1 / 7. Helicopter

Below you will find our step-by-step GIF series, and at the bottom of the page our Tutorial video

1. STARTING POSITION

2. Tilting on the ground (Tic-Tac)

Stand the flowerstick in front of you and support it on both sides with the handsticks at the top.

Tilt the flowerstick: Touching at the top and tilt it low! Let your hands bounce! Keep your wrist limber and don’t hit the flowerstick, but rather guide it with the handsticks.

3. Lifting (standing up with it)

4. Tilting in the air

While tilting, raise your hands and try to do – the same as before – in the air. Stand up while playing.

Continue tilting in the air and play closer to the centre of the flowerstick. This way it will make its movement slower and more predictable.

5. Spinning in the air

When you’re able to play nicely and slowly in the air, use one of the handstick to push the flower stick away from you and the other to pull it back towards you.

1. STARTING POSITION

Stand the flowerstick in front of you and support it on both sides with the handsticks at the top.

2. Tilting on the ground (Tic-Tac)

Tilt the flowerstick: Touching at the top and tilt it low! Let your hands bounce! Keep your wrist limber and don’t hit the flowerstick, but rather guide it with the handsticks.

3.Lifting (standing up with it)

While tilting, raise your hands and try to do – the same as before – in the air. Stand up while playing.

4. Tilting in the air

Continue tilting in the air and play closer to the centre of the flowerstick. This way it will make its movement slower and more predictable.

5. Spinning in the air

When you’re able to play nicely and slowly in the air, use one of the handstick to push the flower stick away from you and the other to pull it back towards you.

1# Tutorialvideo - Helicopter

About the Helicopter

The most important moves of the game: to stop and spin the flowerstick in the air. First, squatting on the ground, you tilt the flowerstick left to right/right to left between the two handsticks, and then, when you can do this confidently, you stand up and do the same in the air. When you are confident enough to do this, you spin it with the 2 handsticks, and it will fly like a helicopter 🙂

Common mistakes

  • Not playing at the top of the stick: At the beginning, you are pushing the top of the stick, but later you are trying to tilt it from the middle. This way, it’s more like pushing, but then it will become a scramble.

  • You don’t let the flower stick go deep enough, neither when playing on the ground nor in the air.

  • Your hands are not bouncing enough. The handsticks are not following the movement of the stick, but rather you are hitting the flowerstick with them.

  • You are not playing at the end of the stick: when you are playing on the ground, the handstick is still correctly touching the top of the stick, but when you stand up, you are touching the middle of the flower stick (instead of the top). This way, the flowerstick will not tilt down properly.

  • The handsticks are facing down while you play so, the stick keeps moving forward, and after a few moves, it will fall down in front of you. The handsticks should point up a little, rather than have the ends facing down. It is a common mistake to have the handsticks in a good (upright) position at the starting position, but when you stand up, you are no longer paying attention and the handsticks are facing downward.

  • You’re going too fast. You’re starting to rush, and you’re just hitting the sticks back and forth.

  • You do it too slowly and the flowerstick keeps falling to the ground between the handsticks.

  • You want too much too soon. Until you can’t get the tilting right on the ground, even by raising your hands, even in the air it won’t work. Until it doesn’t move nicely, slowly and continuously in the air, even if you push and pull, the flowerstick won’t start doing the helicopter nicely. You might be able to learn the helicopter beautifully in 10 minutes if you went step by step, but since you want to spin it like a pro in the first minute, you probably won’t be able to do it even after 1 hour, and you’ll give it up because of lack of success…

IMPORTANT

Always hold the handsticks by their ends. It is advised to hold them here, even for the younger ones, because if you grab them closer to the middle, there won’t be enough playing surface for the flowerstick and it will fall down very often. Also, if you don’t grab the handsticks at the ends, your wrist will not be loose enough for you to play. The same applies to all the other tricks. There are some “advanced” tricks for which it is specifically recommended to hold the handstick elsewhere, but don’t worry about that for now.

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Additional - recommended - tricks

If you’re already good at this trick, or just want to practice something else, try the following tricks

2. One-handed spin
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One of the basic moves of the game: Spinning the flowerstick in the air with a handstick. Doing a few hoops is not difficult at all, yet spectacular.

3. Bicycle
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With two handsticks, you roll the flowerstick in front of you as if you were riding a bicycle. It’s not a difficult trick, but to incorporate it into your game (combine it with other tricks), you need to know more tricks.

4. Throwing
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One of the most spectacular elements of the game, but to really impress your audience (and yourself), it’s important that you can do the Helicopter and the One-Handed spin with confidence.

5. Foot-Game
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The first steps of the trick are not difficult. Feel free to start your flowerstick learning right here. But to make it a spectacular part of your game, you’ll need to know more tricks (especially the Helicopter and the One-Handed spin).

2. One-handed spin
Flowerstick-devilstick-trick-tutorial-onehandspinning-mainGIF.2-small

One of the basic moves of the game: Spinning the flowerstick in the air with a handstick. Doing a few hoops is not difficult at all, yet spectacular.

3. Bicycle
flowerstick-devilstick-trick-tutorial-bicycle-main-gif-small.3

With two handsticks, you roll the flowerstick in front of you as if you were riding a bicycle. It’s not a difficult trick, but to incorporate it into your game (combine it with other tricks), you need to know more tricks.

4. Throwing
Flowerstick-devilstick-trick-tutorial-throw-mainGIF-small.1

One of the most spectacular elements of the game, but to really impress your audience (and yourself), it’s important that you can do the Helicopter and the One-Handed spin with confidence.

5. Foot-Game
Flowerstick-devilstick-trick-tutorial-footgame-mainGIF-small.3

The first steps of the trick are not difficult. Feel free to start your flowerstick learning right here. But to make it a spectacular part of your game, you’ll need to know more tricks (especially the Helicopter and the One-Handed spin).