The rules for these World Record attempts to be accepted (whether by Guinness or the JIS Committee on Numbers Juggling) are as follows:
The props must be thrown individually from each hand, therefore multiplexing – which involves throwing more than one object at a time is not allowed.
- You are counting the number of catches, not throws, so your counting will only begin when you have thrown all but the final object from your hands!
- Catches are only counted until the moment that a dropped object would have reached the hand that was meant to catch it (it stops sooner than when the object would have hit the floor!)
The new generations of jugglers usually film their attempts, so that their claims can be more easily validated. It is also far easier to try and count the number of catches of 12 objects when you can watch the filmed footage in slow motion! The attempts are usually measured in the number of catches, but occasionally (with slightly lower numbered items) the length of time.
World Record for Ball / beanbag Juggling
- 12 balls / beanbags for 12 catches by Bruce Sarafian (1996), Peter Bone (2006), Sam Hartford (2010) – 3 different people all holding the same world record!
- 11 beanbags for 21 catches by Alex Barron in 2011
- 10 balls for 23 catches by Bruce Sarafian in 2001
- 9 balls for 54 seconds by Anthony Gatto in 2006 (featured in his “To be the best III DVD)
World Records for Bounce Juggling
- 10 balls using the lift bounce (39 catches) – Robert Mosher III
- 9 balls using the lift bounce (35 seconds) – Mathias Ramfelt
- 9 balls using the force bounce (62 catches) – Alan sulc
- 8 balls using the force bounce (4 mins 12 seconds) – Alan Sulc
2-man bounce passing
- 16 balls (74 catches) by David Critchfield and John Jones in 2005
World Records for Ring Juggling
- 13 Rings for 13 catches by Albert Lucas (2002)
- 12 Rings for 12 catches by Anthony Gatto (1993), Albert Lucase (1996), Sam Hartford (2002)
- 11 Rings for 17 catches by Anthony Gatto (2006)
- 10 Rings for 47 catches by Anthony Gatto (2005)
World Records for Club Juggling
- 9 Clubs for 9 catches by Bruce Tiemann (1996), Scott Sorensen (1997), Chris Fowler (2003)
- 8 Clubs for 16 catches by Anthony Gatto (2006)
- 7 Clubs for 4mins 23 seconds by Anthony Gatto (2005) from his Legendary Moments video
World Records for Club Passing
Records do not need to be a solo effort!
- 14 Clubs for 14 passes between Darin Marriott & Peter Kaseman (2004)
- 13 Clubs for 18 passes between Patrik Elmnert & Wes Peden (2008)
Some of the records on this page may not be recognized as official “Guinness World Records”, but it is good enough for the excellent JIS Committee on Numbers Juggling from which these stats are taken! Their aim in creating this well maintained list is to stimulate interest in numbers juggling at all levels as well as setting some goals for the most dedicated, so head over to their website to see a more complete list! N Plenty of video clips for a lot of the record-breakers to get you inspired!
Another good web page with lots of fun facts is the Official Guinness World Records website. Type in “Juggling” and let the websites search engine pull up the best results – http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com .