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The Diabolo is a toy consisting of a spool which is whirled and tossed on a string tied to two sticks held one in each hand.

A huge variety of tricks are possible using the sticks, string and various body parts. Multiple diabolos can be spun on a single string.

Diabolos come in different shapes and materials. Large/heavier diabolos tend to retain their momentum for longer, whereas small/light diabolos can be thrown higher and are faster to get spinning quickly. Rubber diabolo's are less prone to breakage, metal diabolos can be set on fire.

Diabolo speak:

  • suicide - To temporarily let go of either or both sticks and then do a trick and catch them again.
  • grind - To balance the diabolo on a stick
  • Wip - A method to accelerate the diabolo
  • Sun - The diabolo is pushed round in a large circle.

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