Diabolo - Tricks and Styles - Multiple Diabolos

Multiple Diabolos

Perhaps the most active area of development for diabolo performance involves tricks with more than one diabolo on a single string. When manipulating multiple diabolos "low", the diabolos orbit continuously on the string in a "shuffle." Shuffles are either synchronous (commonly referred to as "sync") or asynchronous ("async"), depending on whether the diaboloist's hands' movements occur simultaneously or not; shuffles may also be performed with only one hand.

Juggling multiple diabolos "high" involves continuously catching and throwing a number of diabolos, never with more than one diabolo on the string simultaneously. Diaboloists have pushed the number of diabolos juggled at once up to six "high" (although there is some controversy as to whether this counts as the number of catches achieved is so small) and four "low." Most diaboloists, however, stick to using only two or three diabolos at once. The introduction of multiple diabolos on a single string allows for many new moves. Many are applications of one-diabolo moves to multiple diabolos. The current world record for multiple "low" diabolos is 4 diabolos for 52 seconds.

Accelerations
The diabolos are accelerated while they wrap and the diaboloist's dominant hand is pulled up in order to gain speed. Doing a Chinese acceleration or shuffling the diabolos very quickly are two other methods of accelerating diabolos.
Hyperloop/sprinkler
The diabolos orbit each other inside a closed loop of string.
Columns/mini-columns
Two diabolos are bounced up and down on the string.
Siteswap
This is a notation borrowed from toss juggling in which the diabolos are thrown in different rhythms based on a numeric description. However, it uses a different system of numeric rhythms compared to toss juggling as diabolos uses one "hand" as string when toss juggling uses two hands to throw the object juggled.
Fan
Two diabolos are spun between the arms in a way which mimics the blades of a fan. While the diabolos rotate they do not switch positions on the string.
Sun
The diabolos are swung in a circle.
Suicide
Multiple-diabolo suicides are similar to one-diabolo suicides, but some tricks are not possible.
Knots
Multiple-diabolo knots are similar to one-diabolo knots, but both diabolos are wrapped up.
Stalls
This is where both diabolos are still spinning but not in shuffle. This allows the diaboloist to do a trick with the other.

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