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A Theory about the knots: -The Dead points 1-

This time we will talk about certain phases of knot tricks. Phases refer to times when you can do many moves and tricks which will not affect the way your knot releases.

When you do inverse trapeze, it moves the diabolo "under the string". So, if it is under the string you can do things to the sting that doesn't affect the release phase in any way. For example, you can make a sun which normally causes the string to twist. It doesn't matter if you do the sun clockwise or counter-clockwise; the knot still opens from the sides. If you add a trapeze, the knot opens normally from the middle of the sticks.

If the making of a sun doesn't affect the knot, you can walk around the diabolo - making a whole circle. The twist is the same as in the sun we just did. Using the same logic, throwing the stick around the string and catching it again doesn't change anything. You can throw trapezes that miss the string and, still, nothing changes. So you can do any of these moves and the knot still opens in the same way. It's a little hard to grasp the whole thing from just the text, so here are the exercises with some videos.

To make it easier to follow, I do all my trapezes to my right stick. You could easily combine other stick trapezes as well.

1. Do inverse -> sun around the sticks -> trapeze [video]

The knot opens from the middle. There is small move to make the knot look even more complicated.

2. Inverse -> throwing the stick and catching it -> trapeze [video]

The knot opens from the middle. It's the same as first one but with a different move.

3. Inverse -> walking around the diabolo -> trapeze [video]

Again, the knot opens from the middle

4. Inverse -> trapeze that doesn't hit the string -> trapeze [video]

Naturally opening from the middle again

Really, there isn't anything surprising. When you think about all the combinations here you should realise that there are actually many varieties of knots that people have not invented. When you make your own knot, just remember to follow on what side of the string the diabolo is on. If it is on the outside, open it from the sides. You may start to realise why naming each combination with different name might not be a good way to go because of the innate similarities. It is just easier to describe the knots. Back to the examples.

5. Inverse -> miss the normal trapeze three times -> trapeze [video]

The knot opens from the middle. Notice that the quantity of these moves won't make any difference, nor does it matter which side you miss the trapeze. Next, we can make these missed trapezes and suns together. For clarity, on the video I try to do make everything look very simple. I also do the suns and trapezes in the same direction and on the same side. It doesn't matter which direction you go.

6. Inverse -> missed trapeze -> sun -> trapeze [video]

The quantity ofthe two middle moves could be even more. You can also change the style you choose to make them, if you want. Now it’s time for you to experiment on these moves - try to combine them and find more moves that you can do when you get to a dead point.

This is it for today - six examples and an introduction to dead points. Thanks for hanging in there trough my explanation!

-Aaro (text), Marko (first translation), Duncan (corrections)

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