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The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby mrbaggins » Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:06 am UTC

So. My recent purchase of a unicycle turned up at 11:00AM this morning, and since them I'm pretty sure I've made myself infertile for the next week. It's easier than I thought it would be, but harder in other ways. I stand by previous posts stating that it shall be glorious when I get better. My hockey team already want me on the field with it.

I also recently bought a set of LED poi (This is the less incendiary version). I can already do a forward chase. Have bonked myself on the head several times. The pain is numbed by soothing glowy goodness.
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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby SecondTalon » Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:10 am UTC

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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby Mous » Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:13 am UTC

I want to get a unicycle (i already know how to ride one but don't currently own one) and ride to school on it.

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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby Amnesiasoft » Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:37 am UTC

I own a unicycle...I do not know why.

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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby Magic Smoothie » Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:27 am UTC

;D I love poi spinning! I can do a couple different weaves, the butterfly (in front and back), angel wings, various reels, takeouts, "thread the needle," and hyperloops. I just use glowsticks, but I might get myself some proper ones one of these days.
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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby b.i.o » Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:38 am UTC

My school has a poi club, although I am not a part. That is all.

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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby Mr Jack » Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:46 am UTC

Imagine a Unicycle version of the Tour De France....


***drools***

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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby smw543 » Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:52 am UTC

Mr Jack wrote:Imagine a Unicycle version of the Tour De France....


***drools***
I'd imagine it would be the single largest group death of clowns ever. (The course has some incredibly steep parts; I'd consider anybody who survived the race to be a winner.) This thread reminded me that I haven't been near a unicycle in several years. I probably can't even do it anymore (or is it like riding a bicycle?)

As for poi: cool to watch, less so to use. I gave up after burning myself several times (though I guess I could try the LED kind.) Also, the other kind of poi is delicious; I strongly recommend trying some if you get a chance (make sure it's fresh, though.)
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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby LL Cool J » Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:04 am UTC

I have a unicycle! I ride it to university some times, when I need exercise.

I've seen unicyclists ride down some pretty steep hills pretty fast. And I used to do mountain bike orienteering with a guy who did the course (usually faster than the rest of us) on a seatless unicycle. And that was going up and down steep, rocky hills, through creeks and across planks, all that kind of stuff. Pretty crazy, pretty cool.

As for poi, I've been meaning to learn. I did some impromptu drunk fire-twirling lessons about a year ago, don't know how I managed to do it without setting my hair on fire. I should get my act together and give that a bit more of a shot.
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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby Nemphael » Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:11 am UTC

Unicycle? Have you been watching Demetri Martin?

Also, poi (if it means firedancing) is awesome and I'd like to try it. <3

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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby TheKrikkitWars » Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:27 am UTC

smw543 wrote:
Mr Jack wrote:Imagine a Unicycle version of the Tour De France....


***drools***
I'd imagine it would be the single largest group death of clowns ever. (The course has some incredibly steep parts; I'd consider anybody who survived the race to be a winner.)


So MUni riders are all made of win?

admittedly, he could probably benefit from using an actual MUni than just a unicycle on a mountain bike tyre :P
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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby Meowgan » Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:20 pm UTC

Hai you guys.

I'm in a circus society at uni.

I can
-almost juggle three balls
-do some poi. Butterfly, forward and reverse 3-beat weave, chicken wings, thread the needle, the crab, the over the head one.
-do a tiny bit of contact juggling, with staff and devil sticks. I mean tiny.
-keep a hula-hoop around my waist.
-solve the Rubik's cube while hula-hooping.

Today I started learning the diabolo, I can toss it and catch it and keep it spinning and not falling over. I'm planning to learn the unicycle quite soon. I refuse to do acrobatics or trapeze.

I own: glow poi, flag poi, sock poi, a contact ball and a rubik's cube.

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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby natraj » Mon Apr 27, 2009 1:25 pm UTC

I have really wanted to learn how to spin poi but not yet done so. I love watching it, though!
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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby SDIX » Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:45 pm UTC

I am so jealous of the LED!
I know what poi are, but haven't tried them. I think I'd smack myself around too much.
I, on the other hand, hula hoop aka hoopdance and am really wanting an LED hoop!
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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby Cheese » Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:13 pm UTC

I love poi! Not got myself a set yet, but I got really good at them during a circus skills workshop a few years ago and would like to try them again. My sister bought herself some firepoi I believe, but as she's up in Aberdeen I can't really use them... :(
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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby Jebobek » Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:57 pm UTC

So what you're saying mrbaggins is that, one month from now, you're going to videotape yourself spinning poi while riding the unicycle? Ok that sounds crazy but I'll be looking forward to seeing it.
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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby Izawwlgood » Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:00 pm UTC

Skip the LED. Go straight to fire.

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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby Magic Smoothie » Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:21 pm UTC

Oh, yes, fire is great for practicing. It's so much fun to get whacked in the face with burning Kevlar when you're trying to learn a reel turn.
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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby Izawwlgood » Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:14 pm UTC

I've gotten whacked a few times, it never leaves worse then a minor burn. It's part of the draw. The sensation of being in the middle of a spinning globe of roaring fire is only complete with the heat and occasional blister.
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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby ArchangelShrike » Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:35 pm UTC

This thread confused me when I was trying to imagine how one would set poi on fire, until I realized you meant poi balls.

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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby Mat » Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:58 pm UTC

Meowgan wrote:I think I'm a jack of most trades, master of none. I'm not that good, but I'm enthusiastic.

Me too... except for the enthusiasm part :P I don't tend to practice much except on Wednesdays when I go to the circus society at my uni.

Poi: I can do the basic 3 beat weave in both directions and a couple of other tricks
Unicycle: I can ride around and free mount but thats about it
Devilstick: I can do a tiny bit but nothing particularly impressive
Juggling: almost got the hang of juggling 5 balls but not there yet. I can juggle 4 badly and know quite a few 3 ball patterns, and I can do the basic cascade pattern with 3 clubs
Diabolo: Lots of 1 diabolo tricks, can't really do much with 2 yet but I can keep them orbiting each other

I really need to do some more unicycling, but I don't like riding around outside all that much cause I tend to get chavs shouting things at me :(

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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby Rakysh » Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:13 pm UTC

Diablo is teh shizz, I can do a fair few one- diablo tricks, but I've never even tried two.

I also do a fair few card tricks and can do a little bit of pen spinning (apparently a kind of contact juggling. Who knew?)

Can this be the circus skills thread?

Poi sounds awesome.

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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby Hyphe » Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:22 pm UTC

I am firmly convinced that juggling is the skill of the devil; nothing will convince me otherwise.

I'm pretty sure most circus skills are signs of evil. But juggling is the worst. >_>

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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby Bluggo » Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:42 pm UTC

Is it bad of me that I confused "poi" with "koi" and was wondering what carps have to do with unicycles?

I would not mind learning juggling, but I never tried yet - one day or the other I will buy a few balls and see what I can do with them.

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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby mrbaggins » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:25 am UTC

I fully intend to do card tricks and play with poi on my unicycle. Not all three at once though.

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I can do lots of good card tricks (I dislike rigged deck tricks, so most of mine are with a normal deck and sleight of hand). I can juggle 3 balls (or other items) in a variety of ways, but suck at items that aren't relatively even.

Can this be the circus skills thread?

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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby rnew » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:35 am UTC

I'm putting my name down for juggling. Lovely jubbly juggling

And rubiks but that not a circus skill.
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby Amarantha » Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:24 pm UTC

I learnt to juggle at school once. I can do three, but I have a tendency to throw too far forward if I'm not careful. What I'd really like to learn is contact juggling, but I doubt I've got the patience :P

I reckon I could learn to walk a rope, though. I'm generally kinda unco, but can balance pretty well if I'm concentrating.

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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby Jebobek » Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:29 pm UTC

I used to work at an amusement park, in the games department. Lots of "throw three balls, win a prize" games. This meant that I was sitting there bored during the slow hours. However, this was the perfect time to learn to juggle. I did not advance past the three-ball simple juggle, but I did get quite good at it.

I think the best method to learn is to lean against a counter or a bed, so that you can pick right back up when you drop a ball.
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby SDIX » Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:33 pm UTC

woo! now I don't feel quite so out of the hoop here :P

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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby The Cat » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:12 pm UTC

God bless all the clowns!

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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby Mous » Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:54 am UTC

I play with fire a lot. Not the typical pyromaniac setting things on fire, but things like juggling fire and spitting fire, etc. I've never tried poi but that looks awesome, I'll have to do it.
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby steewi » Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:04 am UTC

I used to twirl fire poi, fire staff and sword, but don't really do it anymore. I had too many run-ins with drunken idiots and an incident where I almost ran someone through with a flaming sword, deliberately.

I tried a unicycle and slackrope (not at the same time) once or twice. It was kind of fun, but I have too many other things taking up my time to think about it.

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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby Mous » Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:19 pm UTC

A few years ago, my school did Barnum, the musical. It had a slackline, a massive swing that went out over the audience, trapezes and fabric dancing, 6 foot stilts, pyrotechnics, and a circus dude came over a couple nights a week to teach the actors stuff. I was a techie for it, which meant not only did I help build the slackline, swing, trapeze, etc, but when no one was around we got to play with them.

It was a cool show.
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby Hoags » Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:58 pm UTC

I'm in the circus society at uni!

Juggling: I can do three balls well, with a bunch of tricks, 3 rings less well, and 3 clubs not very well. I'm also learning to contact juggle.
Unicycling: I have a unicycle, but can't really ride it. Getting there, though!

I must enhance my skills!

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Re: The "I own a unicycle or know what poi are" thread

Postby suffer-cait » Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:32 pm UTC

ArchangelShrike wrote:This thread confused me when I was trying to imagine how one would set poi on fire, until I realized you meant poi balls.
haha, i am so surprised by how many people actually know what poi is! like seriously! at first i couldn't understand why it was so popular, i through mine out at age 8 cause i beat myself up more than manage a buterfly. it seriously looks cool when done differently though.
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby DJorgensen » Sat May 02, 2009 4:36 pm UTC

D:
I love poi!
I am so out of practice though...
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby Lissa » Mon May 04, 2009 12:40 pm UTC

I can do handstands on a galloping horse! :D (No, seriously)

Apart from that though, no circus skills. I tried juggling two balls once. It didn't go well.

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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby suffer-cait » Mon May 04, 2009 12:44 pm UTC

vaulting is such a circus talent!
(i can't even do a hand stand on the ground)
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby Whelan » Mon May 04, 2009 12:49 pm UTC

I have some poi laying about somewhere, I can't do anything with them.
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby PhatPhungus » Mon May 04, 2009 5:45 pm UTC

Anyone have advice for getting started contact juggling? Best ball to buy, where to buy it?
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