records as of 15 May 1995
Anthony Gatto 230 catches in the '91 IJA Numbers competition, and 2 minutes in practice (_JW_ 44.2, Sum. '92, p.24). Renegade clubs. Also see the '89 IJA video for 7 torch juggling. Sorin Munteaunu is also in _Guinness_ for 7 clubs in 1975, and was first to perform it publicly with a cane balanced on the forehead (Juggling:the Art and Its Artists", p. 354, and in a photo on p.115 of "Juggling with Finesse", by Kit Summers). Jian Ping Qian performs a 7 badminton racket flash (8 catches when I saw him) many times per week with "The Qian Brothers". See 8 below. Jack Bremlov is listed in _Guinness_ for 7 clubs "currently" (in the '87 edition), and has performed it publicly (_JW_ 34.2, Feb.?'82). A photo (on one knee) appears in "4000 Years", Vol. II, p.133. Yevgeni Bilyauer does 7 in practice, according to Popovich (_Juggler's World_ 37.4, Win. '86, p.10) and Michael Hesseling (_JW_ 40.4, p.11). Albert Petrovski is listed in _Guinness_ for 7 clubs in 1963. Kit Summers 30 throws ("Juggling with Finesse", p.8). Bruce Tiemann 28 throws (not to mention longer runs that weren't being counted. Renegade numbers clubs. Albert Lucas is listed in _Guinness_ for 7 clubs in 1985. Some attempts of his can be seen on the '84 IJA video. Reynolds clubs. Jason Garfield has qualified it in practice. Renegade clubs. Viktor Filipovich 14 catches while at the '89 European festival. See also _Juggler's World_ 41.4, Win. '90, p.8. Handmade clubs. Stephan Gruss does 7 in practice (_Kaskade_ 29, 3/93, p.28). European clubs. Dana Tison 11 catches in the '87 IJA Numbers competition, but has worked on it since then. American clubs. (or Todd Smith Europeans?) Ken Burke 13 throws. Jack Kalvan more than a flash. Todd Smith American clubs. Anatoly Myakhostupov is working well on it, and is mentioned in _Juggler's World_ 41.4, Win. '90, p.8. Handmade clubs. Haggis McLeod is said to juggle 7. Jay Gilligan 7 catches (on video). Renegade clubs. Mark Peachock 7 catches at IJA Winter '93. Demetrius Alcerese is mentioned in _Juggler's World_ 34.2, Feb.? '82, and on p.8 of "Juggling with Finesse", by Kit Summers. Jeff Taveggia juggles 7 in practice, according to Kit Summers (_Juggler's World_ 39.4, Win. '87-'88, p.6. Mitica Virjoaga (Rumania) juggled 7 in practice (_Circus Techniques_ by Hovey Burgess, p.46, reprinted in '89). Steven Geddes (Australia) is working well on it. Ken Falk made some decent attempts in the '86 IJA Numbers competition. Jack Kalvan thinks he had never tried it before then. Toby Ayer is working well on it. Scott Sorensen showed a good pattern at Fargo II ('93 IJA fest). Claudio (Switzerland) was working on it at Leeds ('93 European fest).
John Breen 35 throws in practice. He died in 1912 aged 21. Clubs were were made of wicker! (_JW_ 37.4, Win.'86 back cover)
From "Chinese Acrobatics Through the Ages", by Fu Qifeng (p.8): "'Lie Zi' ('The Book of Lie Zi'), a philosophical work attributed to Lie Yukou of the Warring States Period [475-221 B.C.], records that in the Spring and Autumn Period [770-476 B.C.], Lan Zi, of the state of Song, presented a performance for the ruler. He could run to and fro on very high stilts and could also juggle seven swords (Figure 5)." Pictured is a Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) woodcut of Lan Zi in flowing robes juggling seven swords extremely low. This ancient routine is later described in the book as "Seven Swords Pile Up and Leap High" (p. 124).