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Lou Hilario
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I've started to try balancing a mop pole on my chin to start with. I'm having very slow progress. All I know is keep an eye at the end of the pole and move slightly to balance it. The most I can do is 10 seconds.
Can anyone advice me on the right way to learn this? Is it just keep on doing it till you get it? Or should I start with a lighter object like an ostrich feather or a balloon?
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Lou Hilario
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I just discovered the best way to start learning this is with a newspaper folded to make a long cone. Then you can progress to heavier objects. I am getting the knack of this. It does take time, discipline and lots of patience. Good indoor excercise too.
Does anyone remember the magician who does it with a newspaper cone (or tissue paper) and burning it while balancing it on his chin?
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Al Angello
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Lou
If you persist at it you should be able to balance a spoon on your nose soon.
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Roslyn
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Peacock feathers are also great for beginners looking to learn balancing.
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One Man
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Heavier on top helps....and the only real secret is practice. An early book I read suggested using a wooden stick that you cut progressively shorter as your skills improve. My problem is there was already too much schtick in my show!
fingerflinger
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Focus your attention on the top of the balanced item. As it starts to tip and fall one way or the other, make some minor corrections. A longer pole is easier to learn to balance then a shorter object. I first learned with a devil stick, and them learned to balance a juggling club.
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