juggling in
Busch Gardens auditorium on July 28 before cameras for the BBC
television show "Record Breakers." At that time he did eight
plates for 18 throws, thus bettering the plate record of a flash, which
Guinness said he co-held with Rastelli. Lucas gripped in his hands six
of the plates, which were five-ounce everyday platters used by diners at
the Festhaus Busch Gardens, and had two velcroed to his pants.
1992 Guinness listed both Rastelli and Lucas for eight plates, but made
no distinction of the feat as a flash. However, previous editions had
noted that the record applied to a flash. The 1992 edition also listed
Lucas as either holder or co-holder of three other records: 7 clubs
juggled; 10 balls; and 12 rings (flashed).
had warmed up for that record by setting another one earlier in the day
- joggling the 400-meter hurdles in 1:07, accompanied by 1992 Olympic
bronze medalist Kris Akabusi, who was host of the TV program. The 1991
Guinness book listed Lucas' old record as 1:10.37, set in 1989, but no
joggling records were listed in the 1992 book. Lucas juggles on ice
skates five times a day, seven days a week for the "Around the
World on Ice" show at Busch Gardens.
to Karl-Heinz Ziethen for contributions to this article)
for exercise and get credit for it!
track of the number of miles you run while juggling beginning Nov. 1 and
when you reach 50 miles send us your joggling log. We'll send you an
award button and challenge you to try for another. We can only award
credit for three miles per day, no matter how many you run. Send your
results to Bob Neuman; Arlington TX. Call him for more information.
Albert Lucas becomes a record breaker with eight plates.
Anthony with 12 rings in the air (K. Sommerfeld photo)