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Sticky Note Jumper

posted Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 11:06pm

This is part of a series of sticky note toys I created.  This is a jumper created with a 3x5 inch sticky note.  Push down the corners and watch it fly.

Finger Origami

posted Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 11:04pm

A little finger trick I learned in elementary school.

Juggling Ball - Color Change

posted Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 11:02pm

I was recently asked to do a performance using only blue juggling balls. Since I don't own any blue juggling balls, I figured out a way to cover the balls I do have with balloons. It's a simple variation on a method for making juggling balls using balloons. In the end, this saved me a lot of money. Juggling balls cost anywhere from $10 to $40 dollars a piece, so a request like this could have been very expensive. The covered balls perform quite well, even when bounced

Alaska Yo-Yo Four Tricks

posted Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 11:01pm

This post is to finish up the series on the Alaska Yo-Yo. When you watch the video, remember that the orbiters always go in opposite directions. The frame rate on the camera doesn't always capture this when viewing at odd angles. I am mostly self-taught and do not claim to have mastered this toy. If you want to learn from a pro, check out Chris Kiana and buy his book "100 Alaska Yoyo Stratagems"

Alaska Yo-Yo Basic Start

posted Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 10:59pm

In my last post, I showed you how to make an Alaska Yo-Yo. In this post, I show you how to use it. Figgy makes an appearance. It turns out he is as fascinated with Alaska Yo-Yo's as I am.

If you really want to master the Alaska Yo-Yo, check out Chris Kiana and buy his book "100 Alaska Yoyo Stratagems"

How to Make an Alaska Yo-yo

posted Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 10:58pm

I went to school at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I came across a really cool toy called an Alaska (or Eskimo) Yo-yo. I bought a traditional one made out of seal pelt. It is many years old now, so I decided to figure out a way to replace it. There aren't any seals in Minnesota, so I figured out how to make one using plastic bags, popcorn, rope, duct tap, and leather. If you've found a better construction method, please let me know.

In the next few videos I will show you how to use it

Quarters off the Elbows

posted Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 10:56pm

In this video I describe a method for catching one quarter off each elbow at the same time.  It's sort of a combination of the card on the forehead or the spoon on the nose trick.  By breathing on a quarter you can get it to stick to one elbow long enough for you to place another quarter on your other elbow. It's a little gross, but a nice variation on the quarter off the elbow trick.

In order to get the video angles right, I had to kneel on the floor, which brought me directly into Figgy's domain. He makes several appearances.

Quarters Off The Elbow

posted Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 10:54pm

I saw this on a Happy Day's episode once. I did this in a show many years ago and dropped all the quarters on the stage. This caused a mad rush of wild kids grappling for money. It was like reverse busking. I never performed it live again.

Cigarette Paper Pinwheel

posted Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 10:53pm

I went to a juggler's convention when I was a teenager. Someone showed me how to spin a cigarette paper on my finger tip. This is one of those things that I've always marveled at. It's really simple and surprising.

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