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Performing / Re: Chinese Moon Festival Performance
« on: September 29, 2009, 04:02:48 PM »
Thanks for the kind words.  I might take a while to film a trick video, but I'll try to do one as soon as I can.  Don't expect it to be very fancy, but I'll do my best!


Performing / Re: Two Performances This Weekend
« on: September 27, 2009, 09:20:19 PM »

Thanks very much for the advice!!! Please see the video here:


Performing / Chinese Moon Festival Performance
« on: September 27, 2009, 09:16:13 PM » - My first recorded performance.

Hey Everyone,
This is my performance at the Chinese Moon Festival in Clear Lake, TX (south of Houston) on September 26, 2009.  I was the only diabolo performer amongst 14 acts.  I made several big mistakes on some pretty easy stuff, but I was happy with my performance.  I'll start doing street shows to get used to performing in front of people.  I already have another gig for the Chinese New Year's festival, and I may start a class for the Chinese children at the local church!

Thanks to everyone who gave me advice.  I tried to incorporate it all, but I forgot most of it when I got on stage. :-/

Thanks for watching!!!


Performing / Re: Two Performances This Weekend
« on: September 26, 2009, 03:07:24 AM »
Thanks guys!  I just got home from the first performance, and I'd say it went well.  It was a youth group at my church, and most of them had never seen a diabolo before.  After about three tricks, I put both sticks in one hand and waived my other hand to indicate they should clap.  They clapped and laughed.

I tried to take all of your advice into consideration.  I did drop a few times because I was nervous and the lights were a bit low, but overall, I think it went well.

The big show is tomorrow.  I'll perform in front of 600 people, so I have to be on my "A" game.  I'll do lots of practicing tomorrow morning!

Oh, I didn't get my hands on a video camera, but I'll really try to locate one tomorrow.  I'd like to post to get some advice after the fact.



Performing / Re: Two Performances This Weekend
« on: September 25, 2009, 07:58:25 PM »
I'm really liking all this advice!

Performing / Re: Two Performances This Weekend
« on: September 25, 2009, 07:25:44 PM »
I like that advice!  Will do!!


Performing / Two Performances This Weekend
« on: September 25, 2009, 06:34:13 PM »
Guys and Gals,

I'm performing tonight in front of about 50 people.  I have my routine planned out a bit, but I haven't had much time to practice.

I have a bigger performance tomorrow night in front of about 600 people at an Asian festival here in South Houston.  I'll be doing the same routine for both shows.

Does anyone have some advice to keep from getting nervous and going too fast?  I have performed before, but not very many times or in front of as many people.

I'll post the video, if I can get a camera and film it.  Thanks,

Practice / Re: 3d progress/practice vid
« on: September 25, 2009, 06:26:28 PM »
Jem's right.  Congrats on the accomplishment!!!  I'm trying to learn three, but I can't focus much time on it, since my wife and I have a baby on the way and we're looking for a house.  It's a great time in my life, but my diabolo skills aren't progressing like I wish they would.

Gear / Re: Cheap but good beginner diabolo?
« on: September 23, 2009, 06:11:49 PM »

Unless your friends are very young (4-7 years old), I would advise against the Fire Flea.  It is too light.  I bought 2 MB Milleniums for my wife, but they are too light to use.  A little kid by my apartment was able to use one, but he never learned much.

About the others, I haven't played with them, so I don't know which is better.

The MB Rubber King or Tornado may be good options, also. has good prices, and if you buy a few, the savings make up for the shipping cost.

Of course, I've heard that the best beginner diabolo is an advanced diabolo.  They'll have to buy a good one, eventually, so why not get a good one right away?


Performances / Re: BJUF 2009- Draco's Constellation
« on: September 22, 2009, 02:27:54 PM »

After reading my post, I realized that I did come off as quite abrasive.  I apologize for my rudeness.

I just felt sorry for Draco, who, despite his great performances (this one and others), seemed to be getting a lot of flak.

I'll be sure to tone down the rhetoric in the future.  I would really feel bad if I sparked any animosity on the forum, which is something I haven't seen.



Performances / Re: BJUF 2009- Draco's Constellation
« on: September 22, 2009, 07:00:47 AM »
Don't listen to all those naysayers!  I don't think most people realize how much more difficult tricks are in front of a large crowd, and I'm sure that very few diaboloists have ever performed in the dark.  I was surprised to see all the cool things you did with two diabolos.  I'm sure they must have been hard tricks to perform in the dark.

And on the point of using different gear, it took me over a month to get used to my MB aluminum sticks when I switched from longer wooden sticks, so I know how hard it can be to adjust to new gear.

All these other guys are just 1) spoiled by the highly technical "trick" videos, in which the performers can try a trick 20 times and only put the successes in the video; 2) ignorant of the difficulty of performing in the dark; and 3) jealous that they can't get a crowd this excited.

All you guys who are hating, get off your high horses and give the guy a break!

General / Re: Question about Finesse G3
« on: July 26, 2009, 06:05:58 AM »
Jkurty 22,

I bought some Melleniums for my wife, and they are so light, I can barely do tricks with them.  The Finesse is going to be one of the lightest, if not the lightest, 5 inch diabolos on the market.  You don't want them too light because you will lose spin too fast (as you probably noticed with the Melleniums).  If you still have doubt, you can measure it to make sure, but if it says Finesse, it's probably a Finesse.  If you play with some other 5 inch diabolos, like the Circus, you'll see that the Finesse is pretty light for a 5 inch.



Videos / Re: "Integral.. WHat Else?"
« on: July 20, 2009, 02:30:56 AM »
That was pretty wild!!  I'm having a hard time understanding how to do any of that stuff.  I barely can do the basic integral suicide.  I have nothing but good things to say about those tricks!!

General / Re: Anybody live in Houston, TX?????
« on: July 06, 2009, 08:46:49 PM »
Thank you, The Void, for the thread.  I emailed the guy but haven't heard back.

Egad!, you're right.  I would've just thought that with a couple million people around Houston, someone would diabolo.  I guess the only thing we can do is teach others and learn the best we can from this forum and conventions.



General / Re: Anybody live in Houston, TX?????
« on: July 01, 2009, 09:57:46 PM »
OK Duncan, you got me there.   :-D  I should have worded the question differently.

Yes, I searched high and low for diaboloists.  The only thing I could find was a couple of outdated listings on the internet.  Any attempt to call or contact the individuals was futile.

I guess I'll just keep practicing and teaching others.


General / Re: Anybody live in Houston, TX?????
« on: July 01, 2009, 04:06:10 PM »
Seriously, guys.  Does anyone live in Houston???  If you don't, do you know of anyone who does?

I'm New / Re: 2D Chinese Whips and White Boy Twist
« on: June 23, 2009, 03:14:46 PM »
Thanks for the info, guys.  It is helpful.

I have another issue with 2D Chinese whips.  I don't know why, but when I do them, it hurts my back.  I first thought that I was arching my back while doing them.  After giving it some thought, I realized that I wasn't flexing my back at all.  It's weird because the pain is just at one joint about halfway up my spine.  Has anyone else had this problem?



Gear / Re: Soaping your string to make it less slippery?
« on: June 19, 2009, 10:47:45 PM »
I used to have the problem with my Circus diabolos, but now that I use the Finesse G3's, I find new string is just a little less sticky but still playable.  I did have a problem with my Finesses when I first got them in.  They were all really slippery on the axles.  Maybe the axles had some sort of anticorrosive coating on them from the factory.

Anyway, I have been washing my string in the washing machine for years and never had an issue with it going into the little holes in the machine.  I usually don't put it into the dryer, though.



Gear / Re: Favourite Diabolo Poll 2009
« on: June 19, 2009, 03:15:15 AM »
As far as professional models, I've only played with the Circus and Finesse G3 (both without mods).  In my limited experience, I'd say I like the Finesse more, mainly because of the lighter weight.  Although it is a little harder to correct for beginners (like my wife), it has more positive than negative.  I really like the fact that they are about 10 USD lower than most others.

I'm New / 2D Chinese Whips and White Boy Twist
« on: June 18, 2009, 08:55:15 PM »

I've been doing 2D for many years (I actually learned in the first couple of months by getting my dad to throw in the second one by hand.)  Since I've been 99% self taught and I put the diabolos down for several years during and after college, I'm sure I'm making some mistakes that shouldn't be giving me so much trouble. 

Anyway, every time I do chinese whips to speed up my diabolos, the one I'm speeding up twists clockwise, if you're looking down at it from the ceiling.  I don't have a problem putting it back into the shuffle and correcting it or even correcting it while it's still wrapped, but I don't want to have to do that.  Can someone please let me know what I'm doing wrong?

I'm right handed and playing with Finesse G3's without mods, Henry's aluminum handsticks, and Henry's neon yellow string.



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