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A Theory about the knots: -The Dead points 2

This article is about knots and times when the quantity and the order of certain moves don’t affect the release.


Before you go and try the following, you should have a basic understanding about our knot theory. To do this, read the first two articles before going forward with this. If you do understand the basics of our knot theory, continue reading and try some of our ideas!

Today we will start straight off at the dead points (the situation after doing inverse trapeze). We will go through some ideas with accompanying videos. But first, let's have a look brief overview. "Pirouette to the left" means the kind of pirouette where you have your sticks at the same height. It doesn't mean a pirouette like you do at the same time as a sun where the sticks go above your body. "Stick throw" today means that you throw the stick in horizontal way, it goes around the string between the diabolo and sticks. "Walk around" means simply walking around diabolo and sticks. "Switching the stick" is what you do when you change the stick to a different hand. We are truly sorry if this feels really complicated - Aaro said that it's already hard to write this well in Finnish although he is a better writer than me. And now, by translating this, it may get even worse. But like always, a video speaks louder than words.

Exercise 7:

Inverse trapeze -> piruet to the left -> sticks throw -> trapeze [video]

We will notice that the situation you end up after doing the pirouette allows you to throw the sticks without any arrangement of the string. If you do the first trapeze to you right, the string will be around your right hand stick. That's a one nice way to make a combo with the dead points. As always the number of moves after the inverse trapeze doesn't count. It means that you can throw the stick around the rope five times or more and the knot will still open.

Exercise 8:

Inverse trapeze -> pirouette -> stick throw -> walk around -> trapeze [video]

Compared to the last exercise, this doesn't add much. You catch the stick like always and then you just walk around the whole package the way you like.

Exercise 9:

Inverse trapeze -> pirouette -> stick throw, while walking around -> trapeze [video]

Here we just do two things at the same time - throw the stick and then follow it around with your body. You might also try to walk to the different way and see how it goes. Try not to hit yourself with the flying stick.

Exercise 10:

Inverse trapeze -> pirouette -> stick throw, while switching stick and walking around -> trapeze [video]

The last exercise breaks almost all the rules that you normally know about knots. One important thing to remember is that it may sometimes be easier to let the stick fly around more than one time.

Aaro wrote the Finnish version of this article when he was dead tired. And now I have, in a way, continued the tradition by translating this at night time on a train. If you understood nothing, don't worry - just watch the videos! If somebody understood something, have fun with the ideas you got!


-Aaro (original article) & Marko (translation), Duncan (corrections)

ps. We don't know if Duncan was also sleepy while correcting Marko's translation. Hopefully he was. ;)

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