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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #342: One handed triquetra vs pendulum

I first saw G do this trick a couple years ago at Burning Man and it turned out to be an essential element to getting another trick I'll be doing a tech blog on next week. This one turned out to be enough of a challenge to justify it's own tech blog, though, so enjoy! :)

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #341: Horizontal archer's weave

A nifty trick I picked up from a Coloradoan spinner as I hung out in LA after IgNight--basically taking the archer weave we all know and love and putting it into a horizontal context. As I've been playing around so much with atomics these past few months, I decided to see if I could make this arrangement work as an atomic weave and was delighted to see it was indeed possible. Try doing the full body tracer from shoulder to shoulder!

 

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #340: Body traced stall chasers

A fun trick that came out of one of Tim Goddard's recent videos--doing a bit of body tracing to connect the ends on a stall chaser. I spotted a kid at Freeform doing it and it jogged something in my memory. Here is not only how to do that trick, but another body tracer variant for it I came up with myself.

 

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #339: Atomic point iso combo

Another great bit of tech from Mireneye! I love the weird possibilities this kid finds--here we take a standard atomic weave and find that there's a moment in it where we can treat it like a point iso vs extension hybrid. The great thing about it is that it works on either side, so it's a great transition between 2D and 3D moves.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #338: Weave warping

Another cool idea Mireneye showed me at Firedrums: elongating the cross point of a weave to make it seem as though you are floating through the middle of the pattern. A slightly different version of this same pattern has what looks like a split-opposites antispin flower in the middle.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #338: Weave warping

Another cool idea Mireneye showed me at Firedrums: elongating the cross point of a weave to make it seem as though you are floating through the middle of the pattern. A slightly different version of this same pattern has what looks like a split-opposites antispin flower in the middle.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #337: Mireneye's funky point iso hybrid

One of my favorite parts of Firedrums was catching up with one of my very favorite spinners from back when I first got into tech: Mireneye from Sweden. Randomly one day he was playing around with a particular hybrid that utilized a point isolation and I suggested he try keeping his hands together during the pattern. Magic ensued and we also worked out a poi to hand relationship hybrid of the same type.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #336: Infinite folding lines (the other way!)

Following my video on infinite folding lines thanks to Keith Marshall's influence, Tim Goddard (Tim from Adelaide! ;) challenged me to learn the fold going the opposite direction. It's not terribly pretty, but here it is!

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #335: Plane bending gets weird

So here's an interesting thing you can do with plane bending: if you displace a 4-petal antispin flower in three dimensions such that it changes plane as it enters and exits a petal, you wind up creating an interesting illusion wherein from one perspective it continues to look like a 4-petal antispin flower but from another it looks like a 2-petal inspin flower. You can use this, then, to create patterns where you're not only spinning a different type of flower from a different perspective, but also a different timing and direction.

 

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #334: Contact Poi Folding Lines Drill

While spending time spinning with Keith Marshall, he strongly implored me to even out my contact tricks--practicing each roll and fold with each hand. He showed me a drill to work out folding lines with each hand, but I realized it only encompassed half a fold. This is my version of the same drill, including the line fold in each direction for each hand.

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