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

Postby RetSpline » Tue May 05, 2009 1:54 am UTC

I have a set of Devil sticks either around here somewhere or at my mom's house. I picked them up on a whim at a Ren faire a few years back and they were tons of fun. I never learned a whole lot of tricks, but I messed around with them a lot.

My dad used to be somewhat of an amateur magician, and so tried to teach me magic tricks and juggling. The only real trick I remember how to do is how to make a coin disappear, though I feel like my overall presentation is better than in that video; I showed this trick to three friends, 2 of whom already knew it, and none of them spotted the drop or expected the disappear. The trick is to be talking along normally, build up a patter, then WHAM, slam down on the napkin hard.

I'm also starting to learn some card tricks, but this isn't going so well. I just haven't put in the time it takes to practice and rehearse them. I am learning from the same book my dad learned from though, so that's cool.

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

Postby mrbaggins » Tue May 05, 2009 5:16 am UTC

There's a couple of great contact juggling sites linked from the wikipedia page. They have instructions for getting started and what you need.

Essentially, any uniform and shiny surfaced ball about 3.5" in diamater is a good starter.
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby suffer-cait » Tue May 05, 2009 8:58 am UTC

my friend contact juggles, he's pretty good at it.
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Tue May 05, 2009 9:35 am UTC

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

Postby Zohar » Tue May 05, 2009 9:46 am UTC

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

Postby Mmmm, Pi » Tue May 05, 2009 10:44 am UTC

It's all about the stiltwalking. Not that I'm much good at it myself, but apparently I'm good at teaching others how to not fall over. I'm normally there to get in the way if they stop moving.
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby PhatPhungus » Sun May 10, 2009 6:08 pm UTC

mrbaggins wrote:There's a couple of great contact juggling sites linked from the wikipedia page. They have instructions for getting started and what you need.

Essentially, any uniform and shiny surfaced ball about 3.5" in diamater is a good starter.


How much difference does the size make?
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby Mous » Sun May 10, 2009 6:10 pm UTC

PhatPhungus wrote:
mrbaggins wrote:There's a couple of great contact juggling sites linked from the wikipedia page. They have instructions for getting started and what you need.

Essentially, any uniform and shiny surfaced ball about 3.5" in diamater is a good starter.

How much difference does the size make?

Bigger balls are easier to work with, and you don't want it too light or too heavy. Very specific, I know.
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby PhatPhungus » Sun May 10, 2009 6:14 pm UTC

Mous wrote:
PhatPhungus wrote:
mrbaggins wrote:There's a couple of great contact juggling sites linked from the wikipedia page. They have instructions for getting started and what you need.

Essentially, any uniform and shiny surfaced ball about 3.5" in diamater is a good starter.

How much difference does the size make?

Bigger balls are easier to work with, and you don't want it too light or too heavy. Very specific, I know.

That was quick. At what size does it become too big? for example, I don't want to contact juggle a basketball. Is it worth it to buy a ball designed for contact juggling, or should I just find some other spherical object?
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby Ptolom » Mon May 11, 2009 12:45 pm UTC

There's something severely wrong with my inherent juggling ability. I tried for weeks and never managed more than 3 cycles before I dropped the balls on the floor, or on my head, or on someone else's head. Diablo, on the other hand went better and I managed to get quite reliable at throwing and catching it.

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

Postby Joeldi » Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:49 am UTC

I just got a unicycle today, partly inspired by this thread. Can barely sit on it so far, but I do think I'm getting a little better as the day progresses.
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby LL Cool J » Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:04 am UTC

Go Joeldi! Hope my advice was helpful.
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby mrbaggins » Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:38 am UTC

Joeldi wrote:I just got a unicycle today, partly inspired by this thread. Can barely sit on it so far, but I do think I'm getting a little better as the day progresses.

Awesome stuff. It's quite difficult to just sit on it, you need to be moving before you can stand still....

I can nearly go straight ahead... so close....
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby acb » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:29 pm UTC

I really want to get a unicycle, but living in a city with a lot of cobbles and hills I'm not sure it would work so well! I can juggle 3 balls well and do a few tricks, and am working on 3 clubs but haven't quite got the hang of it yet. I also have poi and a diablo but I don't use them very much. I love doing circus skills, and taking some poi or something down to the park turns out to be a really good way to meet people and start chatting.

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

Postby Alpha Omicron » Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:00 pm UTC

My mother is very skilled with poi (glowstick, streamer, or fire) and can also do some fire-eating.
I don't have any particularly interesting circusy skills, but I was recently considering the merits of a unicycle as a commuting vehicle.
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby Joeldi » Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:17 pm UTC

A few months on, and after a hiatus when my cheap-o cycle broke and I had to buy some new cranks and pedals, I can generally go for as long as I want (or until I get stuffed and lose the plot) as long as I'm going in a straight line, can usually make gentle turns, but can only get on without holding on to something sporadically. At the moment I'm practicing bunny-hopping, although my uni's too big/heavy (chosen because of the rough terrain I have to practice on) to get any air/maneuverability out of.
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby The EGE » Sat Aug 29, 2009 2:09 am UTC

I have no skills whatsoever at unicycles or juggling. I hate so see what I'd do with firey poles...

I can climb trees extremely fast, though, and play a decent game of ping pong with my hands, which are nearly the size of the paddles anyway.

I can also do mental calculations like square and cube roots, day of the week given the date, and moon phase, but those aren't quite the level of circus tricks.
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby mrbaggins » Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:27 am UTC

After quite some time of not having enough time to practice, I'm now at a point where I'm prepared to go outside and make an ass out of myself whilst getting better. Can go a couple of meters before gravity wins.
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby Joeldi » Sun Aug 30, 2009 10:56 am UTC

Tomorrow, if I have time, I'm going to go in search of a nice quiet slab on concrete to practice. I hope I'll be able to learn much quicker than on bumpy grass/gravel.
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Re: The circus skills thread (Unicycles and more!)

Postby Mat » Sun Aug 30, 2009 4:19 pm UTC

woo!

I need to unicycle more. Still haven't got the hang of idling :(


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