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Videos / Diaboloists at universities
« on: September 04, 2006, 02:35:08 AM »
I'm going up to Dartmouth (just arrived).  No juggling club here, but there will be soon enough.

Community & Events / WJF diabolo comp anyone?
« on: July 19, 2006, 10:04:49 AM »
I'm going to the WJF, though not competing.  Hopefully there will be other diaboloists there too?

This'll be my first convention, so anyone who wants to show me what exactly to do, would be appreciated.

Tricks / 2d dead start
« on: July 04, 2006, 06:45:09 AM »
I'm just wondering how many people start 2d like this?  Though it's a little tricky, it's my favorite way to start 2 because it's so quick.  Just one flick, and you're in.

I'm not sure what exactly it's called, so here's a description.  You put the two diabolos side by side right next to each other, touching.  Then put the string under both of them.  Lift the left diabolo up a little, then pull the right so it goes over the left, and then reverse directions.  I got the idea from someone's website (Vux, maybe?) a while ago, when he did it in a video.  But since then, I've hardly seen it anywhere.

Videos / the wjf on espn
« on: April 15, 2006, 03:31:57 AM »
They cut off Vova's club routine!

I was away yesterday, so I set the DVR to record it.  But the show apparently ran too long, and the DVR stopped recording when it was supposed to stop.  I don't get to see Vova's routine now!

Gear / Henrys fiberglass/carbon stick problems
« on: April 08, 2006, 05:12:03 PM »
For everyone reading all this and thinking that the sticks break all the time, I have two pairs of carbon sticks (one black one white) and have never had a problem with either of them.

Gear / What type of sticks are these???
« on: April 08, 2006, 05:10:36 PM »
They do not look like my Performer sticks, which have foam handles.  No idea what they could be.

Gear / Henry's White Fibreglass/Carbons
« on: February 24, 2006, 09:10:41 PM »
I have a pair of short white carbon, and have had a pair of blacks for a while now.  I've not had any problem with them breaking, and I can be hard on sticks (I went through 3 pairs of wooden sticks in a week, once).  I love them.

Also, the white sticks don't leave black marks on white diabolos.  :lol:

My god, this sounds amazing.  If only I had a way to get to Berlin...  :(

I don't suppose there's any chance of any of this being recorded and put on the internet, or even made into a DVD, for those of us who have no chance of attending?

Videos / Video of William! (from WJF)
« on: February 20, 2006, 04:40:19 PM »
Quote from: Chiok
Quote from: frank0072
Wow, that little guy is really good. Do they breed special diabolo- children in the East or something? Just as they do with jugglers in Russia..
Yep, they're planted in special breeding grounds where they grow up eating with handsticks out of diabolo cups (ok, this exaggeration falls down abit as chinese style diabolos don't have "cups" persay).

But it's just a cultural thing.  Like being good at football, or drinking.  I'm not sure why, maybe they don't watch as much TV.  Can't wait to watch the clips though, haven't seen anything of this fellow.

(unfortunately born in London)

My friend is taught Chinese yo-yo at Chinese School.  It seems like it's very much a part of their culture.

Nice videos, the 3d especially.  He's got the same right-hand-dominant pattern that Yabe has.

Gear / Re: How many diabolos?
« on: February 06, 2006, 10:47:49 PM »
I only have 3 Finesses.  But soon, I'll be getting three diabigs!  I can't wait.

And, since I'm posting here anyway, how long is shipping from Japan, usually, to the US? (New Jersey, to be specific)

Tricks / how to do a wrist stall
« on: February 06, 2006, 10:45:28 PM »
If it's what I'm thinking of, then it's pretty simple, and there are many ways into it.  Easiest way: wrap left stick around diabolo (left backwrap, I guess?), then throw diabolo over your right arm.  It should end up with the diabolo sitting between your right wrist and the right stick, on an open string.  Note that the stick should be pointing behind you.

Also, if you give a link to the clock video, then we could probably give you more specific advice about what to do.

Good luck!

Videos / Two New Trick Ideas
« on: January 28, 2006, 05:07:35 PM »
I can't find Indiana whip at  I did find "fake whip catch" which seems to be the same thing, but not continuous.

Sorry for my description of the infinite suicide.  You know how, to get a wrap on the diabolo, you can just flick your stick, and the string wraps around?  What I mean is doing that for the wrap needed during infinite suicide, rather than moving the stick in circles around the diabolo.  So the stick would stay up above the diab the whole time.  I hope that's more clear...

Videos / Two New Trick Ideas
« on: January 28, 2006, 04:32:00 PM »
Like the title suggests, I have ideas for two tricks that I've never seen before, at least not in any videos released on the internet.

The first came from some messing around with infinite suicide.  I guess it would be called the whipped infinite suicide?  What it is, instead of moving the stick all the way around the diabolo when doing infinite suicides, you just throw the string around it.  If you can time it right, it looks a bit like the movement of the handstick up and down is pulling up the diabolo magically (you know how those magicians always wave their hands above whatever they are levitating).  Just a silly variation, and not difficult if you have infinite suicides down.

The second comes from a friend who does Chinese yo-yo.  Or, it comes from my friend's friend, who is apparently pretty good.  It's an acceleration trick.  You know how when you do a whip catch, sometimes both strings wrap around the same way, and causes the diabolo to wrap up?  Basically, that is the trick.  You make the string (both sides) wrap around the diabolo, and then pull it back right so that the diabolo is thrown up a little.  This also speeds up the diabolo.  This trick is theoretically possible, but is amazingly hard, at least from my attempts.  I do trust my friend, though.

So, has anyone seen these tricks before?  Can anyone do them?  Any suggestions for names?

Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2005)
« on: November 13, 2005, 05:11:57 AM »
I just did mini-columns on my first try.  The strange part is that a month ago I could not do it, and I haven't practiced it since.  This seems to happen a lot, oddly enough.  I stopped trying the integral suicide a long while ago, but just tried it last week, and now can do it almost every time.  Same thing with fan/s-fan.

Has this happened to anyone else?  Does anyone have any idea why this happens?  Not that I'm complaining about suddenly being able to do tricks I couldn't do before, I'm just curious.

Community & Events / Cornell Festival
« on: November 10, 2005, 06:49:42 PM »
Unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to make it.   :(

I'm New / Circuses or Circii?
« on: October 27, 2005, 02:54:24 AM »
Actually in Latin it would be circi (just one i).  Small, I know, but after four years of Latin in high school, I like to be able to use the knowledge sometimes.  For anyone choosing a language to learn, don't pick Latin... it's not as much help as you might think.

Community & Events / Cornell Festival
« on: October 20, 2005, 08:09:56 PM »
Yes!  I think I'll be going.  This will be my first convention too, kinda excited.  :D

Videos / Feel Good Inc.
« on: August 21, 2005, 02:20:45 AM »
Amazing stuff.  Especially those 3d siteswaps.  Just amazing.

Gear / Favorite Sticks
« on: July 25, 2005, 08:34:42 PM »
I'm using carbon fiber right now.  And I want to know, what do you people do to these sticks?  I've never broken my pair, had it for half a year now, and I'm not exactly gentle with them.  Before I got them, I broke three sets of wooden sticks in a row with just chinese whipping.  But with the carbon's, no problem at all.  Maybe I just got lucky, and my sticks are harder for some reason?

Gear / Finesses and Heat? (warped cups)
« on: May 28, 2005, 09:10:56 PM »
So, yesterday I forgot my diabolos (3 Finesse G1's) in a hot car all day.  When I remembered where I had left them, and got them out, I noticed they were a little softer than normal.  Not thinking anything about it, I started diaboloing.

Sadly, it seems that now, some of the cups are a little misshapen.  I suspect the heat made the rubber a little softer, soft enough to become misshapen.  Has this anyone else?  Any suggestions for what to do now?  Maybe I should just use this as an excuse to get some G2's?

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