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General / What happened to the stars of Diabolo Follies?
« on: April 16, 2010, 07:25:22 PM »
Guys,

I recently received Diabolo Follies on DVD for Christmas and was wondering what happened to the stars of the film.  I'm sure Mr. Babache is still busy making tons of money, but what about the other two performers.  I don't remember their names.  They were French names.  The only thing French about me is my last name, so I can't remember their names.  It seems that they would have had a great headstart on all of us, since they were the superstars of diabolo back in 1993.

Does anyone have any information?

Thanks,

Jason

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General / Mr. Babache and 4D Low
« on: February 25, 2010, 06:37:54 PM »
Guys,

Has anyone else seen this picture in the "Events" section of the Mr. Babache website (http://www.jonglerie.com/en/events/) ?

Notice the picture of Ofek doing 4D around his leg.  Is it just me, or is this giving the general public an unrealistic image of diabolo?  I know the "general public" will probably never visit that site, but non-diabolo jugglers may visit.

Your thoughts please.

Thanks,

Jason

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General / Advice on Gear for Students?
« on: February 15, 2010, 01:47:22 PM »
Guys,

I have been given the great opportunity to teach a diabolo class at the community center next month.  Since almost everyone in Houston, TX, is a diabolo virgin, I was planning on purchasing the gear and letting the students purchase it from me.  Since I need advice, and this forum is the best place to get it, I'm asking you guys for advice. :)

That said, what would you recommend for the gear.  I would like for the students to be able to go through an introduction and intermediate class with the same diabolo.  I would also like for them to be able to learn two diabolos with that same model.

For sticks, I'm thinking of just using wooden sticks for the first two classes. 

Once they get to a higher level, I'll let the students pick their own gear.

I would like to keep my equipment purchase price under $15 per set (diabolo, sticks, and string).  I know the sticks and string are negligible, so I guess I'm really just asking for a good diabolo for around $13.

Please let me know.

Thanks,

Jason

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Tricks / "Tricks" vs. "Highly Complicated Moves"
« on: November 30, 2009, 08:52:48 PM »
Guys,

I was explaining a trick to my coworker a few weeks ago, when he interupted me with this question, "Why do you call it a 'trick'?"  He went on to say that he was offended when someone referred to his martial arts moves as "tricks" and that the word "trick" implies that we are fooling people by "tricking" them.  It basically puts it on the same level as card "tricks", many of which don't require any skill and can be taught in 5 minutes.  I agreed.  We don't do "tricks", we do "highly complicated moves" that require skills that can only be honed through countless hours of diligent practice.

I know nobody will change what you call the moves you make, but I thought some of you might like to ponder this point and leave comments of your own.

-Jason

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Performances / Diabolo on Lots and Lots of Caffeine
« on: November 25, 2009, 02:32:23 PM »
Guys,

I'm sure some of you have seen this, but this guy is VERY high energy.  He is also VERY good, both at performing and at the technical level.

When watching, I couldn't help but think, "This guy's on crack!" 

Pierre-Marchand

Enjoy!

Jason

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Community & Events / I'll be in Boston November 13-15.
« on: October 22, 2009, 04:20:10 PM »
Hey Guys,

I'll be in Boston for a business trip soon, but I'll stay the rest of the weekend and have my wife meet me up there to enjoy the sights.  I would like to meet up with some of the diaboloists there, but I'm not sure who's there besides Jacob Sharpe.  If anyone has some spare time that weekend to help an intermediate diaboloist improve his skills, please let me know.

Also, for those of you who have been there, should I rent a car or take public transportation?  Where is a nice area to stay in town that won't be too expensive (less than $125 a night, if possible).  What are the top attractions you would recommend?  My wife and I really like historic attractions.  I know Boston is full of them, but I don't know which are the best.


I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

Thanks,

Jason

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Performing / Chinese Moon Festival Performance
« on: September 27, 2009, 09:16:13 PM »
Juggling.tv - My first recorded performance.

Hey Everyone,
This is my performance at the Chinese Moon Festival in Clear Lake, TX (south of Houston) on September 26, 2009.  I was the only diabolo performer amongst 14 acts.  I made several big mistakes on some pretty easy stuff, but I was happy with my performance.  I'll start doing street shows to get used to performing in front of people.  I already have another gig for the Chinese New Year's festival, and I may start a class for the Chinese children at the local church!

Thanks to everyone who gave me advice.  I tried to incorporate it all, but I forgot most of it when I got on stage. :-/

Thanks for watching!!!

Jason

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Performing / Two Performances This Weekend
« on: September 25, 2009, 06:34:13 PM »
Guys and Gals,

I'm performing tonight in front of about 50 people.  I have my routine planned out a bit, but I haven't had much time to practice.

I have a bigger performance tomorrow night in front of about 600 people at an Asian festival here in South Houston.  I'll be doing the same routine for both shows.

Does anyone have some advice to keep from getting nervous and going too fast?  I have performed before, but not very many times or in front of as many people.

I'll post the video, if I can get a camera and film it.  Thanks,
Jason

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I'm New / 2D Chinese Whips and White Boy Twist
« on: June 18, 2009, 08:55:15 PM »
Guys,

I've been doing 2D for many years (I actually learned in the first couple of months by getting my dad to throw in the second one by hand.)  Since I've been 99% self taught and I put the diabolos down for several years during and after college, I'm sure I'm making some mistakes that shouldn't be giving me so much trouble. 

Anyway, every time I do chinese whips to speed up my diabolos, the one I'm speeding up twists clockwise, if you're looking down at it from the ceiling.  I don't have a problem putting it back into the shuffle and correcting it or even correcting it while it's still wrapped, but I don't want to have to do that.  Can someone please let me know what I'm doing wrong?

I'm right handed and playing with Finesse G3's without mods, Henry's aluminum handsticks, and Henry's neon yellow string.

Thanks,

Jason

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General / Anybody live in Houston, TX?????
« on: June 17, 2009, 05:59:44 PM »
Guys, I started learning diabolo in south Louisiana and moved to Houston three years ago.  Besides one girl I went to college with who was from Tiawan, I have never met anyone who could do more than basic tricks.  I'm teaching some kids at my apartment complex, but I need someone I can learn from.  If anyone lives in or around Houston, please let me know.  Maybe we can start a team.

Thanks,

Jason

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