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Gear / Re: DEOS Sticks grips sliding off.
« on: January 16, 2015, 09:30:06 AM »
Link fixed. I broke one of my old sets the same way, but that's due to me being a dumbass and smashing them against a wall indoors.

Gear / Re: DEOS Sticks grips sliding off.
« on: January 16, 2015, 12:03:40 AM »
Just adding my two cents to say that I've got this issue on both of my sets of DEOS sticks. I made a topic before expressing frustration with the DEOS stick design; with the grips slipping off I've found the stick itself was cut in half and taped back together, likely to remove the barrier I discuss in that topic.

This may be why the grips are sliding off; there's two separate pieces to the sticks and as you use them and they move back and forth the grips move further and further away as a result.

Tricks / Re: Tricks & Routines!
« on: January 15, 2015, 11:57:22 PM »
Without getting too crazy into breaking down each individual part of your posts, as mentioned by JT even a potato tier quality recording of anything you need help fixing will be better than nothing, and it seems like you're on it. Once you get a picture of your string most people will probably be able to ID it at a glance.

With February to March as a deadline,  learning, practicing and building a vocabulary of sequences based on all of those tricks you're interested will be achievable to incredibly difficult. If you're going to take that seriously, write down everything you want to work on, and then drill them every day. Once you can do a trick on its own, figure out other ways to get into position for it and into another afterwards, because learning a trick in isolation is virtually useless.

Magic knots are pretty versatile and can be thrown in pretty much anywhere. Slack whips all put you into variations of trapezes which can be used for magic knots; magic knots themselves can be used to set-up the entire genocide tree of suicides and by extension integrals. If you haven't learned many figure out how to do open suns between your arms as the directional flow can lead into knots and suicides quite easily.

Regarding performing all the advice I can give you is not to forget the audience you're performing for; if you're going to get up on stage for a ****load of jugglers it's understandable you may want to focus on technical skill but there's no sense killing yourself trying to perfect a 3 minute integral-genocide-mini-geni-duicide combo when muggles get their minds blown wide open by a simple feckin' elevator.

Relax, smile, have fun, and yeah, not having a community to support you can kinda suck. Here in Ireland there's only 5 active diaboloists and we all know each other. Two of them live hours away from me and the other two are on the other side of the bloody country; just keep at it, be friendly and encourage people who are curious about your work to try it out.

Learning to juggle and spin poi and other crap like that will give you ideas on how to abuse your diabolo as well as offer you a way to show, teach and hook people who might not be interested in learning diabolo (Most people hate learning diabolo and I can't really blame them) into sticking around and creating a community.

Tricks / Re: What do you wish you'd learned earlier?
« on: November 13, 2014, 10:53:36 PM »
The in front and behind the legs sun, it's not that hard, but I only learned it a few weeks ago.

Is that the through the legs variation? I'm still trying to wrap my head around it.

Videos / Re: Torii Brothers New Video
« on: November 08, 2014, 10:34:57 PM »
On topic: Loving the tricks, I really need to work on integral stuff sometimes.. I have no excuse if these two can pull it off, and they'll only be getting better. Not sure what the feck's up with the diabolo video trend of mountain/forest background scenery, though.


You know what the best part about diabolo is? Spinning it up. It's so much fun dedicating time and cognitive energy to making sure your diabolo has enough speed to pull off a trick and continue it on into a sequence before the next time you've set aside a segment of your routine to spinning up. It's particularly fun when working in vertax, which allows you larger opportunities for the fun acceleration period of diabolo.

Except not really.

I prefer fixed axles, but there are definite advantages and disadvantages to using them or bearing diabolos. Largerly, it ends up becoming a style preference; if you look at the stuff coming out of Asia, their use of bearings opens up certain trick sequences and possibilities that might not otherwise be doable or at least practical in use for a fixed axle. If someone manages to pull off a 531 sequence and the diabolos they're using happen to have bearings in them, that doesn't mean they can't pull off 531. Maybe they're just not arsed spending as much time spinning up.

Complaining about bearing diabolos doesn't make the person using them less skilled. It just makes you look like an asshat.

Tricks / Re: What do you wish you'd learned earlier?
« on: November 08, 2014, 10:14:01 PM »
Sorry, I didn't understand that. What is a rimthrow? And what is a duicide again?  :)

By 'rimthrow' I can only assume he means the toss diabolo start that involves holding the rim of the cup on one side. The more common ones people start out practicing are a cup toss where your hand holds the diabolo underneath it, pulling up when holding both cups, or the axle toss, where you grip the axle with your hand over the top of the diabolo, pulling down when you release.

Gear / Re: How many diabolos?
« on: October 02, 2014, 12:09:23 PM »
x3 Taibolo V2s
x2 Taibolo LED (Old Style)
x1 Taibolo LED (New Style)
x1 Fyrefli Comet
x1 Sundia Fire Diabolo

8 total. I'm also on my 4th set of DEOS handsticks, a set of Sundia LED handsticks and own two sets of Henry's aluminum's, one of which I use exclusively for fire.

Community & Events / Re: EJC Meetup?
« on: July 15, 2014, 10:48:34 PM »
And you look exactly like your avatar?


Community & Events / EJC Meetup?
« on: July 14, 2014, 09:18:07 PM »
In the collaboration video topic the idea for people to meet up and record stuff together was pitched. I barely know the international circus community and it's safe to assume not all diaboloists are part of, so who's for organizing to meet at a specific time on a particular day?

Below is the sitemap for the convention. Seems like the best place to keep an eye open would be in the main juggling space; given Priam's masterclasses,  meeting up around 3 or 4 (perhaps on Monday) could work out grand. Otherwise, I'll be carrying around my equipment all week if anyone wants to flag me down to record some footage.

Gear / Re: Proline string
« on: July 14, 2014, 01:28:07 PM »
For some reason every set of Henry's fibreglass or carbon fibre sticks I've ever seen on sale comes with this string. I had a reel of it for a while; it is incredibly rigid, so if you're used to string having a bit of flex it can be quite disconcerting. It didn't feel like it had very much friction, either, so I went on using the string I usually have after running down the length I'd been using.

Gear / Re: just found a cool link
« on: July 09, 2014, 01:03:54 AM »
I think this is just blatant self promotion right here. Makes me somewhat angry and sad to see.

+1. I was trying to find some sort of report link on the post but couldn't find it. He claims to have "found" a link and then makes a post about his own website. The fact he's only made one other post on the forum suggests he didn't even put any effort into attempting to look around before advertising.

It's pretty aggravating and you see it a lot on the circus-related facebook groups too. Obviously a lot of the bigger companies like Oddballs and Firetoys started off really small and had to push to build an audience at first but it still feels quite disrespectful given the niche community there is here.

General / Re: Its that time of year!
« on: July 01, 2014, 06:13:46 PM »
For what it's worth, if anyone interested in editing the video footage is going to EJC I can pass off all my footage to you then and there as I've offered to record stuff earlier in the thread. Might alleviate any concerns about downloading entries with crappy internet speeds if people can get their stuff done at the convention!

I'm New / Re: Diabolo World Records
« on: June 21, 2014, 11:50:22 AM »
Not going to comment on the quality of submissions or ethical implications of making the participants do all the work, but the criteria for record type seems to be as loose as the record themselves. There doesn't appear to be any review process; there are two records up for grinds, both of which are using ball-bearing diabolos. There are also records for incredibly similar variations of the exact same thing;  such as diabolos catches and diabolo catches while on knees.

General / Re: Its that time of year!
« on: June 15, 2014, 07:45:43 PM »
I'm one of the people that's been conscripted to record the shows at EJC, so I'll be lugging my equipment around all week if anyone wants to get **** done then. Passing could be nice, but I think I'll keep out of it as being a lefty messes up shots!

I'm New / Re: Diabolo wrapped in string
« on: June 11, 2014, 06:28:42 PM »
There are so many things that could possibly be going wrong that I'd honestly suggest recording yourself doing diabolo so it could be more easily diagnosed by someone not able to watch you in person, or give examples of the kinds of moves you're trying to do where this problem kicks in.

Tricks / Re: What do you wish you'd learned earlier?
« on: May 28, 2014, 12:30:25 PM »
@OP: 3D low... I've only been exposed to 3D low like two or three years ago, and I notice my country is kinda slow in advancement of tricks ? I noticed in this forum you guys start talking about 3D low since around 2006...

Here in Ireland diabolo isn't too popular; there's only a handful of us who do it regularly, and very few can get a 3D shuffle going let alone pull off tricks with it. Pretty much all of us check this forum quite regularly too, haha. Can be a bit hard learning things without having someone to bounce questions off of.

As of late I've been working on 1D leg bounces to co-incide with 2D columns and it's made a world of difference in how to pull off a lot of related moves. I'm also revisting a bunch of magic knots I know for vertax work.

Am i the only one to think that the number of diabolos is not important ? haha

Definitely not, though admittedly I have neglected 2D in lieu of 1D regular & vertax tricks. There's just so much **** to learn and I don't think I'll have a comfortable 2D vocabulary for a while. Still hoping to push myself so I can get a 3D shuffle before EJC.

Videos / Re: Small practise video by Aaro
« on: April 15, 2014, 01:23:18 AM »
Probably not your intention when making it, but jeez, I learned a hell of a lot of new moves from watching this video! You execute everything so cleanly and with a comprehensible speed. Fair play!

Videos / Re: AJDC 2014 Hayato Watanabe
« on: April 05, 2014, 06:55:15 PM »
+1 for style. I like how relaxed everything feels. Awesome music choices too - Ratatat!

General / Re: Alt String?
« on: March 29, 2014, 10:21:23 PM »
How much are you buying in a reel and how often do you replace your string if it's costing you 50 dollars?

I prefer proline's string; I buy 25m white reels as they cost less than other colours but decided to keep a smaller reserve of green for stage visibility.

General / Re: Best Diabolo in General?
« on: March 16, 2014, 12:11:08 PM »
For the majority of suicides the weight of the diabolo and the angle you release at will carry the entire move; you won't need to try and force momentum with your sticks. You've probably already seen a few videos but I might as well talk you through what I did to learn infinites as I only figured them out recently having failed to understand what to do for a very long time.

First of all, wrap your diabolo and then pull your driving stick up just above shoulder height, and let the diabolo fall off. That's pretty much your starting position; how high you hold your stick depends on how long your string is for the most part.

Now do it a second time, watching your offhand stick. See when it swings to 3 or 9 on the clock face positions (Depends on if you're a lefty or righty)? That's when you're supposed to flick your stick underneath the diabolo to wrap it again.

Finally, during the wrap, pull directly up and wait a moment for the diabolo to slide down. If you don't know what it's supposed to feel like, go back to the first step and try that a few times. When you see (Looking at your offhand stick) or feel the right position (It'll tighten up then loosen), wrap again.

Repeat until you've completed the desired amount of infinites, or get bored. You can actually build up speed with an infinite because of how it wraps; you don't need any momentum at all to start. The big problem for me was getting used to the pause. Wrap, pause, wrap (Pull up!), pause, wrap (Pull up!), pause, etc.

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