Bamboo Stick Thing?

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Postby Dan Trommater » 01/14/06 01:35 PM

Please forgive the sketchy details...

I remember seeing someone (Norm Neilsen?) perform a beautiful routine with a bunch of sticks (maybe bamboo) held together with string. He formed different shapes with it, much like a troublewit. What is this thing called? Where can I learn more about it?

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Postby Guest » 01/14/06 04:35 PM

Originally posted by Dan Trommater:
Please forgive the sketchy details...

I remember seeing someone (Norm Neilsen?) perform a beautiful routine with a bunch of sticks (maybe bamboo) held together with string. He formed different shapes with it, much like a troublewit. What is this thing called? Where can I learn more about it?

Thanks!
I remember this as well. It was available from dealers back in the late '70's. I think the first person I saw with one was Rich Marrotta, or maybe Martin Lewis, not sure. The item came from Japan, if I recall correctly, and it was like a Troublewit, but seemed to hold up better, and offered different types of figures, etc. I'd like to know more about this too - anyone?

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Postby Pete Biro » 01/14/06 04:46 PM

It may be a classic Japanese item. I was on a show in Tokyo and a group of Japanese men in "Happy Suits" did this all in unison.
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 01/14/06 05:15 PM

I believe it's called a Tamasudare, which is a Japanese window blind or mat, but it can be formed into various shapes. Martin Lewis has a wonderful piece using this item. I have no idea where you might find anything on it, but Google might be a start, if I have the name correct.

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Postby Craig Matsuoka » 01/14/06 06:11 PM

Google "Nankin-Tamasudare". It's not very well known in the west, so there aren't many opportunities to see it performed as stage entertainment.

Even here in Hawaii, where we have a large Japanese population, few are familiar with it. So, it'll be a bit of a treat for us when the Japan Nankin Tamasudare Association comes here in March for the annual "Honolulu Festival".

Here's a short clip of Mark Mitton's goofy presentation:

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Postby Pete Biro » 01/14/06 07:13 PM

I believe Mitton is a registered Silly Goose! Thankx
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Postby Guest » 12/04/07 03:29 AM

I live in Japan and get the Nankin-Tamasudare for you, however, they are pricey, depending on the quality. Since I don't check this blog often, PM me at mikeapplegate@hotmail.com if you're interested.
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Postby Guest » 12/15/07 01:08 AM

To anyone who emailed me about the Nankin Tamasudare, I need some time over the Xmas holidays to look around in Japan for some. They are not impossible to find, but not exactly overstocked either.
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Postby Guest » 12/15/07 01:42 AM

http://www.japandanceart.com/4/A8_1.htm

click on "bamboo magic" and see the amazing number of things you can do with this "prop"...

And while I haven't explored his site thoroughly, he evidently teaches how to make one.

Thank you for exposing us to this item!
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Postby Amos McCormick » 12/15/07 04:30 AM

Originally posted by castawaydave:
http://www.japandanceart.com/4/A8_1.htm

click on "bamboo magic" and see the amazing number of things you can do with this "prop"...

And while I haven't explored his site thoroughly, he evidently teaches how to make one.

Thank you for exposing us to this item!
I'm sure it's more effective when viewed live...
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Postby Guest » 12/15/07 05:00 AM

Wow! Amos, in Mississippi I thought the primary use of bamboo was for fishing poles! Here in Alabama we "jug fish". LOL

Good to see you up this early in the morning.

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