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Community & Events / BJC2006 20-23rd April
« on: April 18, 2006, 06:05:27 PM »
The word s-fan perked my ears up  :)  what kinda record are you thinking here? If its just how long you can keep it going for I might have to start working out just so my arms can hack it...ok so maybe its a bit late, could've given me some kinda heads up guys  :roll:

Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2006)
« on: March 24, 2006, 04:17:24 PM »
Slo-mo looks fine in movie maker....if you'd rather we use vegas maybe you should distribute free copies for everybody  :P (not that I am in any way condoning illegal software distribution).  I do have pinnacle studio 8 and that looks like a nice piece of editing software yet for some reason it can't load movies from my camera even if I convert them into raw avi through movie maker.

Just in case anybody's interested, my under the leg s-fan tricks have got a lot smoother since I began stretching regularly for taekwondo, hopefully it'll open up a few new tricks for me requiring extra flexibility.

Tricks / 1d Bouncing over arm/btb
« on: March 09, 2006, 10:16:09 AM »
I completely agree, I didn't know if ricochets were a different trick or not though cause I haven't seen/can't remember the vid Matt_ mentioned, and then I thought they must be referring to a completely different trick when fredo said they were ricochets.  :?  O well, all sorted now :)

Tricks / 1d Bouncing over arm/btb
« on: March 08, 2006, 07:20:29 PM »
I think the trick you're referring to is one i first learnt as over the foot window wipers, but can be transferred to over the leg or over both legs or whatever.  Generally with over the leg or foot keeping the string tights right, but i find that with over both legs (btb) its more the precision of being able to catch and throw without the diab rolling along the string at all so it needs to be a very controlled catch, so rather than just catching the diab and trying to stop it as quick as possible you're trying to slow it down gradually to keep control.

General / Re: Craziest place you have diaboloed
« on: March 01, 2006, 04:11:48 PM »
On my videos I've done it in a few strange places, most notibly in a cinema foyer, on a few mini roundabouts (one with a car going round and another a bus gave me a wide birth while scowling at me), on the steep steps of a statue called "the Buttercross" in Winch and finally (but not on video) on a Bus to Southampton when the upper floor was completely empty bar one person, my friends and I.

Bus had to be the most interesting to do it on especially when going round roundabouts, roundabouts themselves are quite fun to if only for the fact that drivers give you evils and the adrenaline going because if you muck up you know theres a chance the diabs going under some wheels.

Videos of the Week / Video of the week: Feb 27-March 5, 2006, Dave P.
« on: February 28, 2006, 04:41:23 PM »
Ok I could be wrong because its done incredibly fast but kinda reminds me of my vertical "wall bounce" that I was trying when I saw you at Leeds Dave  :wink:  Of course if its done differently I offer my apologies for getting the two mixed up.

But my o my that triple vortex is nice, looks like it makes sense when done but when trying to run through it in my head I can't help but wonder where all the rotations come from and why it doesn't get tangled up lol

I'm New / darn (attaching string to sticks)
« on: February 26, 2006, 05:30:41 PM »
I'd guess because these sticks have string tied onto the inside of the end caps, if you have too much left over it'd stop you being able to screw the caps on tightly enough.  Correct me if I'm wrong seán_  :)

Tricks / Re: I just learnt to... (2006)
« on: February 23, 2006, 03:22:44 PM »
seán_ told me about the s-fan rocket start a few weeks before bristol last year, I think he told me rather than wait to show me as he said it also required being able to do an s-fan, but in theory works.  Very nice and easy method of entering the s-fan.

O and something I've learnt, from a recfent trick of the week s-fan exit, add in an extra magic knot to turn it into a stall - double release  :wink:

General / Diabolo Spin Rate / Speedometer
« on: February 13, 2006, 11:39:37 PM »
Thats not how I did it, I did consider that method but figured if i was doing 100-200 odd trials I might get a bit of a headache.  I just used a lil gadget called an Optical Tachometer that measures the amount of times the black line goes past it each second and calculates the RPM for me and displays it.

General / Diabolo Spin Rate / Speedometer
« on: February 07, 2006, 08:26:05 AM »
For my physics coursework I put a strip of black electrical tape down one side of my diabolo and was able to measure the RPM using an Optical Tachometer.  Most of my trials were performed at around either 500 or 1000 RPM however I did do a few extra experiemtns to see how fast I could actually spin it but these were useless as the Optical Tachometer couldn't measure these faster speeds.

General / Underwater?
« on: February 02, 2006, 04:08:23 PM »
frank0072 wrote:
I don't know what the gain is in underwater diaboloing. It just a lot of frustration to do something that is doomed to fail I think. Spend your time on diaboloing in the open air and improve your skills I would say.

Or give it a shot cause it sounds like a laugh and something fun to do if you have the facilities?  :wink:

Videos of the Week / Video of the week: January 30-February 5, 2006, Vara
« on: February 02, 2006, 04:05:35 PM »
Definatly one of the simplest exit's I've tried.  Took me one attempt with 1D to make sure I knew how it worked and two attempts with 2D to do it fine, feels nice and smooth too.

Videos of the Week / Video of the week: January 30-February 5, 2006, Vara
« on: February 01, 2006, 07:34:38 AM »
I like it, that knot reminds me of something i feel i've seen before, blown if i can remember though.

I'll give it a shot next time I have time.

Tutorials / Vortex tutorial : Base trick and advanced variations
« on: February 01, 2006, 07:33:03 AM »
I dunno, still could be a giving internal transfer just making sure you unwrap as well in one smooth move, it doesn't have to end up with a wrap just because thats how its demonstrated in diabology.

On the other hand I could just not be understanding what you're trying to explain.

Tutorials / Vortex tutorial : Base trick and advanced variations
« on: January 30, 2006, 09:25:39 PM »
Check my website,, under the Diabolo: Educational section from the Videos link.  The link from the page is to the wmv version however if you find the address from that and change the wmv extension to mpeg then you'll find the mpeg version.

Glad to know this is still useful  :)

Videos / both directions are needed/important ?
« on: January 24, 2006, 07:42:16 AM »
Nah, every trick is possible on both sides, just for some of em you need to turn round :P.  Most people probably see learning tricks like thisd a waste of time, but it's quite nice to see diverse combo's with the diaboloist turning round within it, probably worth at least getting used to the diabolo spinning "the wrong way" and possibly performing a few tricks like that so you can smoothly link it all in.

Gear / The ideal diabolo
« on: January 24, 2006, 07:38:41 AM »
On the point of axle-shape, I am not so sure this is at all important.  If you compare a brand new circus axle with say one of mine there is a huge difference.  I have worn away a groove of approx 1mm around the whole thing.  The string sits perfectly inside this funnily enough and so in theory it could cause alot of friction but I can't say I notice any difference when using someone else's brand new circus.

Although it does feel a little weird watching myself use one but new circus' are a different shape to used ones, it may seem strange, but they actually did once have sharp edges  :o

Gear / The ideal diabolo
« on: January 23, 2006, 06:54:50 AM »
Thanks for finding that Norb, I wonder why it seems to have gone backwards in development though.  A couple years ago when I was wondering what to upgrade to from my Radiants they seemed in full swing of producing and selling the Hades.  Now they don't even have any pictures.  :?

Very nice stuff, I gave em a quick try but no success :(. I'll have to work on em a bit harder later.

Gear / The ideal diabolo
« on: January 22, 2006, 07:28:22 PM »
Did anybody ever try that Hades Diabolo?

It was designed and manufactured by some guy who ran a Juggling Store in America.  Last time I visited his site was probs over a year ago and even then it was mostly down due to some kind of internet attack...can't remember the URL unfortunatly.

I believe it was based around the Circus which was only around in its basic form at the time.  The Hades Diab had a different type of plastic for the cups and used plastic for the hubs.  The major diff was an extra 1cm on the the thickness of the rim.

Sounded pretty sweet but would've cost loads to get one at the time.

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