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Performances / Re: Jacob Sharpe solo act
« on: March 18, 2008, 02:37:36 AM »
Wow, I should have been coming to MIT juggling club more often  :)

Any intention of performing it locally before Europe?  If so, I'd love to see it! 

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Performances / Nate and Jacob Sharpe - Circus Smirkus 2006
« on: September 01, 2006, 02:10:22 PM »
Thanks guys!   My biggest claim to fame is having seen the act live (and dropless) -- your stage presence is as great as your tricks, which are pretty stinkin awesome.  I can't imagine what next year's act is going to be like!

-Andy

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Videos / pranays first video
« on: July 06, 2006, 03:24:45 PM »
Wow!  Nice combos, and performed so smoothly!  I need to learn that integral suicide to mini g.  What class was it for?

Andy

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Videos of the Week / Video of the week: June 4-10, 2006, Jacob
« on: June 05, 2006, 09:04:09 PM »
:shock:  Is there going to be a vertax portion of your circus smirkus act to look forward to seeing this summer?  That's amazing stuff -- you're always so creative and consistent.

Thanks for filming it for us!
Andy

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Videos / BuskoNature
« on: April 19, 2006, 02:05:51 AM »
Wow!  Absolutely amazing, bringing such style to stuff that's so technically difficult!  Loved all the 2d stuff -- I'll be watching that over and over...

Thanks so much for putting in all the effort to entertain us!
-Andy

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Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2006)
« on: April 14, 2006, 08:57:50 PM »
I finally got Trash's web to start working.  It's so much fun!

I'm also feeling particularly fortunate -- I performed in a school talent show last weekend and someone convinced me to try for a vertax genocide, which I got first try!  It's still really inconsistent, so it was a huge thrill.

-Andy

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General / Getting others truly motivated to diabolo
« on: February 04, 2006, 12:30:06 AM »
I started juggling a few years ago, and unfortunately I can't remember why I started (other than that I did flower sticks first).  Now, I'm completely obsessed -- with both juggling and diabolos.  I prefer technical juggling, so diabolo is my new artistic joy.  

Since last school year, I've gotten three people committed to juggling, but only one of them (he now diabolos as well) got as into it as I have.  I'm pretty sure he was interested in juggling because he's a math genius and loved siteswap theory (which I did a school presentation on last year).  Maybe the people that go for it like the mental part as much as the physical; he understood all kinds of knots, wraps, and stalls within a couple weeks while it took me all summer to even recognize them.  Maybe it helped that I hadn't started diaboloing too long ago and clearly remembered what beginning was like.  I'm afraid I'm a bit condescending when I teach juggling now.

His name's Carl, and he reads this forum; sign up Carl -- you know you want to.

Cool discussion.
Andy

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Tricks / Re: 3 diabolo shuffle: help! (wrap start & asynch shuffle)
« on: January 31, 2006, 11:51:06 PM »
It's just kind of clicked for me some of the time (like 30 ott), so while it's fresh in my mind I'll give what weak advice I have.

When I've had several bad runs I've found that I need to drop my hands lower.  I guess this doesn't matter for synch, but to get enough lift for asynch Ive had to bring the pattern down a little.  I also find pointing my sticks more forward and moving the shuffle away from me help a bit.  I don't think I actually use my right hand all that much.  

Honestly though, I think most of my progress has come from watching the siteswap freestyle section of Diabology (Baptiste stuff) and Feel Good Inc. almost daily (thanks Bertrand).

Hope something helps.  When I start to get worse (as apparently happens off and on), you'll get to help me out!

-Andy

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Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2006)
« on: January 14, 2006, 05:27:19 PM »
Wow, that's incredible for someone so young to have a record like that!  Awesome job.

I just figured out that it's fairly easy to do antisuicides without the little stick grind, and it tilts them way less.  I got three frontwrap ones in a row by doing a vortex into a front wrap each time.

Also, inspired by the the 3 low discussion, I practiced a while and got 34 ott asynch!  :D  The orange, yellow, and red circuses look great together.

-Andy

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Videos / Diabolo movie for the heck of it
« on: December 30, 2005, 08:59:17 PM »
I enjoyed it too -- especially the neck combo!  Thanks for sharing it.

-Andy

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General / 3d instants
« on: December 28, 2005, 02:34:09 AM »
Ah, I see I'm not as relaxed as you seem to think.  I just meant no more than three attempts right in a row, not in one day.  In between I could work on other diabolo stuff, do homework, whatever.  I just don't want to make mediocre attempts because I'm getting tired from all the accelerations.  

7 ott just now by the way  :D

-Andy

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General / 3d instants
« on: December 28, 2005, 12:12:54 AM »
Nice, I got a third circus for Christmas as well (I probably would've waited to get one til this summer but, well, my parents hadn't read this whole thread  :roll: ).  I only started diaboloing at the beginning of this past summer (1/2 year), so I'm certainly not as good as I'd like at 1 or 2.  Then again, I don't think I'm personally at risk of abandoning 1 and 2; it seems to be a judgment call as GbH said.  

I've decided to never make more than three attempts at 3d before taking a break to do something else.  I get frustrated reasonably quickly, and I mostly want three to put some variety into my practice -- I don't really care how long it takes me to learn it.  (I'm not too interested in performing for now, so that's not an issue.)  After just two days, I understand a wrap start and get decent spacing w/no collisions more than half the time (4 or 5 ott async once!).  I figure I'll just take it slow, put my full concentration into making three good attempts in proper form, and then relax a little.

This is a great discussion representative of a great forum.  Thanks.

-Andy S

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Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2005)
« on: December 21, 2005, 04:19:52 PM »
Finger grind with a circus sounds pretty spectacular to me -- I've still never gotten one.

After watching Norbi's tutorial for Arjan's 2d mini-g about 30 times (thanks for that) I finally got it.  :D    Must be really hard to get it consistent though. It took me half an hour to get a clean one.

-Andy

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Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2005)
« on: December 17, 2005, 03:15:30 AM »
Fan 360, finally!  Sure took a while to get the motion.  Thanks for the tutorial, Tahia.

-Andy

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Tutorials / Left sun/Left C-Fan (difference) tutorial
« on: December 10, 2005, 06:04:25 PM »
Your videos are always so fun to watch!  The different angles are really cool even though I already knew the difference, and the quality and setting were neat too.  

Thanks,
Andy

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General / Glossary Request
« on: November 18, 2005, 11:08:08 PM »
I'm probably not the most qualified, but I've picked up a lot over the past few months and would be willing to make a fairly exhaustive list if it's wanted (as no one else appeared to be volunteering).  It might several weeks, and I would need advice on how much detail to go into defining complex tricks.  I do think it would be valuable to have something organized alphabetically as a general reference for everyone.  If some people second this, I'll go ahead and start working on it soon.

Thanks,
Andy

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Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2005)
« on: November 13, 2005, 10:23:04 PM »
8 minigenocides in a row  8) (the ones where you end up cross-armed in a wrap for half of them).  They either feel super smooth or really uneven -- I'm still not even completely consistent with 2 in a row.

-Andy

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Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2005)
« on: November 02, 2005, 03:02:27 AM »
Ahhhh, vortex suicide  8)
(After watching that old tutorial -- certainly cleared things up)
-Andy

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Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2005)
« on: October 29, 2005, 10:11:56 PM »
180 fan pretty consistent!  I've been working on if for over a week to no avail, but today I tried raising my hands a bit once I'd turned.  Well, it worked.

360's probably not too far behind.

-Andy S

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Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2005)
« on: October 16, 2005, 11:22:46 PM »
A week after Nate Sharpe showed me, I got an integral suicide to infinite suicide, managing to hit the floor, a table, and a tree (don't know what it was doing inside) in one go.  Thanks, Nate!

Oh yeah, and the 50 other things Jacob showed me (thanks). :D   I think I'll go to juggling club more often.

-Andy

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