Devil Sticks

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A piece of oriental Juggling equipment consisting of two handsticks and a larger Devil-Stick. The fun comes in the form of keeping the Devil-Stick airbourne using a tick-tock motion with the handsticks whilst performing tricks such as propeller and helicopter spins.

It is probably best to begin learning with a Flower-Stick: a Devil-Stick with extra weighting at each end for balance and usually rubber grip on the stick itself. Begin with one end of the stick on the ground and push it from left to right. Don't hit it across to each side - instead try to catch it before pushing it back again with the handstick. Once you have found a good rhythm, it is easy to lift the stick and continue the motion in the air to the delight and admiration of your friends. It is worth reminding readers that this initial learning stage should never be attempted indoors in the proximity of valuable vases. Once a few tricks have been learnt, progress to a proper Devil-Stick with its intimidating lack of grip (this can be compensated slightly by having silicon coated handsticks as opposed to rubber ones). It may be harder, but if you can make this baby dance, you can start passing round a hat as you bask in the glory of your achievement.

Once this has been mastered, why not invest in a set that you can set fire to? And after that, run away to the circus!

Note: The Devil-Sticks are best enjoyed whilst chilling on the beach on a summer afternoon.

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