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the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:Okay..so...I get to choose from a pluthera of circus arts to receive free training in from professional trainers (I did a favor for them, this is what I get in return)...and I don't know what to choose.

I have always had problems with Diabolo that I want remedied, but then there is the Unicycle and some aerials and walking globes and slack rope and........

Well...how do I choose???????

I thought about chosing based on props I can purchase myself...and have the room to store...but that's too practical.

HELP or I'll just DIE!!!!!!!!!!! wink
(I don't think I need the acting-melodrama class ubblol )

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Carpal \'Tunnel

Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
Total posts: 15414
Posted:try learning the flaming rizla of death...

Diablo is good.
2 Diablae are better.
3 Diablae is impossible. tongue

Cigar boxes have always impressed me.. but never made me want to try them... confused

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Location: knoxville, tennessee, usa
Member Since: 30th May 2004
Total posts: 91
Posted:choose something that will be difficult to find a trainer for in the future. that way your gaining knowledge in a skill you may not have the opportunity to gain someplace else. of course, make sure its something your interested in and excited about learning. good luck and keep us posted on what you decide.

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The GF of HoP
Location: Somerset, England
Member Since: 17th Aug 2004
Total posts: 492
Posted:Good call roberts .

My 2C would be that diabolo would be the 1 to go for (not biased or anything) but inspead of just learning a few more 1D tricks try an get them to show you how to do 2D.

Its not as big a step as some might think and to get the basic shuffle going can take as little as 2 hours solid in my experience with teaching adequete 1Diaboloist.

However i do confess that this is most likly me trying to act on an experimen ive been itching to try out for a long time. Just to see if i could get a noive to run througt the process of getting to 2D shouffle in as short a time as possible.

1. teach them ho to get alot of spin.
2. teaching them to throw a diabolo so as they can catch it spinning
3. get them to get 1 diabolo spinning then throw in the second and get them shuffling.

It does sound a bit like skiping about 6 months worth of diabolo practise but im sure you could do it . Go on prove me right smile

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old hand
Location: In a van
Member Since: 30th Jun 2003
Total posts: 1092
Posted:learn things like, aerial, etc... they are hard to come across and cant be done on a street corner with a couple of mates!

just like roberts suggested!

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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: sheffield
Member Since: 28th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3252
Posted:A very important thing with 2 diabolos is to use the right type- it's generally considered that small/medium size diabolos are neither good to learn with, or good to use for two, even when you have got it down.

Henry's 'jumbo' model was, and to an extent, still is, considered the diabalo of choice for two; a lot of diabalists are now using the large 'Finnese' diabalos.

Personaly I think learning the shuffle in two hours is exceptional (unless you mean someone throwing a 2nd diabalo in and then simply keeping it going for a bit).

The actual 2 diabalo shuffle is fairly easy; throwing in the 2nd diabalo is more tricky, and 'correcting' them (so as to keep the shuffle going) is harder still.

It's interesting to see how, with the recent massive upsurge in diabalo, that two diabalo has gone from being considered a fairly advanced trick, to its present state of being considerd pretty much a beginners move.


Pele, I think improved skill with diabalo is always a good thing- the advantage would be that, as it's getting so popular, skill wiith it will be very handy if you're running workshops.

The downside is that it sometimes seems like everybody is doing it, and, as a result, the technical side has gone through the roof. At the conventions over here, pretty much all the diabalists are doing advanced two diabalo stuff and, for anyone who wants to 'stand out' at diabalo, they've really got their work cut out.

Personally, I'd look into getting some instruction in 'muni' (off road unicycling) as it's a lot of fun and something you can very much relax into, take at your own pace and just enjoy getting around on an unfeasilbe looking, but actually very practical, form of transport.

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But you can make the Bastard work for it."

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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: "In your ear"
Member Since: 9th Jun 2003
Total posts: 6207
Posted:maybe rather than fcusing on just one act, you could look at doing low to medium level of several acts

like some medium level diabolo, some beginners uni, some rope work?

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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Hampshire College, MA, USA
Member Since: 22nd Dec 2004
Total posts: 3533
Posted:So, what did you go for?


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Sweet talented nutter
Location: Brisbane Oz
Member Since: 3rd Aug 2002
Total posts: 2615
Posted:Not the Dia-boolo i hope . Those are evil (after it's like spelling devil in spanish not quite but close).

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Self-Flagellation Expert
Location: Bogged at CG
Member Since: 16th Apr 2004
Total posts: 3415
Posted:and french, and italian... (i think)

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Location: New South Wales
Member Since: 14th Nov 2004
Total posts: 87
Posted:my record for 3 diabolos is 40 throws


Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Sihanoukville, cambodia
Member Since: 14th Jul 2005
Total posts: 4191
Posted:would have to choose aerial myself.....opportunities to learn it don't seem to come up that often,and its a very useful skill that in my experience,tends to make a lot of money.

very versatile,and can be tailored to almost any event!x