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Videos / Solo Diabolo, Jacob Sharpe
« on: August 25, 2014, 01:12:02 AM »
Long time no see! Peace!

Videos / Pink Shorts
« on: December 29, 2010, 06:15:21 PM »
Hey guys, I've got a new video:

Pink Shorts
Pink Shorts
Pink Shorts (

Sadly there's no diabolo, so I guess it's less relevant; But don't worry, I'm still mostly practicing diabolo!

Videos / Sharpe as a Tack.
« on: June 14, 2010, 08:19:23 AM »
After a year spent studying (and diaboloing) at the University of Cambridge in the UK, we hope you'll enjoy our latest video, Sharpe as a Tack.

Sharpe as a Tack - Sharpe as a Tack

Videos / Sharpe Brothers Slow Motion
« on: January 12, 2010, 05:37:16 PM »

Videos / Sharpe Attack!
« on: July 30, 2009, 09:04:40 PM »
Here's the latest video from the Sharpe Brothers, Sharpe Attack!  Filmed in and around Boston over the last few weeks, it features tricks with up to 7 diabolos.  The Void has done us the favor of recompressing, so a full HD version at a much more reasonable file size is now the download from JTV.  A smaller version is available here:
Smallest Download 560MB

Sharpe Attack! - Sharpe Attack!

Community & Events / The Sharpe Brothers go to Europe
« on: July 09, 2009, 03:14:14 AM »
So Jacob and I (and my girlfriend) are going on trip through Europe!  We'd love to meet up with people from the forum during our trip, so here's our itinerary:

Rome, Italy: August 1-4
Athens, Greece: August 4-6
Stavanger, Norway (BestCoast Festival): August 6-11
Edinburgh, Scotland (Fringe Festival): August 11-19
Norwich, England (BJC): August 19-23

We'll be pretty busy the last couple weeks at the conventions, but we're just sightseeing in Rome and Athens, so if anyone has suggestions of things we really have to see in either place or lives nearby and wants to meet up for a little diabolo session, let us know.  We're also still looking for places to stay in Rome, Athens, and Edinburgh, so if anyone has suggestions, we'd love to hear them.

General / Quantitative Analysis of Diabolo Acceleration Techniques
« on: December 21, 2008, 10:07:40 PM »
Hey Everyone!  I had the amazing opportunity to do a term project on the subject of my liking this semester, and also was able to use a $60,000 high speed video camera and some really expensive analysis software.  After many hours, I've got some interesting results that I thought I'd share with the diaboloing community.  You can find the final paper and presentation, both in .pdf format, here:  The presentation has all the pretty pictures and dumbed down results for those that don't want to read the whole paper.

Here's how the various acceleration techniques stacked up against each other in terms of maximum speed:

The maximum recorded angular velocity we found was 5771.5 rpm, using the circular acceleration technique and the bearing diabolo.  This correlates to a rim speed of 83.7 mph or 134.7 kph for you metric minded folk.  This explains why diabolos going really fast give friction burns so easily.  Some interesting tidbits from the report:

- While circular accelerations give the highest max speed, chinese whips accelerate the diabolo the quickest.
- We recorded a maximum throw height of 69 ft!
- For the most part it seems that the bearing can achieve higher speeds and accelerates quicker than the fixed axle, as would be expected.
- Here's what the velocity of the diabolo looks like when it's being accelerated from a standstill using chinese whips, with representative frames from the video shown:

Anywho, that's what we got.  Unfortunately the class is now over, but I should be able to borrow the equipment in the future, so perhaps we'll have some more interesting stuff to report next year.


Community & Events / The Sharpe Brothers go to Israel!!!!
« on: May 15, 2008, 02:59:49 PM »
We're going to Israel with our family for a trip from May 23 to June 3. I think we're going around most of the northern part, and we'd love to meet up with diaboloists where possible.

@ all the Israelis on the forum:
Where do you live?

Performances / Jacob Sharpe solo act
« on: March 03, 2008, 07:27:58 PM »
i recently created a solo act that I'll hopefully be performing this summer, as nate is going to be doing an engineering internship:



Download quality is much much better
comments please!

Videos / Re: [video] Be Sharpe
« on: December 16, 2007, 05:53:07 PM »
Consider it an early Christmas/late Hanukkah present  ;D:



EDIT: there's still a little wierdness in the beginning, but it looks much better on youtube now. the download is still loads better quality though, and shouldn't take long to download (94 MB)

Videos / Circus Smirkus 2007: Jacob and Nate Sharpe
« on: August 15, 2007, 05:28:00 PM »
This is a video of the tricks we did in the diabolo act from this summer's show. the rest of the tricks were pretty basic, and Nate had to leave the tour early, so we didn't get as much good footage, hence the cuts. the umbrella whip trick was taken from a video of a show the MFP did; it fit very well in the act, and the as its only for one summer, and isn't something that we make money on, I thought it would be okay to include:


oh and and there's a typo in the opening information: its supposed to be smirkus not smrikus

General / Sharpes to perform in Paris February 1-4
« on: January 09, 2007, 01:54:00 AM »
We're performing at Cirque Phenix February 1st, 3rd, and 4th in the Worldwide Festival of the Circus of Tomorrow.

Tickets can be found here:
We are in show A and the two shows on February 4th.
Hope to see some of you there! We'd love to meet some French forum mates in person!

Sean, could you please post this on in French?

General / 3d instants
« on: September 12, 2005, 03:01:24 AM »
I know this is kind of mean/rude/disgruntled/rainging on everybody's parade, but I feel it should be said. I see a lot of videos of young people doing three low after not to long, because I think now that it has been studied and done for so long, it has gotten to where anybody can learn it in 2-3 months if they practice it every day. However, I would propose that many of these people have stopped their 1 and 2 diabolo work very short, and go quickly to three low because they can and because it's a big deal. I think that this is 1) a waste of time, because people are then trying tricks that take much longer to  learn then than if they tried them in say, another year when their abilities and understanding of 1 and 2 diabolo had gone way way up and 2) a way to make a completely imbalanced diaboloist that can't perform as well as they should given how long they've been diaboloing because they spend all of their time doing three low, getting one trick consistently in say 15-25 (just a guess) hours of practice where they should be getting new tricks with one and two much faster and filling out their repertoire before they move on to tricks that take a long-term commitment. For example, only a little while back, arjan probably couldn't have performed anything with 3 high or low, but I would infinitely much rather have watched him, because of the depth and interest of his tricks, than whatch somebody do a little bit with one, then do three. It just doesn't do justice to the prop. So please, the next time you watch a video of three high or low with crazy tricks, don't get up and start trying it because you can. say to yourself "wow, those guys have been doing this way longer than me, I should get to work on expanding my understanding of the prop by doing some hard core practising with 1 and 2 diabolos, and leave that third diabolo for next year."

again, I don't mean to rain on anybody's parade, but I felt that something should be said

Jacob Sharpe

Videos / Snowday video
« on: January 17, 2005, 01:44:32 PM »
Me and my brother made this about two weeks ago on a snowday; enjoy! :D

my 3 low is better now :lol:

Gear / aluminum sticks - modifications?
« on: January 12, 2005, 01:36:28 AM »
just switched from henry's carbon to henrys aluminum, and really liked the tip on the carbon's where the string would catch (for magic knots). I know Baptiste and some of the other Posse members have something attached to their aluminum sticks to serve the same purpose; not sure what it is though.
If anybody knows what it is, I'd be happy to know. Other than that the sticks are sweet :D .


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