Diabolo: Same concept, different prop.
Written by Lucas G. Abduch on May 10, 2009
Contribution Guilherme C. Almeida
I recently started practicing Swing Poi, and I noticed that there are lots of poi
concepts that can be applied to diabolo. You can find concepts like this with clubs
too, so… maybe we can find concepts with staffs, devil sticks or other props that
we can apply to diabolo, as well.
There’s no big difference between different props, you can find lots of
connection dots. It’s interesting to explore these connection dots to strengthen our
juggling technique. I will present here some of the similarities that can be easily
Swing poi => Fan – Buzzsaw:
The fan, movement with two diabolos, it’s a trick where you spin boh
diabolôs between your arms alternately. There are several kinds of fans, the most
commons are S-fan (both diabolos gain speed) and AC-fan (for most people one
diabolô gains speed and one loses, but there are people who can keep AC-fan
going without losing speed on both diabolo).
In Buzzsaw, both poi will stay between arms, just like as on fun, but we have
more possibilities of variations, because the poi are not attached to each other like
the string on diabolos.
Notice the similarity in the vídeos::
Diabolo - Fan:
Poi – Buzzsaw:
swinging move – 3 beat weave:
Again we can observe a similarity between the hand movement, although
this movement is harder to control with diabolos than with poi.
Lots of the possible variations on swing poi can be applied to diabolo, since
the hands doesn’t distance themselves to much, we have to remember that the
diabolos will always be connected to each other, in some way.
Diabolo - Swinging move:
Poi – 3 beat weave:
Clubs => Two clubs concept applied to stickswaping:
Finding connection dots it’s harder when it comes to toss juggling (balls, clubs and
rings), because they’re moving objects. Diabolos are, in the traditional thinking,
dependent of sticks and string. Nevertheless we still can find concepts we can
apply in toss juggling and with diabolos.
Ceri-Anne did a video in october, 2007 showing one possibility of applying a
2 clubs concept on Stickswaping, in a very smart way. We observe again that
everything is connected.
We can find connection dots everywhere, juggling is not closed to
exchanging ideas between props.
Here we have some of the possibilities, however there are many more
posibilities. It is up to jugglers who practice different modalities to discover these
connections and present them to the world.
So, keep practicing, you can be the next one to find a concept that we can
apply in different kinds of props!
Feel free to ask anything, comment and criticize at email@example.com
Thanks and happy juggling!