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Performances / Re: Ocean Heart - Diabolo Dance Theatre of Taiwan
« on: December 03, 2008, 01:10:28 AM »
i was all excited until i realized it's a teaser, with no actual show footage...
more details? or subtitles maybe  ;)


Videos / Re: Magic wall
« on: November 01, 2008, 05:13:24 PM »
cool lil vid, I really wish I'd been able to make it out, looks like you guys had a good time,

Community & Events / Re: Read this if you're English
« on: October 26, 2008, 06:00:57 PM »
same type of wacky last minute crap that prevented me from getting to any of the conventions I had planned to has struck again. some other time I guess, yet again


Community & Events / Re: Read this if you're English
« on: October 22, 2008, 04:26:11 PM »
small chance i might be in london for a day between wednesday and friday. I don't really know anyone, but if it's cool, i'd love to come hang out later in the evening when i'm free/before I head home. Is there a solid 'meet here' place?

Videos / Re: Ai Le Rua
« on: October 18, 2008, 01:45:10 AM »
cool tricks and awesome views. luv it

Videos / Re: EJC 2008 Diabolo
« on: October 03, 2008, 11:58:53 PM »
shock and awe!

beautiful stuff, wish i could've been there.


I'm New / Re: String Questions
« on: September 01, 2008, 02:15:04 PM »
also, rubbing the string against the back of your neck or hair can extend the lifetime of your string. I actually like how the string handles when you do it on old string. It becomes nice and slick, but not as (nearly) unmanageable as brand new henry's yellow.

p.s. - be careful not to pull the string too fast against your neck ... you were warned

Videos / Re: Vertax - down-vertax / four points vertax tutorial
« on: July 28, 2008, 10:11:55 AM »
very cool tutorial, wraps up some things which have been rattling in my head (and everybody else's it seems) for a while now.
I wish vertaxing didn't hurt my wrists so bad, otherwise I'd be working with this more.


Videos / Re: L.C.A.B.
« on: June 25, 2008, 09:45:22 PM »
I gotta put my 2 cents in, it were beautiful.

nuff' said,

Tricks / Re: Stock Trick Set?
« on: June 19, 2008, 06:58:56 PM »
I think many of you have forgotten what it's like to be a beginner. I really could have used something like this when I started out. Quite often I would find myself thinking 'So what am I going to learn now?'. Nowadays there's a constantly updating list in my head of what I want to learn to do, what I need to polish up etc. etc. but in the beginning, the sheer volume of videos, animated tutorials and step-by-step write-ups was a little daunting.

The videos can be particularly nightmarish since you don't even know what the heck is going on half the time (If all you know how to do is chuck a diabolo really high and arm/leg orbits, then a lengthy body combo is just a pretty dance). Not all of us can enjoy the benefits of juggling with other people (gigantic help, even if they're of the same/lower skill level, and of course tons of fun), and videos/forum cruising are the only ways to find useful info and inspiration.

I'd like to point out that there's a vast difference between "The Definitive Beginner's Guide to Mastering Diabolo in Thirty Days" and "Some Easy to Learn Tricks to Wow and Amaze Your Friends"... I'd rather believe Eric wants to put together something more like the latter than the former. Not a _definitive_ guide, not a "must-learn" list, but some ideas, direction and most importantly - inspiration for beginners.

my $0.02

Tricks / Re: Easier Star Cradle entry than on diabolotricks
« on: May 15, 2008, 11:37:11 AM »
maybe you know it as 'darkside'?

Gear / Re: When it is time to change your string?
« on: May 11, 2008, 01:32:54 AM »
I experiment quite a bit with both string 'age' and string length, I have three different sets of sticks (a set of aluminium and 2 sets of wooden sticks aka dowels) and have various lengths and 'ages' of string on them.
As you mentioned, really new string is particularly difficult for 2d, but I love extra long new string for 1d slacks and body style stuff. On the flip side, older shorter string has been very helpful to me in the last couple of weeks while practicing vertax, simply because the added grip allows me to accelerate the diabolo to ridiculous amounts of speed.

when is it time to change your string? whenever you feel it's time :) I like new and old and the in-between stage, all for different reasons.

Videos / Re: [sigalit] Stepz
« on: May 08, 2008, 12:25:46 PM »
I have nothing to say which hasn't been said already.

very cool!

General / Re: Your diabolo goals.
« on: May 02, 2008, 12:15:58 AM »
wierd ... I was just thinking earlier today that if I had a better idea what I was aiming for, I'd be able to practice with purpose, instead of just taking props and messing about. Eventually I'll sit down and write something out for myself with a little more detail, but in the meantime ... in no particular order I want to -

expand my repertoire of body style tricks
figure out some of langerz's tricks
suck less :)

Gear / fixed axle vertax
« on: April 25, 2008, 02:44:19 PM »
I've been at a complete standstill with my vertaxing for over 2 months now. Crappy weather is probably the biggest reason why, but I've started wondering if maybe a fixed axle diabolo (finesse to be exact) is just the wrong prop for the job. I can do some basic tricks, but almost none of them are reliable because I lose so much speed that by the time the diabolo is back near my RH, wrapped and ready to be whipped, it's practically stalled.

I've come across a few threads discussing the various pros/cons of fixed vs. bearing, and most people seem to agree that bearing is superior to fixed when it comes to vertax. In addition, someone mentioned that finesse are particularly tricky to manage in vertax because of the rough gripiness of the cups. Although frankly, the one time I got to play with a circus I had pretty much the same difficulties in vertax.

I should point out that although I do own a bearing diabolo, I almost never pull it out. The reasons aren't that important, and rather than derail my own thread I'll just say that I'd prefer to use the fixed axle for vertax.

Since I have such a hard time recognizing diabolos in vertax videos, my question is how many of you out there vertax with a fixed axle on a regular basis? while busking/performing?
Please, I really don't want a discussion of fixed vs. bearing. There is already a thread for that, I'm just wondering if anybody else is/was as stubborn as me about vertaxing with fixed axle. Anecdotes, tips etc. while vertaxing with fixed would be appreciated, but mainly, I just want to know I'm not the only one perversely unyielding about using fixed axle for everything up to and including vertax.


edit - errrr .... just realized I posted this in the gear section, which might not be the best place for it. If it fits better elsewhere, could a kind mod please move it? Thanks.

Videos / Re: Diab-hola in Fuerteventura
« on: April 25, 2008, 02:00:52 PM »
good stuff all round.

I too am fascinated by your slacks (not trousers), I watched one in particular half a dozen times, just because it looks like there's no way you made it. So slow, barely a twitch of the hand, and yet when the diabolo comes back down, it's been caught by the slack...  very cool.


Videos of the Week / Re: VotW: 7 April 2008: Tommi
« on: April 12, 2008, 07:58:51 PM »
Quote from: tommi
Bah, 4 + thumb was what I meant. Haven't managed to do that though.

Can't be pointless to do 4/5 fingers if it's harder to manage. Similar (in my head anyways) to the difference between a slowicide and an infinite suicide. It's more impressive/challenging, even if it is basically the same trick.

Either way, the video is cool, the trick is cool, all is well.

my $0.02,

Videos / Re: "Advanced Cat's Cradle Trick"
« on: March 27, 2008, 05:41:45 PM »
amazing what comes out of that woman's mouth sometimes. Spin speed = throw height is just the beginning.

I can't even watch anymore, the 'intro to diabolo' was quite enough, but you'll notice that at the expert-village site, there's a transcript of each video!!! not for the faint hearted.


Videos / Re: don't act like stupid
« on: March 27, 2008, 04:47:54 PM »
I wouldn't go so far as to say I was offended by the video ... I mean, come on, it's clearly tongue-in-cheek.

Having said that though, the vid worked for me, haven't raped a diabolo, or any other prop for that matter, since watching it. balancing props on my head has been getting quite a lot of practice though :)


Videos / Re: my its diab video =D
« on: March 27, 2008, 04:39:39 PM »
pretty cool video.

I love how relaxed and slow all the tricks are. Makes it much easier to see and appreciate what's going on when you have an audience I'm sure.

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