Gatto Practicing: Balls Exclusive Video

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Last month we interviewed Anthony Gatto about his thoughts on practicing. For the next three months, we will share videos of Anthony's public practice session that he did at BJC 2000. They show Anthony at his peak, the year he won the Golden Clown at The International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo. The first video, below, shows his warm-up and ball juggling (duration: 28:38), the second will showcase his ring juggling (duration: 29:02), and the final video will be his awesome club juggling (duration: 17:13).

Special thanks to Anthony for letting us show this footage.

Table of Contents:
WARM UP (0:00)
– Balancing 6 inch stick on nose to balancing shorter and shorter until ~2 inches. Each time bending knees down to squat.
– Bouncing ball on head with pirouettes
– Head rolls including to back of neck. In both directions.
– Spinning ball
– Practicing good starts
– Curls – 4 on right, 4 on left
– Spinning balls on both hands
– arms straight up to arms out to sides
– Kicking ball foot to foot
– and juggling 3 clubs
– 5 Balls – over head and over head with multiplexes

– Balance Pole on forehead, spinning ring on foot, and juggling
– 5 clubs for exactly a minute
– 6 clubs for about 18 catches
– 7 clubs for about 14 catches

5 BALLS (11:35)
– Over head
– with multiplexes
– 744
– 5-high pirouette
– 1 up, 4 up
– with catches behind back and half-pirouettes
– Backcrosses
– with 5-high pirouette back to back crosses
– 94444, 11 444444 with bounce
– 1/2 and full 5-high pirouettes. Also 5-high half-pirouette, catch two, full pirouette (total 1.5) to juggle
– with head bounce for a full minute
– into juggle all 6 and back into 5 with head bounce (sometimes big ball thrown behind the back directly into head bounce)

6 BALLS (15:25)
– with head bounce for about 30 seconds
– into juggle all 7 and back into 6 with head bounce (sometimes big ball thrown behind the back directly into head bounce)
– 3 in one hand pirouettes in each hand
– multiplexes
– shower, multiplex shower

7 BALLS (18:00)
– With head bounce to head balance
– Half-shower with occasional behind the back throws
– Over the head
– with multiplexes
– 5 high pirouette to juggle (not overhead)
– Multiplexes
– High throw to bounce back into 7
– Backcrosses for about 7 throws
– Shower for a few throws

8 BALLS (21:49)
– Fountain (best around 170 throws)
– With ball balanced on head (about 20 throws)
– With ball bouncing on head (about 16 throws)

9 BALLS (26:35)
– Cascade (best around 84 throws)
– With ball balanced on head (about 15 throws)
– With ball bouncing on head (about 11 throws)
– Juggle to toss back to Nick catching in net


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Scott Seltzer

Scott Seltzer has been very active in the IJA and the juggling world for a very long time. He co-founded the IJDb, was a member of the JISCON, is on the team of IJC, and is involved in other acronyms with I's and J's in them. Scott is a semi-professional performer and lives in Israel with his two awesome daughters.