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Tricks / Re: How high could you make a elevator go?
« on: March 17, 2010, 03:39:53 PM »

You are correct about gravity in space.  There is no spot in the universe where gravity doesn't exist.  Actually, the International Space Station experiences almost the same gravitational acceleration pulling it towards the earth as we do.  The difference is that the ISS is moving REALLY fast.  This makes it all of the forces balance out to keep it in orbit.  Imagine the ISS as a diabolo doing suns around your sticks and the string as the "force of gravity" holding the diabolo from flying off into space.  Of course, it isn't the exact same, but you can visualize it.

The feeling of weightlessness is just the point where the sum of all forces gets really close to zero.

For the purpose of this very pointless ( :P) discussion, though, we could say that a diabolo put in orbit around the earth would spin "forever" if it was not contacting any other object.


Videos / Re: Diabolo is a trip - 2010 version for Luke's video contest
« on: March 17, 2010, 12:10:03 AM »
Very impressive.  It's cool enough just to travel to all of those places, and it's really cool to get diabolo shots everywhere.

Videos / Re: Finesse Generation 4 diabolo unboxing by Ofek Shilton
« on: March 17, 2010, 12:03:54 AM »
Butterfingers has a few G3's available to their wholesale customers.  I'm sure they'd sell you a couple.  Last time I spoke to the guy at he had G2's in stock. It's probably the last place you'll be able to find new G2's.


Tricks / Re: How high could you make a elevator go?
« on: March 16, 2010, 12:57:42 AM »
If you diabolo in space and then throw it up, would it then spin forever since there's no resistance?

Not quite.  You would first have to place it in some kind of orbit to ensure that it doesn't get pulled by gravity into some large mass, like a moon or planet or star.  Even if you did place it in orbit around the earth, it would be hit by something called Micro Meteor Flux, which is small dust-like particles that float around in space.  If it is hit by enough, it would eventually slow down.

Of course, I'm being way too literal here.  Of course, for the purposes of our discussion, you could spin a diabolo forever in space.  :P


Videos / Re: Diabolo on BBC News
« on: March 11, 2010, 03:29:49 PM »
Think Jason knew it. Correct me if im wrong

Yes, the question was meant to be humorous. :)

Videos / Re: Diabolo on BBC News
« on: March 11, 2010, 02:08:01 PM »
Who was that diaboloist with the mad skills and the yellow diabolos in the background?!? :)

Great video.  I wish they would have interviewed you, Dodson.  I guess she would have had a hard time learning the diabolo.

I'm glad diabolo was seen, though, hopefully it will spark some new interest in the art form.


Very impressive!!!  The crowd liked it a bunch!  The long string vertax was my favorite part!!!

General / Mr. Babache and 4D Low
« on: February 25, 2010, 06:37:54 PM »

Has anyone else seen this picture in the "Events" section of the Mr. Babache website ( ?

Notice the picture of Ofek doing 4D around his leg.  Is it just me, or is this giving the general public an unrealistic image of diabolo?  I know the "general public" will probably never visit that site, but non-diabolo jugglers may visit.

Your thoughts please.



Videos / Re: My 4 diabolo 53*
« on: February 25, 2010, 03:44:23 PM »
Very sweet!  This is a great trick.  I'm sure it won't be long before we see some 4D low in performances.  If it's already happened, that's great, too!

Tricks / Re: Yo-yo tricks with diabolo
« on: February 19, 2010, 03:38:26 PM »
Great stuff, Marko!  As a former yo-yoer, I agree that you cannot get any trick exactly like yo-yo trick, since the yo-yo is actually attached to the string and only one end of the string is attached to a finger.  Off string yo-yo tricks can be more accurately mimicked, since the yo-yo is not actually attached to the string; however one end of the string is still attached to a finger and the other end of the string is just loose.  The only way to get a diabolo trick and yo-yo trick to be exactly the same would be to have a yo-yo string with a weight (dice or something similar) on each end (which would be almost impossible to get any spin on a bearing yo-yo) or to have the diabolo string attached to your finger, etc.  In other words, the string/finger/spinning prop/etc. would have to have the exact same configuration in order to have the exact same trick.

I'm not sure why I said all that.  I'm sure somebody will try to argue that a "sun" or "trapeze" would be the same on both props.  If so, that's fine.  My point is that unless the configuration is the exact same, the trick will be slightly different.

There's not really a point to what I'm saying.  I would just like to say that this is a great tutorial and I look forward to more of the same. :)


This is great!  It will surely increase the amount of good diabolo tutorials, which I'm always in favor of. :)

General / Re: Advice on Gear for Students?
« on: February 15, 2010, 07:38:46 PM »

I hope to get 10 - 20 students, at first, and I do want it to continue for a while.  Each class will be 8 weeks long, but I can teach multiple classes per week, if the demand is strong enough.  By the time the students get to the intermediate class, they will need to purchase a second diabolo.  That means that my students would purchase 20-40 diabolos within the first few months.



General / Advice on Gear for Students?
« on: February 15, 2010, 01:47:22 PM »

I have been given the great opportunity to teach a diabolo class at the community center next month.  Since almost everyone in Houston, TX, is a diabolo virgin, I was planning on purchasing the gear and letting the students purchase it from me.  Since I need advice, and this forum is the best place to get it, I'm asking you guys for advice. :)

That said, what would you recommend for the gear.  I would like for the students to be able to go through an introduction and intermediate class with the same diabolo.  I would also like for them to be able to learn two diabolos with that same model.

For sticks, I'm thinking of just using wooden sticks for the first two classes. 

Once they get to a higher level, I'll let the students pick their own gear.

I would like to keep my equipment purchase price under $15 per set (diabolo, sticks, and string).  I know the sticks and string are negligible, so I guess I'm really just asking for a good diabolo for around $13.

Please let me know.



General / Re: Why the username?
« on: February 15, 2010, 12:56:42 AM »
I've been using my last name and first for a bunch of stuff, so I kept using it here. :)

Tricks / Re: Paino 3D
« on: February 08, 2010, 09:08:29 PM »
I wouldn't call that an "attempt".   That's a success!

Gear / Re: I have just bought...
« on: February 02, 2010, 07:41:12 PM »
I ordered some Finesse G3's, but the store sent me G4's!  I got a great deal.  I like them better than my G3's, but it took me a little while to get used to the extra weight.

I also got some MB glow in the dark handsticks.  I'm still not used to the bending! :(

I can't forget about the light kits!  I have a performance in a couple of weeks and plan on using the lights.


Videos / Re: "Moments"
« on: January 27, 2010, 01:48:20 PM »
Very moody.  I liked the feeling I got.  I didn't really know what you were trying to convey, but that's fine.  I don't usually try to understand the meaning behind artwork.  I just know that this is mighty fine artwork!


Gear / Re: Soaping your string to make it less slippery?
« on: January 19, 2010, 11:53:19 PM »
Soap is good for me.  I don't think that it lowers the life of the string, at all.  It also only takes about 1 minute to put the soap on.  It makes the play much more enjoyable for me.

Tricks / Re: "Tricks" vs. "Highly Complicated Moves"
« on: January 16, 2010, 06:31:00 PM »

Thanks for setting me straight on the magic trick topic.  I didn't mean to imply that card tricks were rubbish.  I shouldn't have drawn the parallel.

My main point was that as a diaboloist, I don't feel that I am fooling anyone into believing that something is happening that isn't.  For instance.  I throw a diabolo in the air.  The crowd sees that I threw a diabolo in the air.  There is no ambiguity over what I did.  With most moves I perform, it is clear to the audience what is happening.  They may not understand how I do it, but they are not being fooled into believing that I'm doing something that I'm not.  Now, I understand that magic knots and some other tricks may be really difficult for the audience to understand.  In that case, I may fool them into thinking that I did something that is "impossible".

Please understand that I don't use the word "fool" in a negative way.  It's just the only word that I could think of right now. :)

I apologize if I offended anyone.



Gear / Re: Carbon Fiber Sticks Seem Too Easy
« on: January 15, 2010, 10:21:01 PM »
I agree with Marjin, the advances in technology don't remove the skill require to explore the artform of diabolo. 

Nobody would say that Lance Armstrong isn't a good cyclist because his bike makes it easy for him.  In the same way, the newer diabolos don't make today's diaboloists less skilled. 

It is true that some tricks are easier with diabolos, but it just means, as Marjin said, that we can push the boundaries further than they ever have been pushed before.


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