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The diabolo (commonly misspelled as diablo; formerly also known as “the devil on two sticks”) is a juggling prop consisting of a spool which is whirled and tossed on a string tied to two sticks held one in each hand. A huge variety of tricks are possible using the sticks, string, and various body parts. Multiple diabolos can be spun on a single string.
The most basic act of diabolo manipulation is to cause the spool to spin while it is suspended from the string. This is commonly achieved by dragging the string across the axle in such a way that the friction causes the spool to roll. By repeatedly lifting one of the handsticks while providing slack with the other the speed of rotation of the spool can be increased as the spool “rolls” down the string. The lifting hand is typically the user’s dominant hand. This method is known as acceleration.
Further increases in speed are obtained by a variety of techniques, including power whips; accelerations, such as Chinese acceleration and loop acceleration; power burners; and orbit tricks.
Once speed is built up, the diaboloist typically performs a routine based on various tricks. The best diaboloists can work these tricks smoothly into one another and keep the diabolo in a constant motion without having to pause to speed up the spin again. The diabolo will stay balanced as long as there is speed.
We will be selling The Diabolo Millenium Rainbow at our festival. It is a medium-size diabolo, with good, well-balanced weight. Its size makes it good for throwing high, and makes other tricks easier than a smaller diabolo. It is good for learning, particularly for children, due to its light weight. It is extremely well made.