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Please note that these events do NOT name a World Title or Champion.  They are just a fun part of the larger World Yo-Yo Contest.

The World Yo-Yo Contest 2008
Orlando, Florida
July 31 - August2

There will be a Diabolo Ladder again at The World Yo-Yo Contest.  This is the 3rd year we have run a Diabolo Ladder at Worlds, and we tried to make this ladder a little more challenging.   Though most diabolo players will think this is a pretty easy list. 

Here is the Diabolo Ladder (all videos will be posted soon):

For the 1st time at Worlds, we will be having a Diabolo Freestyle Exhibition.  The 7 to 10 contestants who place highest on the Ladder will be given a chance to freestyle.  Freestyles will be 2 minutes, and they will be judged on a criteria system.

Here are the Rules for the Diabolo Freestyles:

Contact me if you have any questions.

AIM: stupendousyoyo

Community & Events / Diabolo Competitions?
« on: August 16, 2007, 08:14:04 PM »

I know that competitions are now for everyone.  However, contests and conventions with contests are a great reason for people to get together and show off their skills.


#1  Are there any diabolo competions in the U.S.?

#2  How are diabolo Freestyles/Performances judged?  Are they judged on a point system or by style or by opinion only?


Videos / My first diabolo clip video....
« on: July 28, 2007, 05:06:39 AM »
Here is my first diabolo clip video. I am not the best.  It is just me having fun with my diabolos.


check it out...

Community & Events / Introducing the Diabolo Trick Exhibition for 2005
« on: September 05, 2005, 08:29:16 PM »
#1  This is not a U.S. NATIONAL Diabolo Contest.  It is a Diabolo Trick Ladder Exhibition.  Winners of each division will win a metal or prize, but may not claim a National Tilte.

#2  I apologize for the very late notice for the trick list.  I know you only have 4 weeks to practice.  However, putting together a good trick list was a lot more work then i thought it would be.  

The Diabolo Trick Exhibition will be held in the park in Chico, California during the National Yo-Yo Contest Sat. Oct. 1, 2005.  The Diabolo Trick Exhibition will have its own platform, and the exhibition will begin at 10:00am.

2005 Diabolo Trick Exhibition

General Rules:
Any diabolo may be used for the ladder tricks, you may change diabolos or sticks after any attempt. All tricks must end with a spinner on the string, the strings untangled, and the diabolo in control. Players get one attempt at each trick. Players score is determined as follows: When a player has missed a second trick, the player is retired and the score is the last trick completed/first trick missed. This division will be divided into age groups as follows: 11 & under, 12 - 16, 17 & over

Many of these trick descriptions have been written for the right hand as the dominant hand.  All tricks may be done by using the left hand as the dominant hand.

Tie Breakers:
Player who went furthest (last trick completed) on Ladder, or if still a tie, Player who went furthest on Ladder before first miss. If still a tie or more than one player completes the Ladder with no misses, then the tie breaker will be the amount of whip catches that can be completed without added spin to the diabolo.

1. Spinner (5 seconds)
Start the diabolo and have it spin for 5 seconds with your sticks still.

2. Sun
With the sticks together, swing the diabolo around in a full vertical circle.  Do both directions for a complete trick.

3. Waterfall
Wrap the string around the opposite stick and under the diabolo.  Flip the diabolo off the double string.

4. Trapeze
Swing the diabolo to either the right or the left over the stick and land it on the string in-between the sticks.

5. High toss and catch
Toss the diabolo and catch it on the string. Diabolo must be tossed higher then your head.

6. Orbits (3 times)
Move the diabolo on the string from one side to the other. Toss the diabolo as it nears one stick.  Catch the diabolo near the other stick, allowing it to move on the string to begin the next Orbit.

7. Backside
Toss the diabolo. Sweep the string coming from one stick over the axle and under the diabolo. After doing this the string will be crossed in the same way as if you caught the diabolo cross handed.  Any dismount.

8. Flea Bounce/Trampoline Over Head (5 times)
Lift the string up above your head with the diabolo spinning. Hold the string tight and horizontal. Push the diabolo up slightly to make it bounce.

9. Chinese suicide
Do a trapeze to the right. Point the left stick at the diabolo along the line of spin and let go. The handstick should  make a complete circle around the diabolo and right stick and back to your left hand .

10.  Elevator
Wrap the string around the axle of the diabolo with one stick. Raise one stick high and pull down with the other stick. Have the diabolo climb at least two thirds of the string.  Any dismount.

11. Behind the back catch
Toss the diabolo and catch it on the string behind your back.

12. Cat's cradle
You can get into and out of the Cat's Cradle anyway you want.  In a cat's cradle the strings creates an X.  After the cradle has been made, with the diabolo below the cradle, toss the diabolo up and catch it on top of the cradle. End with any dismount.

13. Around the arm (3 times)
Toss the diabolo over one arm.

14. Around the leg (3 times)
Toss the diabolo around one leg.

15. Double on trapeze
Do a Trapeze. Then swing the diabolo around again, in the same direction, to land on the string a second time.

16. Stick grind (3 seconds)
Hop the diabolo on one stick and grind for 3 seconds.

17. Whip catch
Hop diabolo off the string and catch it with a whip catch.  Any whip catch is ok.

18. Umbrella (3 reps - 1 rep is both directions)
Start with a Sun.  'Pull' the diabolo to the left when the diabolo passes to the right.  Pull the diabolo to the right when the diabolo goes to the left.

19. Neck trampoline (4 bounces)
Either place the diabolo string around your neck with the diabolo on the string, or hop the diabolo off the string, wrap the string around your neck, and catch the diabolo.  Bounce the diabolo from string to string 4 times.  Any dismount.

20. Grind Pass
Start grinding on one stick and pass the diabolo to the other stick for a grind and then back to the string.

21. Magic Knot/Spaghetti
A series of warps ending in a release. Point the left stick right and raise horizontally. With right stick, wrap (from back) over stick.  Wrap (from right) under axle. Wrap (from front)  over stick.  Wrap (from left) under axle.  Slowly pull sticks apart to almost normal position.  Toss diabolo up between sticks and pull sticks releasing string loops and diabolo. Catch diabolo.

22. Propeller
Do an Inverse Trapeze on the right stick. Place the right stick onto the diabolo in line with the spin.  Now let go of the right stick so it travels around the diabolo. Catch the stick after it makes one revolution.

23  Coffee grinder (3 grinds)
Do a back side or recapture mount. Move the left stick above the diabolo horizontally. Move the right stick so its string moves behind the left stick and lays just ahead of the handle. Pull right stick toward you making a triangle. Keeping the right stick parallel to ground and axle, 'poke' it into triangle below.  Move the right stick out against the right side of triangle and then into a clockwise movement under the diabolo and around back.  This is the grind of coffee grinder.  Do 3 grinds and end with any dismount.

24. Suicide
Do a Trapeze to the left, but before the diabolo lands on the string throw the right stick across so it circles around the diabolo. Then catch the stick again.

25. Loop and hook whip catch
Put both stick handles in one hand. Split the string with your other hand, toss the diabolo up and catch in on the doubled string. Place string loop end over the sticks' ends. Throw the diabolo up for a snap release. Catch diabolo with a whip catch.  Any whip catch is ok.

26. X-Grind
Toss the diabolo up. Cross the sticks. Catch the diabolo where the sticks meet. Toss the diabolo up, and catch the diabolo.

27.  Behind the back whip catch
Toss diabolo and catch with a whip catch behind the back.  Any whip catch is ok.

28.  Figure-8 around both arms (3 reps - 1 rep is around both arms)
Place the string under elbows.  Toss the diabolo over one arm and then over the other arm in a figure 8 pattern.

29.  Duicide
Begin like a suicide but let go of both sticks so they do a full circle and catch them again.

30. Infinite Suicide (3 reps)
Wrap the string around the axle of the diabolo with your right stick. As you go underneath the diabolo, let go of the left stick.  As the left stick gets about 180 degrees around tug the right stick upwards and rewrap the diabolo. Do 3 repetitions and catch the left stick.  Any dismount.

There will proabbaly not be videos available this year to demonstrate these tricks. However, please use the web links provided or e-mail me to help learn the tricks.

Thank Yous...

I want to thank Bob Maloney for being supportive from the very beginning.  Without his support this exhibition could not have happened.

I want to thank Jim from for allowing us to link to his site.  His web site is an amazing resource for diabolo players.  He even included the trick list on his site.  YAY!

I want to thank Yosshi Mikamoto and Pat Borgerding (yowhatever) for spending one long night on AIM putting together the first initial trick list.  It has changed a lot since then.

I want to thank Matt (boxthor), Doc Pop, Aaron Sparks (AZA), Kyo, Max, and Guy Heathcote for all their help in revising the trick list.  Thanks guys!

I finally want to thank Dale Oliver from Spintastics for his help and inspiration with the whole diabolo trick list and exhibition rules.  Thanks Dale!!

See you at Nats!


Community & Events / Diabolo Competitions
« on: August 20, 2005, 08:41:25 PM »
Hello Everyone,
My name is Stu and I am an yo-yo competitor.  I am also on the Board for the AYYA (the American Yo-Yo Assosciaition)  Many people in the yo-yo comunity also use tops, juggle, and of course use diabolos.  At the National Yo-Yo Contest each year, besides a yo-yo contest, there is also a top contest.  I am interested in trying to have a diabolo contest, which consists of a trick list or trick ladder.

Does anyone have any ideas or opinions on how this type of contest could be run or what tricks could be involved?

Also are there any Diabolo contests in or outside of teh U.S.?


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