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Hubert_Cumberdale
Hubert_Cumberdale

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Posted:Ever spent MONTHS perfecting some difficult nitty-gritty technical move only to find that nobody even noticed it and instead everyone loves it when you just throw a staff in the air and catch it again??? biggrin biggrin

So for any of your toys:
What are your alltime favourite cheap tricks?


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The Fade
The Fade

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Location: melbournia australia
Member Since: 23rd May 2005
Total posts: 212
Posted:in contact juggling 2 things always get a wow:

a simple butterfly and edsons enigma isolations lol.. possibly the most simple moves imaginable


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tim_marston
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Member Since: 16th May 2006
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Posted:have a look at world fire knife championships,
they lie on their back and with their feet up in the air rest the wicks on their feet,it takes no skill or secret tips
you just need thick skin on your feet.the crowd go wild for it,thats why its in allegria the famous cirque du soleil show.
its also, i think part of the culture of the knife dance in samoa.,
so i wouldnt call it cheap but it is low skill and it is a big crowd pleaser


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Point_Blank
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Member Since: 9th Feb 2005
Total posts: 1207
Posted:one handed cartwheels with staff, $20 in 5 seconds, drunk people give money so much more easily.

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Seye
Seye

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Location: Manchester, UK
Member Since: 27th Mar 2005
Total posts: 1261
Posted:Butterfly stalls between your legs.
Spirals.
Wraps.
Catches (of poi heads).

All an audience can see is a burning thing next to your skin. They think its dangerous so they're impressed.


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robnunchucks
robnunchucks

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Location: manchester uk
Member Since: 14th Jul 2004
Total posts: 363
Posted:I aways find spinning a staff fast and spinning round on the spot gets a good responce infact any simple tricks while turning or spining seem to go down well smile

but in my mind burn off is definataly the ultimate cheap trick only takes 2 min to learn but it always seems to get the best reaction out of any trick i do.


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Sixth
Sixth

Devil May Cry
Location: Manchester / London
Member Since: 31st Oct 2005
Total posts: 327
Posted:throwing a staff and catching with one hand behind the back then popping it back over and going into spits to catch it infront ubblol

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RayinRed
RayinRed

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Location: Huntington, New York
Member Since: 3rd Apr 2006
Total posts: 39
Posted:Shotguns high and low

Turning around a few times

Doing a throw


No one seems to care that I just perfected my neck roll frown


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Mr Majestik
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Posted:i care RainRed, i care.............

"but have you considered there is more to life than your eyelids?"

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tim_marston
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Posted:me too

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Neon_Shaolin
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Posted:Dangling the poi so that the head touches the floor then kicking it it into a spin like a twirling cane in a vaudevillian manner...

"I used to want to change the world, now I just wanna leave the room with a little dignity..." - Lotus Weinstock

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Sixth
Sixth

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Location: Manchester / London
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Posted:yes but not whe the poi are completely soacked in parafin biggrin

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Mr Majestik
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Posted:or bouncing them on the ground so it does a burn off.

"but have you considered there is more to life than your eyelids?"

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Neon_Shaolin
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Posted: Written by: Sixth


yes but not whe the poi are completely soacked in parafin biggrin



Yes when they're soaked in parafin and burning! It'll feel warm momentarily but it'll pass!


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Chuck_Norris
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Location: Washington
Member Since: 5th Jun 2006
Total posts: 1
Posted:The best "cheap trick" is the one you send the audience home with. For this I use the old "smother the wick in the front of your pants" as a finisher. Always gets a smile and a few extra tips. Of course finding Kevlar boxers is tough these days, so be careful not to light anything important on fire. The last thing you want is someone stomping on the front of your pants trying to put a fire out...

ooOOooOOoo..... Fire!

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Charles
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Posted:I have a cheap trick where I explain how you can only get 2 spins with a figure 8, then get an audience member to dislocate my elbow and do 8 spins with a disfigure 8.

It cheap but it gets a great reaction...


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Mr Majestik
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Posted:umm ew?

"but have you considered there is more to life than your eyelids?"

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afghan_bingo
afghan_bingo

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Location: Calgary, Canada
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Total posts: 116
Posted:2bt weave with left hand (staff) juggle balls in right hand. or getting someone (preferably a bird) to stand pressed against me whilst spinning fire around them. always fun

we were somewhere near barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold...

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VampyricAcid
VampyricAcid

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Posted: Written by: Charles


I have a cheap trick where I explain how you can only get 2 spins with a figure 8, then get an audience member to dislocate my elbow and do 8 spins with a disfigure 8.

It cheap but it gets a great reaction...



now THAT is a video i wanna see!!!


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Geeza
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Posted: Written by: Skinky


 Written by: Charles


I have a cheap trick where I explain how you can only get 2 spins with a figure 8, then get an audience member to dislocate my elbow and do 8 spins with a disfigure 8.

It cheap but it gets a great reaction...



now THAT is a video i wanna see!!!



me too.


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UCOF
UCOF

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Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
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Posted:I dont want to see it,
not only do I fear it may make me throw up, but I also fear Charles was making it up!

rolleyes


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borganique
borganique

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Location: Cornwall
Member Since: 6th Jan 2006
Total posts: 154
Posted:had a comment at a party on the weekend about how 'easy' magnet tricks were, and they were only to fool non jugglers. basic, yes, easy, no. it took me ages to get the motor control for machine and other similar style tricks. i challenged him to do ANY magnet tricks and he failed dismally claiming drunkness, yet he could do all his other (pretty slack) juggling prefectly well!

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_Poiboy_
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Posted:one handed butterflies, while the other hand waves/does the westcoast sign or whatever that rock thing is called \m/

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_Poiboy_
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Posted: Written by: maus



Buzzsaw...



squat up and down...a bit of thrusting and wiggleng with fire in your crotch...works a treat for the boys in the audience every time!



Make love to that fire baby!!! ubblol





 Written by: ImmortalAngel



One handed butterfly whilst removing parts of your clothing :O





May i have a video of those? ubblol ubbangel


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RaveRepresent
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Posted:Definitly, the most stunning has to be a flower. Ive done a few (kind of messy 4 and 6 petal flowers) at shows, many people started screaming at that point. When i say shows, i mean going in my neighbors backyard and spinning while he, his wife, and his daughters watch tongue

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flixfyre
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Member Since: 3rd Jul 2006
Total posts: 9
Posted:my best reactions are always for the simple big flame stuff.. lots of noise and heat!!! simple poi moves with double fire ropes and the odd big fireball crack, wrap the ropes around your legs
lately I've put fire fingers on one motorbike glove, freddie kruger styley
good for eating then doing a few blows off them
naff I know but you did want cheap tricks


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K__
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Posted: Written by: RaveRepresent


Definitly, the most stunning has to be a flower



But are flowers a cheap trick? I've not tried learning them yet but have always got the impression they're evil to get the hang of.

In juggling, my favourite cheap trick is a 3 ball cascade where you just throw each ball high, so you have enough time to carry every ball btb and then in front of you again to throw it. Looks like you've got this amazing behind-to-in-front cascade going on, but in fact you're just waving your arms about a bit smile


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borganique
borganique

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Posted:yeah, i know what you mean, that was taught as a pisstake at play, fake backcrosses!

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K__
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Posted:Fake backcrosses, so that's it's name smile Yeah I learnt it at Play off this great bloke called Tom, quickest trick I ever learnt biggrin

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Phoenix327
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Location: United States
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Total posts: 6
Posted:I have been twirling for a while and just started with fire. I have never heard of the buzzsaw. How do you do it? Or is there another name for it?

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BabyMullet
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Posted:I find that spinning with a bunch of people at once, to just face each other and do a 3 beat. The light, or fire, can be really confusing at first, but once the crowd understands what is going on, they go nuts.

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