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lukeburrage -

An Anthony Gatto appreciation thread:

Unedited video of his practice session at the BJC2k:

Orinoco - - Parent

Haven't watched either video yet as I'm currently at work with no time or sound but I'm really excited about watching this again. I was sitting on the floor at the time completely mesmerised. Mostly curious to see how far my recollection of the session differs from reality after 17 ye... FFS 17 YEARS!

Also looking forward to what else comes out of your box of old tapes!

lukeburrage - - Parent

I have another 6 hours from the BJC2k I'm going to look through over my coming work trip. From what I saw when capturing the videos (which wasn't a lot) I can tell you that people fucking SUCKED at diabolo 17 years ago. It's cringeworthy.

Little Paul - - Parent

If you're digging up old tapes, I think I've still got some of your digi8 tapes around here somewhere

I have nothing to play them back on, and no idea where they are from - but if you want we can probably work out a way to get them back to you?

lukeburrage - - Parent

Okay, sounds good. Jugglermail might be able to get them to me, or if there are only a few I'll pay for postage. What do the tapes say one them? I don't remember not having any.

Little Paul - - Parent

I'll dig them out and look. I'm pretty sure they're from a BJC, If I had to guess it would be somewhen around 2008ish

I think I ended up with them because someone from byjoty that year wanted your footage of their act, but your camcorder had died so you couldn't play the tapes.

Once I've found them I'll drop you an email and we can work out how best to get them to you.

lukeburrage - - Parent

Probably 2005, as I think my camera was on the blink after that, and I switched over to using Pola's mini-DV camera instead.

Daniel Simu - - Parent

I'm looking forward to watch the practise session soon. What does 2k stand for in BJC2k?

Dee - - Parent

k is shorthand for thousand; so "y2k" was the "year 2000"; it's probably more typically used when referring to amounts of money, but around the turn of the millennium, it was quite common to refer to it as y2k [or 2k if, as with the BJC, you had other preceding acronyms].

Daniel Simu - - Parent

Thanks, that makes sense :)

Daniel Simu - - Parent

Btw, is that KHH and Olivier Groszer sitting in the background?

Daniel Simu - - Parent


Colin E. - - Parent

Yes, and Ben Jennings too.

peterbone - - Parent

And Beinn Muir taking notes of everything Anthony does.

lukeburrage - - Parent

Yes. I was going to mention some of the people watching, but thought I'd leave it up to the eagle eyed viewers to spot them and work out who they all are.

JonPeat - - Parent

This is a question intended for anyone who was there and may know the answer...

Did Anthony juggle those same red renegade clubs in the BJC Gala Show or did he use clubs of a different colour?

Gatto donated an old set of 3x Renegade Clubs (which he had signed and which were light blue in colour) to the BJC raffle that year.
I was wondering if that set of clubs had been juggled in the Gala Show or if anyone knew if they were an older performance set.

The next question is: does anyone know where the light blue clubs were performed or what era of Gatto's career they came from?

Cheers, Jon

mike.armstrong - - Parent

Those clubs with the light blues decorations were in the convention "office" for the whole event (I juggled them) so they weren't used in the Public Show. I don't know if/when he used them on stage...

ChrisD - - Parent

Great to see this, thanks. Having attended 4 BJCs in a row, I decided to miss this one. A decision I've never regretted in the slightest as I was just getting together with a wonderful girl and decided to invite her on holiday to Cornwall instead. We have been together for 17 years now.

Still, I've often wished I could have attended this as well and seen Gatto live. I still can't juggle even as well as he could at age 8 (the oldest video of him I could find, and probably younger too. Is it really true he could juggle 5 balls at age 5?

peterbone - - Parent

I don't see any reason to doubt that he could do 5 balls at age 5. Here's Matan doing 6 at age 6.

Cedric Lackpot - - Parent

If I remember correctly it was Albert Lucas who was rumoured to be able to do 3 at 3, 4 at 4, and 5 at 5.

Daniel Simu - - Parent

I have a picture on my drive which originally had a description saying he was 4 years old. There he is juggling 4 balls and spinning one ring on his leg.. But I don't know if that description is true and can't remember where I got it from :(

ChrisD - - Parent

I can't offer any definitive source saying Gatto could juggle 5 at 5, I'm afraid. This well known article does imply he probably could (and I take Peter's point, through the amazing 6 at 6 Matan, also) :

'It was Nick who first taught Anthony to juggle, in 1978, a few months before Anthony turned 5 years old.'... '"I noticed that after a few weeks, his progress was becoming more and more rapid,” Nick later said'....'So rapid that at times he didn’t even have to learn to do the higher number. Like when he went from three to four, he never had to practice four balls. He could do four balls. He never had to practice five balls. He could do five balls.'

Daniel Simu - - Parent

Yeah, also taking in account Anthony said he was training since he was 3.

" But I feel lucky because I get to do something different from the one thing I grew up doing since I was 3 years old."

Bendy Dan - - Parent

He ran a workshop at that BJC, which I went to; the only things I can remember from it are:

1. learn headbounce, practise everything with headbounce, it'll make everything else more solid.

2. use superglue to stick your hands back together after the skin dries out and splits from juggling too much.

7b_wizard - - Parent

Fantastic! .. juggling from another planet. Thanks for sharing.


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