Juggling sticks


These are most ordinarily referred to as devil sticks or juggling sticks and sometimes called flower sticks. the rationale they’re referred to as devil sticks is that once you get good at tricks, it’s just like the sticks are moving by magic, and thus “the work of the devil.” It’s all about illusion.

How to make juggling sticks

These are most ordinarily referred to as devil sticks or juggling sticks and sometimes called flower sticks.

The reason they’re referred to as devil sticks is that when you get good at tricks, it’s just like the sticks are moving by magic, and thus “the work of the devil.” It’s all about illusion.

Juggling Sticks are tons of fun to form and play with, and suitable for teenagers (every make may be a great opportunity to show children the way to use tools safely also as developing confidence and skills, spending quality time together and inspiring curiosity, independence and knowledge about how things work).

You can see differently of creating these, with different materials here because of origamiwolf.

1: What you will need

Sticks (2 short, 1 long) – I’ve used bamboo because it is incredibly cheap and an environmentally sustainable product. I got this green bamboo from Bunnings Warehouse (NZ). [15x 90cm green bamboo stakes, $7.28 – I got four sets of juggling sticks from 6 stakes, the remainder are going to be utilized in the garden] i feel it’s better to shop for the longer sticks and move size, because the longer ones tend to be thicker. I’d say 8-12mm thickness is best. Some people prefer dowelling as you’ll get a more uniform thickness and therefore the sticks are going to be perfectly straight. which will put the value up. you’ll use wood, metal, plastic, etc – if you’ve something suitable lying around, test it out and see how it goes. My handsticks are 36cm long, the throwing stick is about 48cm long. you’ll make them any size to suit. Thicker, heavier sticks will move more slowly (great for beginners).

Grip – Recycled inner tubes from bicycles – in New Zealand, you’ll attend any cycle shop and ask them for old inner tubes they not want, they’re usually happy to urge obviate it.. 3 long thin strips about 10mm wide and a minimum of 1m length, and a couple of short wide piecesabout 210 x 100mm.

Insulation or electrical tape (colours are purely for aesthetics – the rasta yellow/red/green is popular)
Staple gunand staples (or tacks)

2: Attach the Grip

Use the staple gun (or hammer and tack) to connect one among the long thin strips of grip to the top of 1 of the handsticks (see picture).

Do not attach it too on the brink of the sting of the rubber piece, as you’ll be pulling it tightly and you do not want it to tug out from under the staple.

Use the hammer as necessary to make sure the staple is secure.

3: Wrapping the Grip

Stretching the tube tightly, wrap the grip round the end of the stick once, then change the angle to form diagonal stripes all down the stick. With children, this is often most easily done if an adult holds the rubber taut while the kid turns the stick. it’s important that the rubber is stretched, or it’ll slip from the stick and not proved the grip necessary for juggling.

When you reach the top of the stick, wrap the rubber round the end once, then change direction again and travel copy the stick, the new stripes will make a criss-cross pattern. within the last photo, you’ll see yellow between the rubber – this is often duraseal (cover seal) – I cut a strip about 4cm wide and stuck it to the stick before wrapping the grip around it. The hand sticks of the yellow set are wrapped differently – just leaving no gaps and overlapping the tube as you wrap it. This uses more tubing, and is only for aesthetics – it makes no difference to the performance of the sticks.

When you reach the highest again, provides it a final wrap around and staple securely.

Cut the surplus tubing off, but not too on the brink of the staple (when the strain is released, the rubber might slip through the staple if it’s cut too close).

4: Finishing the Handsticks

Cover the staple using electrical tape. Stretch it slightly as you wrap to make sure it stays on (loose tape will come off more easily).

Do an equivalent to the opposite end if you would like . Use as many colors as you wish – I’ve just used one red strip here. In other photos you’ll see I’ve used blue, and a mixture of yellow-white-yellow.

Repeat steps 2 and three for the second handstick, and apply tape to match (or not, your choice).


5: Wrapping the Throwing Stick

Because we are putting tassels or flowers on the ends of the throwing stick, we do not got to wrap it all the thanks to the top . Start about 20mm or 30mm from the top of the stick and wrap during a similar thanks to the handsticks.

Prepare the tassels by cutting strips half way into the larger pieces of rubber as shown within the photo. The more strips there are, and therefore the thicker the rubber used for this part, the more air resistance are going to be produced and therefore the slower the stick will spin (use thick rubber and cut thin strips for beginners, lighter-weight rubber and thicker strips for a faster spin. The pros tend to use sticks with no tassels, and sometimes a throwing stick that’s tapered to a narrow point within the middle with thicker ends, which spin really fast).

Attach the solid a part of the rubber to the persist with two staples, again not too on the brink of the sting of the rubber.

Wrap it tightly round the stick. If children are making the sticks, this is often the part where adults may have to step in, as children might not have the strength in their hands and fingers to tug it tight enough. If it’s loose, it’ll take off the top of the stick while you play.

Staple closed and wrap with tape, then do an equivalent at the opposite end.

6: Find the Balance Point

The finishing touches:

Balance the throwing stick on one finger to seek out the balance point (should be near the centre of the stick). If you wish , you’ll mark now with a bit of tape. This helps as a visible reference when playing and learning tricks.

You can also put alittle elastic band (or a cross section of alittle tire) around each end of the throwing stick. That way, when you are not playing, you’ll keep all three sticks securely together in one place.

How to use juggling sticks

Kneel with the devil stick standing upright. Using just your hands, toss it back and forth in order that rock bottom end of the devil stick doesn’t leave the ground . Keep your hands an honest distance apart in order that the devilstick is nearly touching the bottom before it’s caught. Now use the handsticks in situ of your hands. Catch the devil stick on your handstick 3 quarters of the high and throw it to the opposite handstick (while still keeping rock bottom of the stick firmly on the ground). you ought to be allowing the devil stick with rest gently on each handstick, such as you are throwing and catching the devil stick, instead of hitting it left and right.

Gradually see if you’ll get the devil stick with lift a touch off the bottom , by giving some rise also. It takes tons of practice, and you’ll find that after a couple of throws, the stick gets out of control:

If your handsticks are during a V shape, with the wide end nearest you, then the devil stick will come towards you

If your handsticks are during a V shape, with the wide end furthest away, then the devil stick will head faraway from you

You should now be ready to start from a kneeling position, and slowly get up whilst tapping the devil stick. attempt to keep the movement slow and even. If the pattern becomes fast, this might be because the handsticks are too on the brink of one another , or that you simply are hitting the devilstick rather than lifting it.

Horizontal Stick Tricks (aka box Tricks)
To get the devil stick horizontally onto your handsticks, there are two methods I use:

Place the devil stick on the bottom , then put your handsticks on top of it, and roll the devil stick toward yourself. Then quickly insert your handsticks beneath the devil stick and therefore the devil stick should roll on top. This works best on non-carpetted floors!)

From a traditional start where the devil stick is moving from handstick to handstick, you would like to throw the devil persist with a touch more force to your other hand, and this may offer you time to bring your handstick up and under the devil stick with catch it horizontally.

Straight Up You can throw it straight up within the air by raising both hands at an equivalent time with equal amounts of force . it’s easier to catch the horizontal devil stick on your two handsticks if they’re as far apart as possible because the catch becomes far more stable (see for yourself!)

180 Spin You can then try lifting one hand slightly above the opposite so as for the devil stick with perform a 180 degree spin within the air and be caught on the handsticks another time

360 Spin Try lifting your hand even higher and with a touch more force, if you’d just like the devil stick with do a 360 degree spin within the air and be caught again.

Pirouette Throw the devil stick up within the air and spin yourself round 360 degrees!
Toss and Cross When you throw the devil stick straight up, you’ll cross your arms over, and catch the devil stick again.

Arm Roll Roll the devil stick up your arm then back onto the handsticks!

Arm Roll to Behind Back Roll the devilstick up your arm, then duck your head and let the devilstick continue rolling. If you lean forward, you’ll let the devilstick roll slowly down your back, which provides you adequate time to invert your hands in order that they will catch the devilstick when it rolls to the bottom of your spine!

Behind the rear Catch Instead of rolling the devilstick to behind your back, you’re now getting to throw it thereto position! this may take a touch of practice, and it’s going to hurt as you are trying and quickly twist your arms into position. take care that the devilstick doesn’t come down onto your head! Up to yourself how you get out of this trick once you’ve got caught it behind the back!

Handstick Tricks When you throw the devil stick straight up, quickly spin both handsticks in your hand (or flourish or throw) before catching the devil stick once more .

Body Bounce Drop devilstick onto a foot and sit back up onto stick. If you kick it lightly within the centre, the devil stick will rise smoothly. If you kicked it slightly off centre, then you’ll perhaps catch on to try to to a flip before returning to the stick, otherwise you could indeed kick it up able to do all the vertical devil stick stuff! you’ll also bounce the devilstick off your knee, elbow, shoulder and head!

Spectac-U-Lar If you wear glasses, then move them slightly forward on your face, then roll the devilstick down your arms in order that it’ll come to rest on top of your specs! this is often an honest comedy trick.


Juggling sticks for sale

Mister M Ultimate Flowerstick Set
The Mister M Ultimate Flowerstick Set (about $25) is right for jugglers who want to practice on the go. The wands and baton collapse to suit in small bags or backpacks, but the rubber band wont to hold everything together is not durable.

Flames N Games Flash Pro
The Flames N Games Flash Pro (about $21) may be a durable design which will easily withstand daily practice. Its bright color gives it a definite look, and therefore the suede tassels won’t wear prematurely. confine mind that its slightly thin profile is a smaller amount friendly to beginners.

Higgins Brothers Flower Stick
The Higgins Brothers Flower Stick (around $35) is a superb choice for somebody just stepping into juggling. A thick bar allows for a slow performance speed, which is great for basic tricks, but hinders its ability to perform more advanced stunts.

Flames N Games Moonshine
The Flames N Games Moonshine (appx. $44) has the weird ability to glow within the dark, which makes it ideal for practicing and working at night. The baton’s interior is formed from solid ash, and both wooden and silicone hand sticks are included.

Jolly Lama Blue Majestix
The Jolly Lama Blue Majestix (about $40) are among the foremost popular selections within the juggling community. Their rubber coating provides a pleasant grip for amateurs, but their standard size and evenly distributed weight makes them even as useful for expert users.

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