records as of 15 May 1995
Anthony Gatto 200 catches in practice (_Juggler's World_ 44.2, Sum. '92, p.24). Official run: 78 catches on BBC's "Record Breakers". Sergei Ignatov has juggled 9 "the size of croquet balls" in practice ("4000 Years of Juggling", Vol.II, p.100, and _IJA Newsletter_ 2/80). Bruce Sarafian Florida juggler who flashed 11, as of a year ago could do 35+ catches of 9, but is said to have improved on that. Ken Burke (of the Barrage) up to 45 throws. Matt Cantrell (Seattle) around 35 catches in practice. (Weighted tennis balls.) Gregor Popovich in practice as seen by Alan Howard and Dick Franco: cascade to neck catch with a high "degree of confidence" (_JW_ 37.4 p.9). Jason Garfield can qualify it in practice. Jimmy Shafer can qualify it in practice. Dan Bennett has had close to, and probably more than 18 catches, judging by the '86 IJA numbers competition (13 catches). Haggis MacLeod has been spotted with a good 9 ball pattern. Sean Gandini is said to juggle 9. Ed Carstens 20 catches. Morten Hansen 19 catches. Toby Ayer 18 catches. Bruce Tiemann (Boppo) has gotten 17 catches ("GRRRR!"). Alan Morgan is also at 17 catches ("Damn and blast it"). Steven Geddes (Australia) is close to qualifying. Cyril Bartolo (France) 16 catches, and moving up fast. Jim Strinka 23 throws (implies at least 14 catches) at '81 Cleveland IJA fest (see _Juggler's World_ 34.2, Feb.? '82). Dave Morton 13 catches. Rod Kimball 12 catches. Ben Schoenberg 12 catches. Peter Blanchard more than a flash. Jack Kalvan can flash it nicely, probably more. Dana Tison same as above, considering that he was flashing it at 14! (_Juggler's World_, 37.2, Sum. '85, p.17.) Donnia Ray Smith 9 catches (letter to _Juggler's World_, 37.1, Spr. '85, p.14). Rick Moll 9 catches. Arthur Lewbel 9 catches. Robert York 9 catches (_Juggler's World_ 34.2, Feb.? '82). Sue Kirby mentioned in _Juggler's World_ 34.2, Feb.? '82. A photo of her throwing 9 appears on p.55 of "Juggling with Finesse". Geoff Thorpe (New Zealand) 9 catches. Billy Glidden 9 catches. David Sallee 9 catches. Bob Behsman 9 catches. Andrew Denton 9 catches. Jon Stadler 9 catches. Greg Warrington 9 catches. A guy I used to see at Ann Arbor fests, had graying hair, worked well on 9 and on cascading 3 sets of multiplexed balls in threes and fours.
Massimiliano Truzzi at one time regularly did 9 in his act (according to his son Marcello in _Natural History_ 12/79, p.51). Bill Gnadt mentions Truzzi's 9 in _JW_ 40.1, Spr. '88, p.23. Bengt Magnusson reported getting qualifying runs. Jenny Jaeger juggled small balls in performance as a young girl in the 1910s. "4000 Years of Juggling" (Vol.I, p.226) reports that she could run 7, qualify 8, and flash 9 and 10 in the show. Pierre Amoros of the Werner-Amoros-Troupe (around 1905) juggled 9 small balls ("4000 Years of Juggling", Vol. I, p. 90). Lucy Gillet performed with 9 small balls ("4000 Years", Vol.I, p.223). She came from a French riding family, and used a kitchen scene. Bobby May did 9 according to Bill Gnadt in _JW_ 42.1, Spr. '90, p.30, though in the documentary by Lippe, May only mentions doing 8.
"Chinese Acrobatics Through the Ages" (p. 8), by Fu Qifeng, gives a reference from "Xu Wugui" (Chapter 24 in "Zhuang Zi") that "Yi Liao of Shinan juggled balls, and the conflict between two houses was eliminated." The author goes on to tell us about Xiong Yiliao of the Chu State. "Once, in a battle between the states of Chu and Song, the troops of the two sides were confronting each other in a fight at close quarters. Yiliao appeared in front of the Chu troops and calmly, in the face of the enemy's axes and spears, juggled nine balls at the same time. His superb performance stupefied the officers and the warriors. The Song troops fled helter-skelter without fighting and the Chu troops won a complete victory." This was either during the Spring and Autumn (770-476 B.C.) or the Warring States (475-221 B.C.) periods.