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Can someone share a source for plate spinning, please? I am looking for the plate with the sticks that fit together for a hiher feat.
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The metal ones spin longer. The plastic ones are lighter in case an accident happens. Someone in this forum quit spinning pates because it hit a child in the face. The plastic ones will not spin as well outside because of the wind.
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On 2009-08-26 16:41, MikeHMagic wrote:
I am looking for the plate with the sticks that fit together for a hiher feat.
Thanks
Gus


Dube makes plates, and extension sticks which you can use to get quite high: http://www.dube.com/spinningplate/spinning-plates.php .

I haven't done it myself, but common sence suggests it is better to start with plastic, and only upgrading to aluminium later on when you are confident, since plastic is less likely to hurt someone if you have an accident.
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Who sells the extensions separately?
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Dube sells extension sticks seperatly, if you get interested enough to make an act I would think that you could easily make the stick the right size yourself, after all, they are only round 6mm sticks with a point on the end.
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While performing at a fair 3 weeks ago, one of my Dube extension sticks broke. I replaced it with dowel from a local hardware store, but it was much softer than the wood Dube uses, and eventually broke.
In another town, I went to the hardware store, and they too had the soft wood dowels. I asked if he had something of similiar size that wasn't wood, and he brings me a fiberglass pole used for fencing. It was about 4-5 long, and it's PERFECT! With a rubber mallet I was able to secure the coupling piece from the original extension stick to the fiberglass, very snug fit. It works awesome, very tall when combined with the Dube stick, and I don't think it'll ever break. Only thing is, you can only use it for extension, you can't (or atleast, I can't) spin a plate on it and move the tip to center of plate. Ofcourse you can resize it, saw it down to any size, but I like it as is.
I just purchased two more plates from Dube this week, and the sticks that come with it are now "extra" extension sticks if I ever need them.
You can also make your own coupler using copper pipe from plumbing dept. cut down to about 2.5-3 inches, and use a nail to hammer a dent into it while on the stick to secure it.
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If you choke up on your grip, you can indeed spin the plate and move the tip to the center of the plate. Or, if you don't try, eventually the fiberglass stick will center itself.

Hovey taught me to spin plates with melamine plates, bowls and platters from Chinese restaurant supply stores. Great training. I can spin anything. On a good day...

MikeHMagic: http://www.dube.com is what you want.
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On 2009-08-28 04:40, tomterm8 wrote:
Dube sells extension sticks seperatly, if you get interested enough to make an act I would think that you could easily make the stick the right size yourself, after all, they are only round 6mm sticks with a point on the end.

But I wanted the connection piece too. I just got finished ordering the sticks with the connection from Dube. In the future, if the sticks break, I will replace it by making them myself. Thanks.
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Thanks everyone for all the advice, gonna place an order soon!
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I just received my extensions with the connectors today. Good look'n out guys.

I have seen single plate spinning sticks only. Does anyone sell a stick with connectors that can lead to spin several plates the same time?
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I've just looked through my juggling catalogs, and I can't find anything like that. Lots of people hold more than one stick in their hand, I've seen someone spin 4 plates in one hand that way. Any more than that, and people go for a prop like this guy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afLq5dYFWK4 .
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I think Dynamike means this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRkZN27Hp_k

That is harder than it looks. And it's not exactly what you think. I only know one person who does this act, and she's Chinese. I don't think I've ever seen a western performer do it, now that I think about it...
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Sorry, guys. But I do not mean either of those ways listed above. Imagine the letter "Y" being three foot tall. Notice the two points at the top. Imagine each point being at least 24" apart (enough space to place a plate on each point.) The bottom of the letter "Y" is what you would hold with one hand as a plate is spinning on top of each point. Another way to look at it is to imagine the letter "I". In the side center of the "I" is a connector. The connector has a opening for a stick branched out pointing north, east, west and south. An 18" stick it put in each hole of the connector. At the outward end of each stick is an elbow. A stick can be place in each end of the elbow's holes facing up. That will leave 5 points for each of the 5 points to spin. The whole apparatus is held by the single stick in one hand at the base as each plate is placed on each each point and spun with the other hand. Another way to picture the apparatus is by imagining a 5 holder candle holder. Of course there will be several ways the apparatus can be made.

If the item I described above is not made yet, I should invent it myself.
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I think what Dynamike is asking for (a rig that holds 2 plates that are spun simultaneously) is probably impossible to make (due to physics). The solution to this is what Brian mentions above.

If you are talking about a rig that you would spin a plate on another stick and then place the plate onto the rig...I have seen such a creature as well as having several prototypes laying around my workshop.

You could also make a 3 stick rig that you can put into your mouth.

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Everyone and their brother does plate-on-a-stick...

Why doesn't anyone do the old school plate spinning like Maskelyne did and published in THE MODERN CONJURER by C. Lang Neil (available free at Learned Pig Project).

Here is a neat clip of Erich Brenn on the Ed Sullivan show doing both plate-on-a-stick and actual plate spinning. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhoos1oY404

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The people who do the 'old school plate spinning' don't need to advertise it too much. They're too busy working. I do see it now and then.

The height and perceived danger inherent in spinning a number of bowls or plates on sticks on a rig has gotten us more mileage from the audience than the spinning on the table, which we did practice, and can probably still do...let me go check.





Yup.


Ah, physics. A harsh mistress indeed when it comes to circus brainstorming...
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On 2009-09-07 21:55, One Man wrote:
I think what Dynamike is asking for (a rig that holds 2 plates that are spun simultaneously) is probably impossible to make (due to physics).

Yea, I am talking about that type of rig. It would be easy for me to spin a plate on each stick because I cheat on the start off spin. I start off my placing the center of the plate on the point at the beginning. With my hand over top of the plate, pushing down with a little pressure, as my fingers are stretched across the top, make the spin. Smile The will be no need to spin the rig or move the sticks around. Since the rig it still the whole time, I will be able to start off spinning another plate on the rig the same way.
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Got my stuff the other day from Dube, great stuff!
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I made a plate spinning stick for four plates from a cheap camera tripod and wooden dowel.
I removed the legs and top from the tripod and just used the folding bit in the middle, using it upside down.
I pushed a long dowel through the middle, and three shorter dowels to where the legs used to be. It has a point at the top to spin one plate then the other three around the outside at a lower level below.
A bit of spray paint and its looks great and folds shut.

I spin dube plates on it the way dynamike describes. Don't spin them too fast or they wobble each other off centre, but with a gentle spin they keep going for ages.

I use it for a combination trick where I spin the plates then balance it all on my chin, then hula-hoop, spin a ball on my finger and juggle a couple of rings with the other hand.



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I do not do much plate spinning. But I do use it to help out with marketing.
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