How to Throw and Catch a Diabolo

Ever wanted to learn how to do one of those beginner tricks, the simple throw and catch?


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    Get it spinning. Make it spin really fast, so it will still be spinning when you catch it.
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    Roll the Diabolo to the left end of the string. You will have more control over the Diabolo when it is near one hand. However it will go higher if you throw it from the middle.
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    Rapidly pull the sticks apart. The speed with which you do this step controls the height of the throw. The relative heights of your left and right hand controls the path of the throw.
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    Get your sticks ready to catch. Put them where the diabolo will be falling. This is easier to do when the string is taunt; if it is loose you will not easily know where it is. Again it is easier to catch the diabolo near your hand; in this case it is easiest to catch it on the right end of the string. By throwing on the left and catching on the right, you can do this repeatedly and actually build up speed this way!
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    Catch it. Put your string underneath it, and absorb the "shock" by bringing the string down with it and moving the sticks closer together so it does not bounce off.


  • When learning the catch, it may be helpful to point the far tip of the "catching" stick at the falling Diabolo. This puts the taunt string in the proper position to make a good catch.


  • If you throw it too low, you won't have enough time to catch it or you will miss it! However, low throws are important for many tricks.
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  • If you throw it too high, it will either land on someone's head or someone's roof! But, you need to do a high throw if you want to do a pirouette.

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