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General / Re: Visually Pleasing Or Impressive?
« on: June 10, 2005, 03:26:19 PM »
Quote from: Matt Pang
Hey Everyone,
So do you think that the majority of people prefer to watch something that looks very pretty and nice, rather than something that looks slightly less pretty but is very impressive?

Yep. Spot on. Every time. *If* you're talking about strags, that is. Jugglers are another kettle of spanners entirely. Know your audience, and give 'em what they want.

Unless it's not what you want to do, of course, in which case, Sod 'em!

The Void

Videos / The Leeds Lot Video..... download it here
« on: June 09, 2005, 08:13:36 PM »
Indeed, good stuff. I thought yr first video (which I only just watched) was really dull, to be honest, but this one stomps all over it. Good editing, use of music, and locations.

I hope to see the next one improve by an equal giant step. (Don't want much, do I?)

The Void
Anyone going to Larmer Tree?

Community & Events / Bungay Balls Up, UK
« on: June 03, 2005, 11:56:24 AM »
You can see some of what you missed, Tom:
Video downloadable at

The Void
Restive supine

Videos of the Week / Re: Video of the week: May 30-June 5, John
« on: June 01, 2005, 11:13:23 PM »
Quote from: Sean

Thanks to Arron for providing the footage, barnesy for help hosting, and The Void for providing a visible audience.

No worries. There were a couple of other board members watching that, too:
Click it

I came close to pulling this one off a couple of times last week, but it still eludes me. Oh, and I've worked out how to get my 'easy' s-fan exit to work too, but still not managed to film it. Sorry. Will post asap.

The Void

Community & Events / Bungay Balls Up, UK
« on: June 01, 2005, 10:27:30 PM »
Bungay was top fun. Good to meet Oli, and see lots of top diabolo fun. I spent the whole week pretty much exclusively working on the SFan (and all of Gherkin's tricks ;-D ) . Sorry Matt, Cat and Tom couldn't make it.

Anyway, here's my post to RJ, complete with link to pictures.

The Void


Echoes of thanks to those who made it happen, and to all who came. There
are some pictures up at
...and more to come.

"Hands up who's got a boss!"
Volleyclub with 2 volleyclubs.
Almost flying my kite through the Trapeze rig, just after having landed it
on the big top.
Fantastic devilsticking from Tempei and 'Drunken Master' John.
SFan marathons - trick of the week.
Banoffee Piiiiiie!
Sun. All week.
Posh facilities at a hippyfest.
Projector playing videos on the wall of the big top.
Eeny Meenie Miniy Mo/Richochet Robots/table tennis/snooker
That lovely boil-in-the-bag morning feeling
Stars and moon.
"There was a planet really near the moon the other night." "What, the

See you next year.

The Void
Video footage in the bag

Videos / The result of Isolation
« on: May 21, 2005, 05:32:24 PM »

I wasn't using the word 'mellow' to describe a particular style or genre of music, just the easy, laid-back, relaxed feel that that song had. I don't know who the artist is either, but it sounds like the sort of thing Moby was doing a while back - sampling old(?) blues & gospel vocals, and putting them on top of a gently grooving keyboard tune.

'Mellow' as an adjective could describe a hell of a lot of different types of music, from Joni Mitchell, to Portishead, to Neko Case, The Aphrodisiacs, The French, Coldplay*, Billie Holliday, AC/DC, Buck 65, The Velvet Underground and all points in between. Not that any of those sound particularly like Ifrit's music.

*Although I'd probably go for 'soporific' for that one.

The Void
Spot the deliberate mistake ;-)

Videos / The result of Isolation
« on: May 20, 2005, 07:13:35 PM »
That was cool. Nice to see (hear) someone using some mellow music in a clip for once, instead of the ubiquitous heavy pop-rock.
Loved the fade from poi to diabs too, nicely done, sir!

Not sure about your choice of hosting, though: It seemed to give me the option of deleting your video from the server!

The Void
Buttercups imminent!

Tutorials / S-Fan Exits: A Video Tutorial (with 2 new exits)
« on: May 12, 2005, 07:26:53 PM »
Cheers for that, Sean. Unfortunately, both my s-fan and my exit are both really sloppy, and I don't have a camcorder. I'll keep working on it, and post a vid as soon as circumstances allow. Maybe someone coming to Bungay can film it.

The Void
Once more unto the garden, dear friends, or close up the wall with our knotted string!

Community & Events / 10th Birmingham Circus Convention (UK)
« on: May 09, 2005, 12:38:37 AM »
Quote from: el_grimley
Any vids or pics?

Uh huh.
Try this for sighs

The Void

Videos / What's this trick called? (Loopicide or mini duicide?)
« on: May 06, 2005, 03:45:28 PM »
I'm pretty sure that's called a mini-duicide. I think it's in one of Donald's books, but I can't recall.

The Void

Gear / Re: Henrys Axles (teflon, 4erli, finger etc.)
« on: May 04, 2005, 02:51:59 PM »
Funniest moment of Turin EJC: Tommy Cooper impressions by Masahiro. [1]

Masahiro on the renegade stage, holding a Kendama.
Points at ball, "Ken"
Points at stick, "Dama" [2]
Points at stick, "Dama"
Points at ball, "Ken"
Hops ball onto prong, "Kendama!"

The Void
Spoon, Jar. Jar, spoon!

[1] Well, if you know who Tommy Cooper was, that is....
[2] I may have got that the wrong way round, but hey.... - On your way back from Berlin? Come along then!

Community & Events / 10th Birmingham Circus Convention (UK)
« on: May 03, 2005, 12:21:34 AM »
On the day will be fine, Ed.

Hope to see you all there, if I make it.

The Void
Higher! Lower! Higher!

Tricks / Is there a record for High Toss? (29.55m)
« on: May 01, 2005, 01:32:30 AM »
Was Newton crucified in vain?

If your physics teacher was alive today, Norbi, she'd turn in her grave.

The Void

Gear / chinese yoyos...
« on: April 27, 2005, 07:12:11 PM »
It's been quite a long time since I used a Chinese yo-yo (or "whistling diabolo" as we called them back then), and I don't remember if I ever tried 2 of them, but I would be tempted to try stick-jam corrections: That is, jamming the tip of the handstick into the axle just as the diabolo is about to land back on the string. Angle the butt end of the stick forwards or backwards depending on which way you want to correct.

Let us know how that turns (or not) out.

The Void
Whistling in the dark

Videos of the Week / Re: Video of the week: April 25-May 1, Tom
« on: April 25, 2005, 03:11:25 PM »
Quote from: seán_

I think the trick Spink and Ginger Tom were working on (and have nailed so I hear) falls into the Mach 5 category (need to see a mach 5 clip to be sure but its what I was trying at BJC)

Mach 5 Video

Should've done that before, I suppose. ;-)

The basic idea is that the yo-yo/diabolo stays still in the middle of a string cradle of some sort, whilst the cradle rotates around it. Looks best when the rotation is done slowly.

The Void
Ida Loopino, where are you?

Videos of the Week / Re: Video of the week: April 25-May 1, Tom
« on: April 25, 2005, 02:14:15 PM »
Quote from: Sean
This week we have a yoyo inspired trick by Tom Derrick. My cultured sources ( Seán_) inform me  that in yoyo jargon this trick may be called the Gyroflop.

It is indeed called a Gyroflop. Anyone interested in yo-yo should check out the English language yo-yo forum.
Now can someone work out how to translate Mach 5 to diabolo, please?

The Void
Older school than thou

Community & Events / BJC 2005
« on: April 24, 2005, 10:08:51 PM »
Thanks for the mirror, Gherkin.

I had problems with it too, Ronnie. Nice editing, but sucky encoding. I normally don't have a problem with Xvids, but this one would only play for me in VLC (old faithful!), and then only properly at the 2nd attempt.
If you've already tried that, then I don't know what to suggest, I'm afraid. Apart from moaning at Arron, of course, but no-one enjoys that ;-)

The Void
S-fan "It'll come good in a minute" moment ahoy!

Community & Events / Diabolists in Plymouth, UK?
« on: April 13, 2005, 06:56:45 PM »
Hi Jonathan,

Check out this link .
It's always a good idea to check that University clubs are happening though, in case you visit during the holidays.

The Void
Welcome to auditioning

Community & Events / Bungay Balls Up, UK
« on: April 08, 2005, 03:03:39 PM »
Well, since I'm in here now, I might as well give a plug to BBU:

A few folks in here have already said they're coming, or are tempted, so I thought I'd get the lassoo out, and see if I couldn't round me up a posse of diabolists :-D

It'd be cool to see you there.

The Void
And I promise to even learn a new trick or two, if you come.

[Edit - video now on site]

Community & Events / Diabolofest?
« on: April 05, 2005, 11:55:07 PM »
Circus Space (England) held a one-day diabolo convention in both 93 & 94. I went to the 93 one, and learnt lots, [umbrella whipping? Whoah, Bruce, that's, like, impossible, man] and had a lot of fun. There were ~25 of us there, at a vague & hazy guess/memory.

I'd guess a few different national one-dayers would be the way to start testing the waters, and move on from there if it all seemed feasable.

The Void
Talk alot, don't I?

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