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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?


Gear / Phoenix Diabolo: New Diabolo from Duncan Yo-yos
« on: March 07, 2008, 10:15:57 AM »
Duncan Yo-Yos have just released their product catalogue for 2008.
Of particular note to people on this forum is their plan to release a new diabolo:

They only have early CAD designs available as it is still in the prototyping stage at the moment. From Jack Ringca, Team Leader of the Duncan Crew:
We are really excited about the proto and hope to produce an even better product than that. There are portions of its design that are not shown due to forthcoming patents.
Still waiting to hear about the specs.


Community & Events / Birmingham Ballring - 16th February, 2008
« on: January 07, 2008, 04:05:39 PM »
No plug for this yet:

Ballring 2008
When: 10 am - 8 pm. 16th February, 2008.
Where: Guild of Students, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston (just off Bristol Road in Selly Oak).
Cost: £5 including show ticket (£3 for convention only).
One day Juggling convention organised by the University of Birmingham's circus club (Purple Mermaid). Multiple juggling rooms, renegade show, professional show, games, traders, workshops and a student bar!

Vux in the show, too!

Videos / Let Me Entertain You - 05/06/07
« on: June 05, 2007, 12:52:34 PM »
Whilst looking through the BBC's listings for tonight I came across this talent show:
Let Me Entertain You
Tue 5 Jun, 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm  30mins
Tonight's acts include a pop group, a 69 year old who performs comedy for the first time ever, a musical theatre singer and a Diablo performer. Hosted by Brian Conley.
Listing Here.

Poor form, misspelling "diabolo". Where does that licence fee go?
Is this anyone from here?


Tutorials / Solid Loop Diabolo Workshop - Notes
« on: April 16, 2007, 03:13:12 PM »
Tom Derrick and I ran a workshop on Solid Loop Diabolo Technique at last week's BJC. (Thank you to everyone who came along.)
During the process of preparing for the workshop I made step-by-step instructional notes for most of the tricks that I do regularly. If anyone is interested in learning some loop diabolo, my notes are available to download from here:
Solid Loop Workshop Notes

It would be nice to see more people experimenting with loop play, so hopefully this will inspire someone.
Any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
Happy Learning,

Edit: Now with videos to illustrate some of the tricks:
Gyro Flop
Frontstyle Stuff
Slack Suicide
Re-Edit: Videos are Offline.

Community & Events / 12th Birmingham Circus Convention - 5th May 2007
« on: April 05, 2007, 01:57:03 PM »
Only a month away.

10am to 10pm on Saturday 5th May 2007
Ladywood Arts and Leisure Centre,
Monument Rd, Ladywood, Birmingham, B16 8TR.
For more information:

Usually a fairly good turnout of diabolo players for this. Who's going this year?
P.S. Vux is performing in the show if you needed any more incentive.

Gear / Single-Sided Diabolos
« on: February 20, 2007, 12:44:43 PM »
Inspired by JC's homemade single-sided diabolo thread, I thought I'd post a picture of my collection of "diabolo-tops":

From left to right:
1. Babache Finesse. You all know what this is. Presented here for scale.
2. A traditional wooden one-sided diabolo. A friend brought me this as a souvenir from China. It wobbles a fair bit and loses spin too quickly to be of any real use. Mostly ornamental apart from some occasional use when learning to make it spin.
3. This is a more modern, plastic version of the previous item. Described on eBay as a "CHINESE YO-YO DIABOLO JUGGLING RUBBER OUTDOOL TOY" the cup is shaped like that of a normal diabolo. I think that this plays much nicer than the wooden one. No vibration, it spins for longer and it precesses slower, too. It also feels much sturdier than the wooden version and doesn't make the whistling noise. Bonus.
4. This unlikely looking device is another variation on the single-sided diabolo. Described as an "ELEGANT BEIJING YO-YO DIABOLO JUGGLING OUTDOOL TOY" it is very similar to the wooden diabolo. The funky thing about this one is the third axle coming from the other side of the "wheel". By catching the diabolo on this axle you can reverse the direction of precession.

There doesn't seem to be much about single-sided diabolo on the 'net. Most of what I have found out was from this Diabolo Tricks page:

In terms of tricks I don't really have much that's good yet. I've mostly been playing around with magic knot variations, using the precession to add or remove twists in the string instead of suns, and yes, a bit of slack. I've also been working on the ubiquitous "grind into top-style" trick. Once I get this down I'm going to try pillaging tricks from spin top videos.
Is anyone else playing around with this kind of diabolo?


Tutorials / HOWTO: Marron's Instant Eiffel Tower
« on: February 12, 2007, 10:47:10 AM »
Its no secret that I like Eiffel Towers and I really enjoyed the Higami video. So, when people asked me how Marron's excellent instant whip Eiffel Tower worked, I had to figure it out.


The video shows the mechanics of the trick. I can't do it with anything near Marron's style, but this should hopefully help people to figure out how and why it works.

I hope that this is useful to somebody.

Videos / Juggler Senjyu
« on: January 25, 2007, 04:42:41 PM »
Just found these videos on I couldn't see them on here yet, so I thought a cross-post was in order.

Click on the "Movies" section for two good Juggling/Diabolo videos (also Masaki Hirano's latest(?) video.). Some nice looking integral stuff and a fair bit of vertax going on.


Videos / Taiwan Yo Yo Contest 2006 Diabolo Demonstration
« on: August 24, 2006, 10:55:43 AM »
The results for the Taiwan Yo-yo Contest 2006 were just posted online. One of the routines was a diabolo demonstration, so I thought you lot might be interested. Here is the link:

Some nice ideas with one and two, an Eiffel Tower, a little bit of three and some of the pinkest diabolos I've ever seen. What more could you ask for?

Community & Events / 11th Birmingham Circus Convention - 6th May 2006
« on: April 26, 2006, 02:14:52 PM »
Looking to keep the convention energy high after a fantastic BJC, so I thought I'd plug this as its only a week and a half away.

10am to 10pm on Saturday 6th May 2006
Ladywood Arts and Leisure Centre,
Monument Rd, Ladywood, Birmingham, B16 8TR

There was a pretty good diabolo turnout for this last year, so it would be good to see everybody again. Hopefully it will be better attended (and better) than the Birmingham Uni event in February.

Website -


Convention season is upon us again! This one is organised by the University of Birmingham Circus Society and takes place at the University Guild of Students, Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston (just off Bristol Road in Selly Oak).

Times are as follows: Convention - 10am - 6pm; Show - 7.30pm - 9pm

For more information check out

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