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A Theory about the knots: - alternative ways -

"Why do you always use trapezes and inverses?"

The basic idea with the knots is pretty simple: you do a move which causes a knot and then you do a counter move for the first move to open the knot. By making series of this kind of moves you can make a very complex looking knot that open by throwing diabolo in the air (and looks pretty cool too). In the last three articles, we have used a lot of trapezes and inverse trapezes. BUT, the possible knots are even greater than that! There are many more moves to create knots other than using trapezes. The fact that you can do trapezes in many ways makes them really handy. Thus, let’s start by trying another way to do trapeze.

Normally, you probably do a trapeze by swinging it to the side and then around from the other side and landing on top of the string between your sticks. As you may know, this is not the only way to do this. You can do the same thing by making the knot by hand.

Example 1. On the video there is a normal trapeze and then the same by making the knot with your hand. An inverse trapeze can also be done in the same way. I believe you're familiar with the normal inverse trapeze (otherwise you’d be reading the previous articles to figure out what I mean, wouldn’t you?). Try these and copy all the moves straight from the video to learn faster. Aren’t these knots starting to look familiar? [video]

Example 2. Here we go - first do an inverse, then trapeze, and finally inverse. The knot opens from the side. It looks pretty similar to some tricks. If you wanted to use the names from diabolotricks.com this trick would be a version of "Spaghetti". [video]

Example 3. An inverse trapeze, followed by two rounds of string around the diabolo, switch the direction and two rounds the other way. Knot opens from the sides again. Easy. [video]

Now we have learned a lot about knots. Now, there are different ways to do the same moves. I provided only one way - of course you can use slack-whips as well. Also the things you do at the dead point can be done in many ways. Let's do the stick throw move from previous articles.

Example 4. Inverse -> "stick throw move" by not throwing the stick -> trapeze. You actually do everything by knitting. [video]

Trick doesn't look the same as the original we did some time ago. But actually it is the same trick that Aaro showed in the dead points 1. [original video]

Finally, I will warm up one of the old tricks that has a nice logic behind it. The knot is always about doing a move and the counter move for the first move.

Example 5. First we do a move that you can use to open double twist in the string - after a normal sun, for example. But, now we don't finish the move and instead throw the stick around horizontally. The stick throw doesn't necessarily have to be thrown - you can just go around the whole thing. We end up having a knot that will open from the center. [video]

Example 6. Here we have the same thing as in Example 5 but in reverse. The string twists in a different direction and you have to go the other way with the stick throw. The performance is again simplified, so that's probably the best way to do it on stage. ;) It seems that I had some thinking going on while filming the last trick... :)

I hope you got some new ideas from this article. You should now understand that the knot can be done in various ways. But still most of the tricks are just variations on the same basic knot, there's no need to make up names for everyone of them. For example, the "Spaghetti" is just inverse + trapeze. If you check out the web page, http://www.diabolotricks.com/Knots.htm you'll probably start to see some problems with the naming. On what basis, for example, should you name the same trick with two names (Al's Release and Inverse trapeze)? There are many tricks that actually are variations or combinations of inverses and trapezes. Wouldn’t it be better if you just said how many inverses and trapezes you do in that tricks? After all, Al's Release says nothing to me...

For me, knot theory is like a tool to create new tricks and expand my thinking with diabolo. I'll ask you a question: are there other moves and counter moves that you can combine to create a knot trick? It's good fun to learn more - just a while ago Samuli showed me my own idea but in reverse, and I went nuts (example 6). Why didn't I think about it after I did the first version two seconds before!? So thanks to Samuli again.

-Marko (original text), Duncan (english)

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