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Gear / Sundia Sun vs. Sun Rise & light kits
« on: September 14, 2016, 09:08:24 PM »
Hey guys,

I'm looking to purchase 3 x Sundia's because I like their new light kits.

Can anyone give me some advice on:

1. What do you think of the light kits? Any tips etc?

2. Would you recommend Sundia Sun or Sun Rise?



European Juggling Convention 2016 - Almere, Netherlands

This is a video collaboration of over 50 diaboloists that were at the EJC in Almere, Holland in August 2016.

They each put on a small routine or trick for the collaboration.


 :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

Tutorials / One Diabolo Tutorial - Reverse Catch Combinations
« on: June 28, 2016, 10:43:01 PM »
Hope you like our latest tutorial - Reverse Catch Combinations

This one took a LONG time to produce - lots of fun though :)

Community & Events / EJC 2016 - Diabolo Video
« on: June 27, 2016, 05:17:30 PM »
Hey guys,

I'm planning to make a diabolo collaboration video for EJC 2016.

I guess you don't really need to do anything as I'll be walking around with my camera, asking any and all diaboloists whether they want to be part of it :)


Tutorials / Diabolo tutorials now has 400 videos
« on: May 05, 2016, 06:57:10 PM »
Shameless plug for - we now have 400 embedded diabolo tutorials on the site - all the decent ones that the internet has to offer 8)

Hoping to get to 500 before the end of the year - if anyone wants to create a tutorial that's not already on the site, please contact me and I'd be happy to help :)


Practice / Some tricks
« on: April 18, 2016, 09:13:35 PM »
Here's some of my latest tricks I'm working on - any suggestions/technical tips would be welcome

Tutorials / One Diabolo Tutorial - Behind the Back Catch & Sun
« on: January 31, 2016, 08:38:36 PM »
It's been a while but here's the latest one diabolo tutorial - behind the back catch and sun

General / How do you learn
« on: December 12, 2015, 10:59:08 AM »
Hey guys,

I'm really interested to know what your practice method is. What do you think is a good technique for learning a REALLY hard trick faster?

I am really interested in improving my practice methods so I can learn 3 low and other tricks a lot quicker.

I've been working on 3 low for quite a few years now, although I've never really pushed hard with the practice. Doing a bit here and there hasn't really helped me much - a big part of the problem has been motivation. Because it's such a hard skill and you don't get that much pay off, it can be hard to keep up the practice.

Here's my thoughts and a methods that I use with training and also teaching.

Any thoughts are welcome



1) Film yourself and watch

It's amazing what you see when you watch yourself. Often you pick up technique problems, stance, style etc.

The more you film yourself, the more comfortable you'll be with a camera pointing at you.

2) Get feedback from others that have some knowledge.

It's important to get advice from others. You don't have to accept the advice and you can pick and choose what you will try. Sometimes it can take more than one person saying the same thing before you take the advice and start to make a change.

3) Focus on one RELEVANT technique correction at a time.

Often I hear people giving really technical advice to beginners which makes it harder for them to learn because they're thinking too much and not 'feeling' it. This is where I think it's important to judge what is a 'relevant' technique correction. e.g. When learning 2 low, it's important to focus on the timing of the diabolos before you even think about correction.

Also, if you focus on too many technique corrections at once, it's too much for your brain. Try to focus on one at a time, until it becomes a habit, and then move on to the next one.

4) Small wins/goals

It can take years to master really hard tricks like 3 high and 3 low. Therefore it's easy to get disheartened when you can't do the trick. Technique corrections can become your way of being motivated because they're much easier to achieve and you can see progress. I've found this to be one of the main things that can keep people trying and enjoying themselves.

5) Take breaks often

If you're practicing the same trick over and over and making mistakes, chances are you're brain is memorising how to do it wrong. Once I start making a real mess of things, I immediately stop with that trick and come back later.

6) Visualisation

This is a lot more successful than you might think. There's a lot of scientific evidence to suggest that visualisation is just as good as real practice.  It's not easy to do but I think it has huge benefits - sometimes you can't practice. Also, you can visualise yourself doing the trick 100% correct, rather than practicing it for real and not succeeding with the trick.

7) Focus

While it's good to lose yourself in the moment with juggling, it's also really beneficial if you are focused when trying hard tricks. I'm not talking about over-thinking things, just being really focussed and present with what you're doing.

This is a form of meditation and it can really make a difference. The next time you're struggling with a hard trick, take notice of what your brain was thinking about when you made the last attempt. Were you focussed on what you were doing or were you distracted with something else?

8) Relax your mind

Whenever you get frustrated or angry at not being able to do a trick, different areas of your brain begin to work (ones that control emotion) and you will definitely lose focus and it'll be harder to do anything except rage. I think of frustration like something that blocks our brains from actually learning.

If you're ever frustrated with a trick, relax, let go of your anger and re-focus or take a break and come back later.

9) Don't be afraid to fail

Something that is important to remember is that for as long as you juggle, there will ALWAYS be a trick or skill that you can't do, so get used to 'failure' as long as you don't keep repeating the same mistake over and over and over without trying something new or taking a break

10) Really small sessions really often

For the last 2 weeks I've been doing three to four 3low attempts every 1-2 hours throughout the day. The results have been amazing. I think this is about the best way to learn a hard trick (if you have the time) because it's easier to focus when you are making the attempt and if things aren't working, it doesn't matter too much because you can try again in a couple of hours.

I've left this one for last because it's the thing that inspired me to write this post. While it's great to have long sessions, I've found it can be hard to be motivated to keep trying hard tricks that you keep failing at (like 3 low for me). This method has really helped my motivation and technique.

Gear / Kick fire Diabolo commercial
« on: November 29, 2015, 10:28:21 AM »
Saw this video from Kick Fire Diabolos - pretty good effects and funny story :)

Tutorials / One Diabolo Tutorial - Behind the Back Suns
« on: November 23, 2015, 07:53:22 AM »
I've just made this tutorial: One Diabolo Behind the Back Suns.

I made it because I've seen a lot of people struggle to master this trick easily. The movements can be confusing when trying to learn.

The tutorial doesn't include much instruction - it relies on video from the front, back and side as the trick is extremely simple but has awkward arm movements. I realised that providing instruction wouldn't add much for someone wanting to learn - the video angles should hopefully be enough.


Tutorials / Two Diabolo Tutorial - Hook Stall Double Release
« on: October 18, 2015, 10:52:59 AM »
Hey guys,

Here's the latest tutorial I've made - lots for fun doing this one - any comments or suggestions, let me know.


Gear / Contact for Mister Babache & Epic diabolos
« on: October 04, 2015, 07:53:43 AM »
Hey guys,

Would anyone have contact details for the suppliers/manufacturers of Epic and/or Mister Babache?



General / Diabolo pictures
« on: October 03, 2015, 06:47:02 PM »
Hey guys,

Does anyone have some cool diabolo pictures that they wouldn't mind me putting on the front page of

If so, PM me or email



Tutorials / Three Diabolo Tutorial - Sun Wrap Elevator Transfer
« on: September 26, 2015, 11:49:05 PM »
Hey guys,

Tyson and I just finished this tutorial - took about a year of working on this on and off. Happy it's finally finished.


Practice / 3 high stuff
« on: July 21, 2015, 08:33:13 PM »
Hey guys,

Here's some 3 high and low stuff I've just filmed over the last 2 days - any tips would be appreciated. Does anyone know of any videos of 151515?


Practice / 2 High with reverse catches
« on: July 19, 2015, 08:22:27 AM »
Hey guys,

I just started playing around with reverse catches in 2 and 3 high - was wondering if you've seen this before or if there are any videos of it?

Thinking that there might be quite a few more combos I could try


Tutorials / One diabolo tutorial - Genocide
« on: July 12, 2015, 07:22:49 PM »

Practice / 3 high behind the back sun siteswap
« on: June 26, 2015, 02:16:55 PM »
After 12 years of working at 3 high, I'm finally getting to the point where I can do some siteswaps.

Thanks Arjan for all your technical support - this attempt doesn't have a very clean pattern compared to normal but I was focused on the trick

Does anyone know what siteswap this is? I was thinking 441 but it's a little different cause I had to initially throw the first diabolo higher, then the other two diabolos around a height of 5

Tutorials / Three High Diabolo Tutorial - Hand Throw Start
« on: May 21, 2015, 04:15:00 AM »
Hey Guys,

After about 40-50 hours of effort filming, recording writing and editing, we've finally finished this 3 high tutorial.

Thanks to Arjan for his filming & pointers.

Hope you can get something out of this - we tried to make a comprehensive tutorial for anyone wanting to learn or improve their 3 high with hand throw starts.


Tutorials / One Diabolo Tutorial - Infinite Suicide with Throw & Catch
« on: April 23, 2015, 11:39:39 PM »
Thanks to Vivian for putting in some quality time and effort into making this:

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