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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 / 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?

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?

Tricks / Sprinkler Exits
« on: March 21, 2005, 04:48:24 AM »
Recently I've been looking at different kinds of sprinkler exits than just the normal suicide or unwrap.  Mostly, when you let one diabolo miss the string.  Here, one of two things might happen, depending on which diabolo misses the string:

1. Everything works out nicely, one diabolo becomes frontwrapped and the other is open.

2. One diabolo is caught in a serious knot that slows it down quickly, the other sits below it, seemingly open.

What I want to know is if anyone has found a way out of the second variation.  I've looked at it for a while now, and cannot seem to find a way out.  If anyone could shed some light on this, it would be appreciated.

Tricks / 2D Chinese Whipping
« on: January 22, 2005, 03:17:56 AM »
Right now, all I can do to pick up speed with two diabolos is backwraps and hovers.  I keep seeing people doing multiple whips, and would love to learn it.  I have tried, but the other diabolo always flies off the string.

What is the secret to this trick?

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