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Topic: Devil stick's sticks
Message: Posted by: Budihaha (Nov 18, 2005 11:05PM)
I purchase a devil stick about 1 month ago and start practicing.
The sticks are coated with rubber tubes.
Right now the rubber tubes are becoming longer than the wood stick, about 1/4 inch at each ends. What should I do? Should I cut the excess or not?

Thanks in advance!


Budi Ha Ha
Message: Posted by: Roslyn (Nov 19, 2005 05:48AM)
Hi Budi

I would suggest ditching the rubber coated sticks and getting yourself a pair of silicone coated sticks. 2mm sticks are better, but 1mm still works well.

They aren't overly expensive and you'll find you have more control over the devil stick.

Just a thought, hope this helps.



Who did the charicature of you on your website? Its really cool!!
Message: Posted by: itshim (Nov 21, 2005 04:25PM)
I totally agree with Roslyn.

I would also add that the clear silicon sticks appear to be the best but are harder to obtain. The rubber sticks get extremely shiny and virtually useless. Why make life hard for yourself?

Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Nov 21, 2005 05:23PM)
Budi ha ha
There are a lot of toy devil sticks on the market that are both too short, with tassels on the ends to really slow you down, and I'm afraid that is what you have bought. Professional silicon coated hand sticks, with the teflon coated devil stick will last for years, and they come in glow in the dark, covered with spakles, light on fire, and in every color of the rainbow. You can buy the real thing and only spending around $40 american dollars.
Message: Posted by: Budihaha (Nov 23, 2005 09:52PM)
Thanks Roslyn, Nigel & Al!

I bought my devil stick in Singapore from Cirque De Soile (sp?) booth, when they performed in Singapore. We don't have juggling shop in Indonesia.

The tassels is from rubber also. Well, maybe this isn't the pro one, but I think it's enough for now. OK, I still can't make helicopter or propeller move, but I can make half spin & full circle toss. :)

What do you mean with silicon stick? Are they from solid silicon or wood stick covered with silicon tubes? How about make a wood stick and cover it with silicon tube which is actually silicon hose? :)
And what kind of devil stick is accepted as a pro devil stick?

Thanks in advance!

Budi Ha Ha (still learning)

ps: Thanks Ros! The caricature is made by my friend, here in Indonesia. I think it is very common for ventriloquists to have caricature of s/he with their figures.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Nov 23, 2005 10:21PM)
Budi ha ha
You can buy good devil sticks from the US at http://www.yoyoguy.com or http://www.dube.com they both make high quality devil sticks, and they will ship them world wide. You don't have to settle for poop.
Message: Posted by: Budihaha (Nov 25, 2005 04:05AM)
Thanks Al,

I will think about it.


Budi Ha Ha
Message: Posted by: itshim (Nov 25, 2005 10:30AM)
Another good source for devil sticks is [url]www.butterfingers.co.uk[/url] As you will see from this or other sites the devil stick they seel as a pro device is tapered and covered wood. The stick you have sounds like a flower stick (tassles on the end) and has both advantages and disadvantages over the regular devil stick. Firstly there is weight and speed of spin. Secondly there is the look and finally there is the length of stick.

If you are primarily interested in a flower stick then Stixguru is the best of the videos around.

To answer your other question, handsticks are all wooden sticks covered with something, whether it is the rubber I despise, silicon or even cloth or tape. There are advantages for most different types of cover apart from rubber (well it is cheap for the manufacturer to produce but not beneficial to the user).

Message: Posted by: Roslyn (Nov 25, 2005 03:49PM)
Hi Bud,

I'd say anything made by Henrys or Babache is probably a good place to start. If you're after something fun (once you've done loads more practice) then check out http://www.fyrefli.com these toys are really cool!

Message: Posted by: JoeJoe (Nov 25, 2005 04:03PM)
I make my sticks myself, covering wood dowels with either rubber or friction tape. They need retaping from time to time, so there is some maintence. I perfer them to silicon because the wood makes more noise, a ratty-tap-tap-tap thingie. They are harder to work. I think theres a video of me doing the sticks at my site.

If I were you, I'd cut the excess. Eventually they will wear out, you should be able to get some rubber tape at a hardware store if you don't want to buy a new set ... rubber tape is normally pretty cheap.

Message: Posted by: Budihaha (Nov 27, 2005 04:45AM)
Thanks Nigel, Roslyn & JoeJoe!
Now I have more knowledge about devil stick & flower stick.

Yes, I think mine are flower stick and not the pro one. But it is very easy, because it's spin very slow. So I got convidence to try several movements.

Is it hard to learn propeller or helicopter move using this one?
Am I better to buy a new pro devil stick soon or wait until this one wear out?
Can this one made me have some bad habbit while devil sticking?


Budi Ha Ha (still learning)
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Nov 27, 2005 09:14AM)
If you learn on a toy, when you buy the real thing you will have to learn everything all over. When I hand my real devil stick to a hobbiest he instantly finds out he can't handle the speed nor controle the real thing. Trust me there is a reason why the pro's insist on silicon and teflon, and ALL good devil sticks make noise.
Message: Posted by: Budihaha (Nov 28, 2005 03:32AM)
Thanks Al!

Hmm, I think I should buy a new one!


Budi Ha Ha
Message: Posted by: John C (Feb 28, 2009 01:42PM)
How about devilsticks.org are those good?

Message: Posted by: Pokie-Poke (Mar 1, 2009 06:00PM)
Propeller spins will be easer with a flower stick, Hellocopter spins will be harder. if you are having fun then it is the right prop. if not, get a new one.
not to sway you but I hate flower sticks.