Anthony Gatto
Anthony Gatto.jpg
7-10 ring world record holder

Websites

www.anthonygatto.com
YouTube: Anthony Gatto

Highest numbers juggled

9 balls solid
10 balls flashed
10 balls qualified? (claim)
10 rings qualified
11 rings qualified? (claim)
12 rings flashed
8 clubs qualified

 Anthony Commarota (born April 14, 1973), known by his stage name Anthony Gatto,[1][2][3] is an American juggler who is regarded as the most skilled juggler in the world.[4] He was voted the world's most popular juggler in Luke Burrage's Top 40 Jugglers poll in 2003 and 2005,[5][6] and he has been in the top 40 every year since the chart began in 2003 except 2016, 2019, and 2020.[7] He is the only juggler who has ever won the Golden Clown award at the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo.[8]

Anthony was born in Manhattan, New York, and grew up in Ellicott City, Maryland.[9] He started juggling when he was about four years old, and was coached by his stepfather, Nick Gatto.[1][10] He won the IJA Junior Championship at the age of eight in his first year competing.[9][11] Anthony began performing professionally in Las Vegas at age ten. He has performed in the Cirque du Soleil shows Kooza (2007-2009) and La Nouba (2010-2012).[12][13]

Anthony has quit juggling[14] and now runs a concrete resurfacing business,[1][15] which he started in August 2012.[16][17][18]

World records[edit | edit source]

Records verified by JISCON:[19]

  • balls: 1 minute and 13 seconds in 2006 (video)
  • 9 balls: 54 seconds in 2006 (video)
  • 7 rings: 15 minutes and 6 seconds in 2006 (video)
  • 8 rings: 1 minute and 17 seconds in 1989 (video)
  • 9 rings: 235 catches in 2005 (video)
  • 10 rings: 47 catches in 2005 (video)

Records with publicly available video evidence:

Isolation[edit | edit source]

  • 8 rings isolated: 125 catches in 2011 (video)
  • 9 rings isolated: 45 catches in 2011 (video)
  • 7 clubs isolated: 238 catches in 2011 (video)

Balancing[edit | edit source]

  • 8 balls with ball balance: 40 catches in 2007 (video at 0:40)
  • 8 balls with club balance: 48 catches (video)
  • 8 balls with pole balance: 24 catches in 2007 (video)
  • 9 balls with ball balance: 14 catches in 2000 (video)
  • 10 balls with ball balance: 10 catches in 2009 (video)
  • 7 clubs with ball balance: 43 catches in 2007 (video at 2:50)
  • 7 clubs with club balance: 44 catches in 2006 (video)

Head bounce[edit | edit source]

  • 6 balls with head bounce: 1 minute and 4 seconds in 2000 (video)
  • 7 balls with head bounce: 143 catches in 2001 (video)
  • 8 balls with head bounce: 31 catches in 2009 (video)
  • 9 balls with head bounce: 18 catches in 2005 (video)
  • 6 rings with head bounce: 213 catches in 2000 (video)
  • 7 rings with head bounce: 75 catches in 2000 (video, 2005 video)
  • 8 rings with head bounce: 61 catches in 2006 (video)
  • 9 rings with head bounce: 31 catches in 2007 (video at 2:46)
  • 10 rings with head bounce: 14 catches in 2009 (video)
  • 11 rings with head bounce: 11 catches in 2005 (video)
  • 7 clubs with head bounce: 28 catches in 2009 (video)
  • 2 ball head bounce: 62 bounces in 2006 (video at 1:13:42)

Halfshower[edit | edit source]

  • 7 ring halfshower: 55 catches in 2008 (video)
  • 9 ring halfshower: 11 catches in 2006 (video)

Spins[edit | edit source]

  • Most 7 ball 7 up 360s in 1 minute: 10 in 2008 (video)
  • Most 7 ring 7 up 360s in 1 minute: 10 in 2008 (video at 1:17)

Other[edit | edit source]

Unverified claims:[20]

  • 9 balls: 348 catches
  • 9 rings: 272 catches
  • 10 rings: 64 catches
  • 11 rings: 22 catches
  • 9 ball overheads: 9 catches (claim)
  • 360 qualified with the most rings: 9 rings, 7 up in 2000 (claim)
  • 5 clubs with pole balance: 2 minutes in 2000 (claim)

Competitions[edit | edit source]

Anthony won the following IJA competitions.[21]

1981 (age 8):

  • Stage: Juniors

1983:

1986:

  • Stage: Individuals
  • Numbers: Solo Balls
  • Numbers: Solo Rings
  • Numbers: Solo Clubs

1989:

  • Numbers: Solo Balls
  • Numbers: Solo Rings
  • Numbers: Solo Clubs (first person ever to juggle 7 clubs for over 100 catches in competition - age 16)

1991 (age 18):

  • Numbers: Solo Balls (IJA competition record: 60 catches of 9 balls)
  • Numbers: Solo Rings (43 catches of 9 rings, a new IJA competition record at the time, broken in 1996 by Albert Lucas with 20 catches of 10 rings)
  • Numbers: Solo Clubs (IJA competition record: 230 catches of 7 clubs)
1991 IJA Numbers Championships highlights video

References[edit | edit source]

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