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Albert Lucas
Albert Lucas
12-13 ring world record holder

Website

www.isjf.org

Highest numbers juggled

10 balls flashed
10 rings qualified (in competition)
12 rings qualified? (claim)
13 rings flashed
14 rings flashed? (claim)
7 clubs qualified

 Albert Lucas (born in 1960) is an American juggler known for his numbers juggling, juggling while ice skating, and promoting the sport of joggling.[1] He learned to juggle when he was three and started performing at age four.[2] Albert is the only person who has flashed 13 rings,[3] and the only person who has qualified 10 object toss juggling in competition.[4] Since 1988, the IJA has awarded the Lucas Cup, a trophy named after and designed by Albert Lucas, to the Individuals Stage champion each year.[5]

World records

Albert juggled 10 rings for 20 catches in the numbers competitions at the IJA Summer Festivals in 1996 (video) and 2002. That is the current record for numbers juggling with rings in competition.[4] It was also the world record for 10 rings[6] until Anthony Gatto did 25 catches in 2000.[7] Albert quickly regained the record with 26 catches,[8] but Anthony broke it again in 2001 with 27 catches,[9] and currently holds the world record for 10 rings with 47 catches.[10]

Albert currently holds the following world records, verified by JISCON:[3]

Unverified claims:

  • 12 rings: 24 catches[12]
  • 14 rings: 14 catches

Albert has claimed to have flashed 14 rings on video, but he didn't want to share the video because it didn't show the whole pattern.[11] In 2001,[13] he tried to set the record publicly on the BBC show Record Breakers, but gave up exhausted after trying 14 rings over 60 times.[14] In 2013, Albert showed a video of a 14 ring flash (with an edit in the middle) to jugglers at the Japan Juggling Festival.[15]

Albert Lucas 10 Ring Qualify

Albert Lucas 10 Ring Qualify

Albert qualifying 10 rings at IJA 1996

Competitions

Albert won the following IJA competitions.[16]

1970:

  • Numbers competition (7 rings for 61 seconds, at age 10)[17]

1984:

  • Stage: Individuals
  • Numbers: 7 objects
  • Numbers: 5 clubs
  • Numbers Challenge: Rings
  • Joggling: 100 meters

1988:

  • Joggling: Men's 1 mile

1994:

  • Joggling: Men's 100 meters
  • Joggling: Men's 1 mile

1996:

  • Numbers: Solo Rings
  • Joggling: Men's 100 meters
  • Joggling: Men's 1 mile

2000:

  • Joggling: 100 meters
  • Joggling: 400 meters

2002:

  • Numbers: Solo Rings
  • Joggling: 5 ball 100 meters

Alberts

Kit Summers' 1987 book, Juggling with Finesse, describes a club juggling trick where the clubs go between the legs from front to back while both feet stay on the ground. In his book, Kit named this trick after Albert Lucas, calling it "Alberts", because Albert was the first person he had seen doing that trick, although Albert was not the inventor of the trick.[18][19][20] Kit called a variation of this trick where the clubs go between the legs from back to front "Treblas" ("Trebla" is "Albert" spelled backwards).[21] In 2000 Jason Garfield, who disapproved of people giving Albert credit for a trick he didn't invent, introduced a new name for the trick, "crotch throws", and later the euphemism "body throws".[22]

References

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Lucas
  2. http://www.juggle.org/history/archives/jugmags/48-2/48-2,p21.htm
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://www.juggling.org/records/records.html
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://www.juggle.org/history/numbersrecords.php
  5. http://www.juggle.org/history/archives/jugmags/40-3/40-3,p12.htm
  6. http://web.archive.org/web/20000618075927/http://www.juggling.org/records/records.html
  7. http://web.archive.org/web/20000818120347/http://www.juggling.org/records/records.html
  8. http://web.archive.org/web/20010815193101/http://www.juggling.org/records/records.html
  9. http://web.archive.org/web/20060930205531/http://www.juggling.org/records/records.html
  10. http://www.juggling.org/records/records.html
  11. 11.0 11.1 https://groups.google.com/d/topic/rec.juggling/MkUy-vnrioI/discussion
  12. http://web.archive.org/web/20050119061550/http://www.bogleg.com/records/members.php?juggler=91
  13. https://groups.google.com/d/topic/rec.juggling/F9pn1xi4gw0/discussion
  14. http://www.sporttaco.com/rec.juggling/Lucas_14_rings_almostvideo_3336.html
  15. https://www.facebook.com/groups/JugglingHome/permalink/1520949798129631/?comment_id=1521196401438304
  16. http://www.juggle.org/champrules/championships.php
  17. http://www.juggle.org/history/archives/jugmags/48-2/48-2,p21.htm
  18. http://books.google.com/books?ei=aVFhTcrrN43PgAfnsPzHAg&ct=result&id=WuQOAQAAMAAJ&dq=%22albert+lucas%22+ice+capades+-records&q=albert+lucas#search_anchor
  19. http://www.juggle.org/history/archives/jugmags/36-1/36-1,p4.htm
  20. http://www.juggling.org/jb/jb38.html
  21. http://books.google.com/books?ei=aVFhTcrrN43PgAfnsPzHAg&ct=result&id=WuQOAQAAMAAJ&dq=%22albert+lucas%22+ice+capades+-records&q=trebla
  22. http://www.thewjfstore.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=63&product_id=76
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