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Hi there,

In my personal opinion - yes, no questions asked! He is, hands down, the best juggler there has ever been and the best juggler currently alive today! Just my thoughts...

Blessings,

Mark

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I remember seeing him about ten years ago practice in a hall full of jugglers. Within a minute the whole hall had come to a standstill as everyone just stood and watched. Phenomenal stuff.
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I have just watched half of the video clip above (couldn't download the rest) and as much as his juggling is brilliant his character did not endear itself to me in the least which I felt was a shame.
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On 2011-10-07 11:27, jugglestruck wrote:
I have just watched half of the video clip above (couldn't download the rest) and as much as his juggling is brilliant his character did not endear itself to me in the least which I felt was a shame.


Blame that more on the Cirque Du Soleil, which has become a corporation; a business; a formulaic factory.

Cirque Du Soleil is to be commended for hiring great jugglers and giving them an international stage. But they often over-produce, over-gloss and over-glitz; thus diminishing the outrageous spontaneity of performers with Mr. Gatto's Protean talent.
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Yep, they sure over-glossed and over-glitzed on his costume.
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Rastelli was pretty good too.
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If you're talking skill then possibly. Although Viktor Kee's Cirque routine ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE1s1L0fjes ) is in my opinion far more entertaining than Anthony's.

Anthony's style is "look at all this stuff I can keep in the air". Viktor's routine is far superior artistically. And like Anthony, when he practices in the juggling hall EVERYONE stops to watch. His juggling skill in the Cirque show is great, but this is nothing compared to what I've seen him do in practice.

Also don't forget people like Jay Gilligan, Jason Garfield, Wes Peden, Toby Walker and Ben Beaver ( if you've not seen him before http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOWmYcKkdHE ). All of them can keep a load of stuff in the air at once and all of them I find far more entertaining than Anthony Gatto.

But at the end of the day they are all so much better at it than me!
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Twenty years ago I used to go to a local juggling club with this eleven year old boy called Toby Walker.....And I used to teach HIM tricks!
As the years went by I stood back as he worked at juggling with incredible persistence and is now where he is today.

His mum and dad live around the corner from me and I meet Toby every year or so, when he gets back from his travels.

I just love seeing his name mentioned in such illustrious company as those above, he would be really chuffed too!
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WOW

Thank you very much for sharing that video. It bought back some memories for me. I can remember Anthony's name being bantered about when I was a member of the IJA about 30 years ago. At the time he must of been about 10-12 years old at the time. He was considered a prodigy at the time & he seems to have lived up to his potential.

I agree with you Al, I can remember Anthony being compared to Rico Rastelli, who is definately a legend in his own right!

Thanks for the memories!

Mark
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I believe that he won the juniors at 8 years old, and the seniors at 12.
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And he could juggle 5 balls when he was five.....
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