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Videos / Re: collaboration 2013 - Planting the SEED.
« on: May 18, 2013, 04:06:04 PM »
Of course, you could always film your fanciest tricks now and send them in to Video of the Week instead. Much better than sitting on the footage until the autumn. There's plenty of time between now and then to come up with something new and awesome.

Go on. You know you want to.

Videos / Re: To Begin Again
« on: March 15, 2013, 08:56:55 AM »
Great work. I enjoyed that. In particular, the combo that starts at 1.35. Love the way the diabolo picks up the stick hanging over your shoulder.


Videos of the Week / Re: VotW: 18 February 2013 Michal Zazrivec
« on: February 21, 2013, 09:56:12 PM »
Excellent work, Michal.

for the guys who can do this awesome things
where do you start? i can do the basic slacks but isnt there any tutorial for some basic yoyo/diabolo moves?

Marko made a cool video and thread a while back on some basic yo-yo tricks adapted for diabolo. It's probably a good place to start with getting your fingers involved. You could also try changing your normal mount or magic knot tricks so that you hold the string with your fingers instead of wrapping it around the stick or diabolo and just seeing how you end up. If it comes out in a mess, try to figure out how you could move the diabolo, string or sticks to make it into less of a mess.

Probably the best way to go about inventing some more advanced stuff would be to buy a yo-yo, learn some tricks and then try to find ways to adapt them to a diabolo. You could probably skip this step and watch yo-yo videos and tutorials instead, though.

And of course, once you come up with something cool, submit it for Video Of The Week so that the rest of us can see it.


Edit: Also some stuff from the VotW archives that might give you some inspiration:
Langerz: Trapdoor
Marko: Ninja Vanish
Marko: Eiffel Tower
Tiamat: Eiffel Tower

Good stuff. I enjoyed the Mach 5 thing at the end.

Keep them coming, Taiwan.


Videos / Re: Contemplation...!
« on: June 26, 2011, 01:43:16 PM »
Absolutely excellent. I love that second trick.

Good stuff.

Tricks / Re: String rejections
« on: June 22, 2011, 09:28:26 PM »
Ah, string rejections. A lovely concept. And that's a very nice idea, Tommi. Any chance of some different angles or close-ups, please? I can't quite figure out what's going on.

Here's a little video of my current favourite rejection. For the voyeuristic of you, it also serves as a nice "Cribs"-style tour of my room. How lucky is that? Truly, this is where the magic happens.
Diabolo String Rejection - juggling videos hosted @

For anyone struggling with the concept, you are using friction from the spinning diabolo cup to move a string around, undoing (or wrapping) mounts. You can also use the momentum generated by this friction to throw slack whips, as seen in my video.

Let's see some more, people. I think Beni had some a while back. Is he even still around? Some of the other yo-yo players must have some up their sleeves. I did have a video of my first diabolo string rejection when it was used in the 2007 collab, but I seem to have lost it. Has anyone got a copy? It was called "nick_1d_stringrejection.mp4". Hook me up and I'll put it up here to collect them all in one place.


General / Re: Need Help!
« on: June 07, 2011, 01:55:18 PM »
It could also be the way you're doing the wrap. While the diabolo is wrapped, you need to have one hand slightly further forward than the other. If you put a left-hand backwrap on the diabolo, your right hand will need to be further forward than your left. When you've got your hands positioned correctly, you should feel the difference. There will be less friction on the string. Marko has a good explanation (with pictures) here.


The third annual Oxford Juggling Convention takes place on 4th June 2011.

*** 10am - 7:30pm : JUGGLING! ***
Oxford Brookes University Centre for Sport, Headington, Oxford

- *Huge* sports hall with space for juggling, unicyling, diablo, spinning, acro, volleyclub, general nonsense...
- Workshops
- Juggling games
- Vendors
- Licensed bar and refreshments available all day

*** 7:30pm - 9:30pm : EVENING SHOW ***
Oxford Brookes University Students' Union, Headington, Oxford

We have an exciting and varied line-up in the pipeline - more info to follow.

Entry £5 full day + show / £3 show only (under 8s free with a paying adult).

Haven't seen anything about this here yet. Fairly small diabolo turnout last year. Who's up for it this time?


Videos / Re: piece of crap
« on: April 15, 2011, 07:15:54 AM »
Really good stuff in here. First 2d trick is absolutely amazing.
Love it.

Videos / Re: Spin!
« on: November 05, 2010, 09:29:57 AM »
Well, that it is certainly better than your previous videos. It's nice to see some definite progress, both in terms of tricks/style and presentation. Well done.

There are still some issues with it. There's a fair bit of repetition with the tricks. Maybe cut some of that out, even if it means a shorter video. The backgrounds were fairly dull. There must be some more interesting places than a swimming pool near your house. Get out there and find them. I also didn't really like some of the framing that you used. It seemed a bit too close. I would prefer a wider angle so that I can see the whole sequence or trick. It got better towards the end, though.

One more thing. It looks like your string is a bit too long, especially on those between the arms suns. That's just personal preference, though. Maybe try a shorter length next time you change string to see if you like it.

Keep it up.

Videos / Re: Diabolo Video By Night
« on: November 04, 2010, 09:30:24 AM »
that was rubbish...
That was constructive...

But seriously, why film with the light source behind you? It might be fine for a short atmospheric silhouette in a longer video, but the whole thing? Not really a great idea. Either get glow props and do it properly or find a decent light source that illuminates the tricks so people can see what you're doing.

Kudos for experimenting and trying something different, but I don't think it's paid off in this instance. I suppose that's how people learn, though.

Keep trying and keep having fun. That's what matters, not the opinions of people on the internet.

Videos / Re: Trespassing / Konsta
« on: October 11, 2010, 04:28:21 PM »
This is good stuff. The trick at 2.08 is bloody marvellous.

Well played.

Videos / Re: Triangles - a video by Ceri-Anne
« on: September 20, 2010, 12:42:49 PM »
Lovely stuff! This is exactly what I needed on a Monday morning.

Good Work!

Videos / Re: happy Easter
« on: April 04, 2010, 01:29:53 PM »
4:11 is fresh!
Absolutely. Best 2d trick I've seen in quite some time.

Good work.

General / Re: Off-String Yoyo
« on: March 13, 2010, 11:35:50 AM »
This thread needs more Kazuaki Sugimura.
2007JN final 4a 03 kazuaki sugimura

Style for days.

Videos / Re: Convention Havixbeck Video
« on: March 05, 2010, 10:08:38 AM »
The guy at 0.42 is my new hero. That's an awesome trick!

Good work.

Videos / Re: Winter Slacks 3
« on: February 16, 2010, 04:06:30 PM »
Mini Eiffel at 0.32 is definitely the best thing I've seen in ages.

Excellent Work!

Videos of the Week / Re: VotW: 27 July 2009: Dodson
« on: September 21, 2009, 09:07:23 AM »
Why did the VotW stop?
Video of the Week is on hold at the moment to make way for the Collaboration video. Until September 30th, you should submit your hot new tricks to Jesse instead. Normal VotW service should resume at some point after the closing date for the Collaboration, if there are any submissions.


Videos / Re: Slackisfactory (and similar conundrums)
« on: August 11, 2009, 03:10:27 PM »
Thanks! Not sure what you mean about the 'CLICK'?
Never been to a BJC or spent any time around the Ponte/Leeds lot?
Clicker Training is a way of training animals where you use a clicker to indicate positive behaviour. Applied to diabolo, you could be practising a trick and every time you did it correctly someone watching would give you a click. If you did it badly, no click. Eventually you become conditioned to do the trick the right way every time. I think Donald Grant ran a workshop about it at BJC 2007. "Click" became a bit of an in-joke to describe something good.

Back on topic, Great video. You really seem to be crafting a style all your own and that is always nice to see. Kudos.


Tricks / Re: Vertax with a Chinese Yo-Yo?
« on: July 17, 2009, 09:52:23 AM »
I use a right backside and then clockwise between-the-arm suns on the left side of my body (I'm right handed). Start by getting the diabolo spinning normally then turn 180 degrees to your left. This puts you in the right backside position with the diabolo spinning in the opposite direction. Then start driving the clockwise suns. You should feel this speed up the diabolo. Gradually change the angle of the suns, bringing them up in front of you, off-axis. This should start to tilt the diabolo into vertax. As the diabolo starts getting closer to vertical you may need to start turning to your left to keep control of the suns.

As Chris says, with a traditional Chinese yo-yo you might find it easier to do a hand start. Set up the diabolo in a right backside with both sticks in one hand. Put the diabolo in the vertax position and then do a snap/wrist start but the opposite way to normal. Then take back the stick and go straight into the between-the-arm suns. It's probably easier to get into the suns if you do the snap start off to the right-hand side of your body.


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