Weird Science :: Drex's Poi Blog

Welcome to my tech poi blog! Here you'll find more than a year's worth of experiments in motion with a juggling and dance tool called poi. If you like what you see, I take requests for videos and always love to hear feedback. Please leave comments!

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Video Tech Blog #14: unit circle hybrid turns

I've spent most of the past week doing turning drills with unit circle hybrids, mapping out all four combinations of iso vs extension hybrids. Also--my hyperloops are still ugly, but I'm getting the exit on some of them now.

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Video Tech Blog #13: more 1.5 theory, buzzsaw flowers

I think I was mistaken on my categorization of the 1.5 pattern from last week--nonetheless here are some interesting patterns that came from it. Plus: more buzzsaw flower patterns--this time with hands going split-time opposites, more hybrid practice, and patterns with both hands doing trifoil flowers.

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Video Tech Blog #12: 1.5 theory, hybrid practice, buzzsaw flower inversion

The 1.5 pattern in Mireneye's video a few weeks ago gave me a devil of a time and now I think I know why--I think it's a different type of circle-pendulum combo. Here's some theory as to what I think the difference is as well as demonstrating the two in a variety of positions and a couple really odd patterns this experimentation led me to. Plus an update on the hybrid practice technique from last week and I start to play with inversions.

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Video Tech Blog #11: Buzzsaw flowers, hybrids, 1.5s

Playing around with asymmetrical buzzsaw flower variations, tips from Alien Jon on how to practice unit circle hybrids, and a 1.5 variation from Mireneye's recent tech poi vid.

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Video Tech Blog #10: Freespinning on the national mall

Last week I got a request from a guy who wanted to see me doing some actual spinning rather than just playing with concepts. Today was a bright and sunny day on the national mall, so I figured why not. Not a whole lot of really technical stuff here, but I had fun making it. Be back next week with more theory ;)

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Video Tech Blog #9: Hybrid, antispin flower, hyperloop

Working my way through the four basic isolation vs. extension patterns--cateye patterns to come next. Revisiting turning with the polyrhythm trifoil hybrid, antispin buzzsaw flowers/fountains, and some sloppy attempts at hyperloops.

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Video Tech Blog #8: 1.5s, antibrid/hybrid, atomic flower

Holy crap...lots of stuff in here. First off clarifying last week's theory on 1.5 butterfly patterns and extrapolating new transitions and patterns based upon it. Also--do butterfly 1.5s lead to horizontal cateyes? You decide. Transitions from cateye antibrids to cateye/extenstion hybrid, a couple of Mireneye's patterns from his latest vid, some atomic flowers, and a partridge in a pear tree. Sorry about the audio!

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Video Tech Blog #7: more pendulums, 1.5s, flowers

A butterfly flower stall I was shown a couple weeks ago, plus more variations on the butterfly 1.5s--including a vertical variant. Also some of the techniques I'm using to practice antispin flowers. If anybody has any better exercises, let me know.

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Video Tech Blog #6: Atomic fountain, trifoil flowers

A couple variations on trifoil flower hybrids--turning with them and a same direction version Lucas showed me this weekend. Also using the atomic weave as a fountain to draw a square in wall plane.

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Video Tech Blog #5: Atomic weaves, pendulums, flowers

Reverse atomic weave variation on the notcoleman3 and turning with it, a funky new pendulum idea, and turning with butterfly flowers. Simple yet pretty.

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