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Tricks / 2/3D Grind Juggling?
« on: October 19, 2008, 07:36:46 AM »
I was trying to think up some fresh concepts to start working on, and I came up with diabolo juggling.

I don't mean throwing around static diabolos, contact juggling style, but I mean having spinning diabolos grinding on your sticks, and using the sticks like hands to throw the diabolos about.

I've worked on it for a day now, and can easily get double-grinds going, catch a few tosses, and once every twenty tries or so, have 2 diabolos grinding on the same stick.

I'm not skilled at all as a juggler outside of diabolos, but I'm thinking that some people who are capable of both can carry some elements over.

Has anyone explored this? Any videos?

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General / Recording High-Tosses
« on: September 24, 2008, 07:13:01 AM »
Alright, I had a quick think about high-tosses when looking at the Diabolo Records thread. Obviously, high-tossing would be a pretty fun record to go about setting, but people had been having a hard time thinking of a way to record diabolo height.

Well, I think I have a rough answer.

Unfortunately it does require a bearing-diabolo, a Fly would be best for it's wide axle.
A very long spool of string is tied at one end to the Fly's axle, which shouldn't roll-up the string in bearing mode.

The spool is then held on the ground in a way that it can easily unwind when pulled on. Simply get the Fly spinning and pelt it skyward. When it comes back down, measure the length of string it pulled up with it.

I mean cheap twine or thread, by the way, not diabolo string.

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Gear / Taibolos vs. LIGHT Suns
« on: September 18, 2008, 10:42:43 AM »
There's already a thread about Taibolos vs. Sundia Suns, which is really informative, but now with the new, lighter suns, how do the pros/cons stack up against each-other?

I'm planning on buying 2 new light-weight diabolos, and I'm pressed between those two.

So, to those that own both or either, what are the good and bad points of each diabolo in comparison?

I own 2 Flys, 3 Heavy Suns, and 2 Finesses. I like the wide-axle of the Sundia diabolos, but find that after adjusting to the wide axles I usually have the string grinding across my finesse cups during tricks.

I like the weight of the Flys, but dislike their poor durability.

Are Taibolo axles wider than Finesse stock ones?

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Gear / Taibolo Kits...?
« on: September 01, 2008, 12:28:41 PM »
I was lookin' around for Taibolo information on the net, and I found a very strange picture... Not sure if it's new.



They look pretty cool.

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Diabolo.ca Policy & Feedback / 'Recent Posts' Box
« on: August 24, 2008, 08:23:44 AM »
Hello.

Since the recent update of the site, I've mainly noticed that the box on the forum index that displays which topics have recently been posted in has grown much shorter.

I think it should be returned to it's previous size, if not larger than before.
This is because some posts are occasionally pushed out of sight underneath other new ones, making it harder to track your interests without the "Show new replies to your posts" button.
However, if you haven't posted in such a topic, you'd have trouble ever finding out about new posts.

Also, if someone has created an entirely new topic, which would also appear in the Recently Posted box, and suddenly a surge of posts arise in other topics, the new one may get very little traffic because you'd have to browse through the forums to find it.

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Tricks / Failed Sprinkler Exit
« on: August 21, 2008, 01:39:52 PM »
Hello.

I've been practicing multiple sprinklers recently, and one very frustrating problem that keeps coming up is that when I try to exit the last sprinkler (Right Front-Unwrap from a Left Backwrap entry) I sometimes end up with a strange knot.

When this happens, one diabolo is suspended above the other, caught in a small tangle of string while the other sits beneath it on an open loop of string.

Could somebody please explain why this happens?

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Tricks / 6-Point Star Cradle
« on: August 10, 2008, 12:52:58 PM »
[www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-ub9Fd1yKc]
(Enter the URL in your browser to get the new version, video annotations don't work when embedded)

This is my freshly invented 6-point star cradle.
Unfortunately, youtube compressed the heck out of the video, reducing it's overall quality.
I'll remake the video if necessary.


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TUTORIAL:
(The sooner people learn a new trick, the sooner new tricks can be developed from it, AMIRITE?)

- Throw a C-Whip over the left handstick and under the front cup

- Point both sticks upward

- Use a finger from either hand to take hold of one of the two strings above the one that sits horizontally between your sticks.
  (This makes sense once you go through steps 1-2)

- With either finger holding a the string OPPOSITE to it, pull your fingers back into your grips along with the string.
  (When I say opposite, I mean left hand finger holds the string on the right side.)

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I hope this makes sense to everyone, as I said- I'll improve the tutorial and video if necessary.


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Tutorials / Slackwhip Techniques
« on: July 07, 2008, 01:59:31 PM »
Hello.

I'm really into slackwhips at the moment, and trying to get onto some of the nicer looking ones. Plain C and J whips are really easy to get solid, but some of the others are quite difficult to get a hold of.

It'd be really helpful if people could share their techniques for slackwhips, like stick placement/movement and so on to make learning the tricky ones a little less tricky.

http://diabolotricks.com/Japanesewhips.htm#japanesecwhip

^^^ Those are the tricks you can refer to.

I'll start off:

Back Cup J-Whip:

Get the string slack the same way as a usual front cup j-whip, when drawing the J, hold your stick (assuming a right-hand whip) pointing upward at a 30* angle and point slightly to the right. Also, hold the stick slightly closer to yourself, the same distance closer to yourself as the rough width of your diabolo's cup.

It also helps to make the ending curve of the J motion a bit slower, this makes the loop a bit wider giving you a better chance of catching the diabolo cup.



Under the axle J-whip:

This one is all about trial & error. When learning, I found that it helps to start off without trying to catch the loop back on your stick, instead, keep throwing J-whips until you can consistently have the loop go clean under the axle and still have a good length of string to catch.

Once you've got this down, throw the J-whip under the axle and quickly- but smoothly point your right stick straight to the left and pointing slightly upward, then hold it over the diabolo's axle with only a short length of stick reaching over to make the catch.


That's pretty much all I've got to share right now.
Langerz, being the master of slacks would probably be the most experienced in this area, so hopefully he can give some help.

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Tricks / Azacide *VIDEO*
« on: July 06, 2008, 05:13:22 PM »
Hello.

I finally got around to recording and uploading my Azacide video, and I now decided on a name for it.
Now, this is by no means a spectacular suicide but instead a fantastic opening to integrals that starts with a suicide itself.

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5No-d4EzAqM]

Put that URL in your address bar to get to the video, I need to redirect to the YouTube site because the embed function seems to delete my video annotations, which contain the tutorial.

The tutorial is IN THE VIDEO, but the text boxes with the instructions are sometimes quite long and appear only briefly.
When you see a long one, pause your video to read it before you start playing to catch the whole thing.

Get creative with it!  :D

P.S: No that is NOT MY MUSIC. I know it ain't great, but it's better than listening to Aussie TV Commercials!
       It's from YouTube's new editing functions, which I must say are very good.

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Tricks / Trash's Web Special Releases
« on: June 08, 2008, 07:27:15 AM »
Alright, I'm hoping this is a new trick so I'll write up a tutorial for it- Video coming later;

1. Perform trash' web, casting with the RIGHT stick
2. Keep the right stick stationary, making sure the web stays on it as you circle the diabolos axle Counter-Clockwise with your left stick
3. Now swing your diabolo to the right and upwards, as it peaks let your sticks point upwards too.

Your diabolo should fly upward, and release itself from the string.

I suppose you could also use other release tricks as a replacement, like inverse trapezes or spaghettis, saying as how trash's web is still on open-string, only with a cool pattern in the string.

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Gear / Modification/Customization of Equipment
« on: May 26, 2008, 11:59:19 AM »
The title says it all;

What have people done to modify their diabolo gear?

I've found that electrical tape is really fun to play around with. Because you can find eltape  in a whole bunch of different colors, it's useful when you're trying to make your handsticks in particular more visible.

I have Xtreme G3s, white silicone grips- I thought that in the air they had a really blurred motion, because white doesn't contrast outdoors, so I wrapped three bands of black eltape onto the grips and now guiding them into genocides and catching integrals is that much easier.
Additionally, the tape constricts the grips and stops them from sliding off the stick itself so easily.

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Next up, a lot of people with silicone-grip Xtremes may have had the same problem as me: after wearing them out a bit, the grips can slide off the stick, especially during Chinese Whips. Before I used tape to hold the grips on, I used a much more successful method.
If anyone's tried gluing their grips down, especially with super-glue, you might've had the glue start to set as you slid the grip back on.
Unfortunately, super-glue dries very quickly, which is a shame because it's such a good glue. Instead, try to use Epoxy Resin. ER is a binary adhesive that is as strong if not stronger than super-glue in some cases. After mixing each component of the glue - A & B, you're left with a thick, slow-drying super strong glue that perfectly grips onto silicone- just smear it on your stick and slide the grip back on. (Ewwww)

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Lastly, me and my mates got my neglected little YoHo Comet and did some experimenting with "speed lines". Basically, we got out lots of black markers and drew lots of spirals and lines etc. trying to make a cool pattern appear when the diabolo spun. None of out crap worked, and the lines we drew just blurred-out when the diabolo got to speed.

Has anyone had any success customizing and modifying their gear like this?

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Gear / Sundia Handsticks
« on: May 24, 2008, 12:42:39 PM »
Hello.  ;D

As most of us know, Sundia has established itself as a large competitor on the diabolo market with their Sun and Fly series of diabolos.
Additionally, Sundia produces some very attractive handsticks, mostly carbon-type, which are meant to be the professional grade sticks.

Sundia's handsticks can be viewed here at Nev's online store, the UK distributor of Sundia products and more!
http://www.diabolomoves.com/diabolos/store/comersus_listItems.asp?idCategory=55


Anyways, like anyone, I want to know about the things I'm buying- but so far I haven't seen a detailed review of Sundia's handsticks.
Could somebody who's had experience with them, most likely Nev, post a guide about them?

How durable are they, what kind of other sticks do they compare to?
How string efficient are they, what kind of string attachment method do they use?
How comfortable are they, are the grips placed in the right position?

Thanks.
 

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Gear / Limited Edition CUSTOM Flys
« on: May 24, 2008, 08:54:34 AM »
Herrow.

I went to look around the Sundia website today, comparing the prices of their LED kits- and came across some very nice-looking custom Fly diabolos. Unfortunately, they're limited edition so buy 'em while they got 'em. They also sell specially signatured ones, from people like Ryo Yabe and diabolos branded with the Sundia logo.

Some of them look pretty damned nice, but others seem like they'd dish out the old "Looks like a turd" color when they're spinning. The signed ones are obviously more for show than for use, which is a bit of a waste of a Fly, IMO.
Some of the color schemes should definitely be entered into constant manufacture, and lose the limited edition label - just like the Crystal Suns.

Also, this is a bit off-topic: JuggleArt.com.au now stocks Sundia Suns, for $46AUD and Crystal Suns for $50, the same price as a Fly. Hurrah for all the Aussie, Tassy and Kiwi diaboloists! $46-50 is probably the best price we're gonna get, especially with free shipping within Australia for packages <1kg.










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Diabolo.ca Policy & Feedback / A bug and some weirdness...
« on: April 07, 2008, 12:48:48 PM »
Alright, every day I browse through several articles on this site, and have noticed two recurring... things  :-\

One is that the search button is faulty, sometimes when you make a search you'll receive a message box saying there were no results, but if you click the search button again on that message box all the relevant articles finally pop up.
Eg. try searching 'sun'. I get a "no results' message, but when I click search in that message box, the relevant articles come up.

This one is less of a bug or technical problem, it's just that the 'new' sticker next to the titles of articles stays there for too long.
Eg. a one-month old thread may still have the 'new' sticker next to its name. It's just a bit hard to distinguish really new threads from older ones when browsing the site...

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Gear / Good uses for Bearing diabolos
« on: April 06, 2008, 06:28:24 AM »
With the Sundia Fly making Bearing diabolos more popular, I think it would be useful to have a list of maneuvers and tricks that Bearing diabolos excel in, or make more difficult.

-Bearing diabolos are meant to make Vertax much, much easier in most tricks.

-They're meant to make 'opposite-wrap' tricks more difficult, like elevators.

-2D is supposed to be a bit more work, but- as Nev' proven, could also be quite rewarding.

That's all I got, what other tricks are made more easy/difficult?

 

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Gear / 'Which Diabolo To Choose'
« on: March 09, 2008, 10:28:10 AM »
Eh herroh dere, today I was browsing YouTube and found a decently informative video from the owner of JugglingStore, this 7 Minute video gives some details on the workings of diabolos, showcasing and detailing most of the diabolos JugglingStore stocks.

It covers the general range of diabolos, including disappointingly brief examples of the more popular Fly, Circus and Finesse diabolos.

http://www.youtube.com/v/uQw4H89uh6o

Enjoy?  ::)
Oh yeah, I have no freakin' idea how to embed a video from YouTube, so feel free to follow the link somewhere in that mess and embed the video yourself if mine didn't work.

Mod edit - hit the modify button and see how it's done
^^^  Just a URL? That's a surprise. Thanks a lot.

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Diabolo.ca Policy & Feedback / Homepage Embedded IM Client
« on: January 18, 2008, 08:20:21 AM »
Eh hello, I was just thinking of what could turn out to be a great addition to the communication factor of D.ca, a Home-Page Embedded Chat Client!!!

Simply, it'd be great for the site manager to add a simple window in the forum home page that allows logged-in members to instantly chat to each other globally.

This would be great to reduce the number of unnecessary and useless topics/threads made from people asking simple or short questions that could instantly, and effectively be responded to by other members via. a chat window.

Opinions?

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Tricks / Overarms!
« on: December 10, 2007, 12:24:24 PM »
Hi there!, I've been looking into 1D overarms lately as my new trick category to practice while I wait for my second finesse to arrive.
Of course, I came right to diabolo.ca first-up to do some learning on the subject of overarms, an realized that there were no general overarm threads! Or at least, complete and recent ones.

Anyways, back on the topic: I've been playing with overarms and so far have gotten the gist of basic overarm orbits along with a single trick of that type: http://diabolotricks.com/O-extras.htm  That is, the "Overarm-Swoop", and "Swoop-Sun".

But now the tricks I want to learn involve "String-Wraps" (Mid-page in the link above ^ ). This is the part I need help with; I've attempted both "Armover String-Wraps" and "Left-Catch String-Wrap Intros" and neither seems to be working for me!

As I reach to the right to try to enter the wrap, my string either goes slack and the diabolo flies away to my right, or should I cheat and enter the wrap by contorting my right stick, my diabolo (Finesse G3) doesn't revolve across the loop on my arm as it should but rather grinds to a friction-burny stop on my arm.

Also, it feels very awkward for me to maneuver my left stick around mt right arm for some reason, probably because I'm straining to pull the string taut against the diabolo.

I suppose the problem is in string length... opinions?

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Gear / Damaged or malfunctioning gear?
« on: November 21, 2007, 05:48:31 AM »
Hello, I made this topic for people to come about to post questions and ask for advice about their faulty/damaged or problematic gear.
(I read through all 13 pages of the 'gear' section, and didn't find any similar topics - multiple searches also came up dud  ;)  )

So, I'll go first: The Finger Axel that I've installed on my G3 Finesse seems to be a little... rusty, I guess. It has a sticky feeling as if a sugary drink had been spilled on it and dried or something and causes my Diabolo to 'Roll-up' the string just as it begins to gain speed (In a wrap).

I'll change my string and see if that solves the problem, but by the feel of the axle, I'd assume there's something awry going on there, too.
Anyways, that's about it for me.

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