Judging from that picture. You know it's me. The revered philosopher with RPS - (red panda syndrome). Right you are, the obsession has yet to subside.
So what if I'm a Red Panda fanatic?
Live with it. :PP
Through this post, I will be imparting you the art of plate spinning.
And before you proceed.
Please read the following carefully.
THIS IS A HIGHLY CLASSIFIED PIECE OF INFORMATION KNOWN ONLY TO THE RINGMASTER AND CERTAIN QUALIFIED MEMBERS OF THE CIRCUS.
NO UNAUTHORIZED PERSONNEL BEYOND THIS POINT.
VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED.
:DD Just joking. I just find it amusing to tense up the atmosphere.
(Don't fret. I know. This version of Socrates is a wee-bit of a sadist.
But what is life without a little touch of sadism?:33)
Plate spinning is a fairly common circus manipulation art involving spinning plates/bowls and a long pole. It's basically a stripped down version of a gyroscope.
To the non-physics-geeks: Gyroscopes are devices which are mostly based on the principles of angular momentum, used to measuring or maintaining orientation. Below is a GIF of a rotating gyroscope.
The relation between the spinning plates and the weird looking perpetual motioning device is that the axis is always maintained. Gyroscopes can be used to construct gyrocompasses, which complement or replace magnetic compasses (in ships, aircraft and spacecraft, vehicles in general), to assist in stability (Hubble Space Telescope, bicycles, motorcycles, and ships) or be used as part of an inertial guidance system. Gyroscopic effects are used in tops, boomerangs, yo-yos, and Powerballs. Many other rotating devices, such as flywheels, behave in the manner of a gyroscope, although the gyroscopic effect is not being used.
When spinning the plates, you must first generate enough movement by the plates and ensure that your wrist is at the same pace as the plates. This part is slightly tough to master. But with practice, anyone can get a hang of it.
The next step, is the hardest.
After generating sufficient velocity, you will need to draw the pole, which was initially moving simultaneously with the plate clockwise or anticlockwise direction (depending on which direction you're spinning).
Okay. Put it into simpler words, it simply means that the pole is drawing circles at that point in time.
To allow the plate to spin on its own at a point, which is basically the whole idea of plate spinning, the pole must be drawn from the circumference of the plate to the exact center of the plate.
It's tough, not because it requires complex physic calculation or extreme precision or timing....
It's tough, because it requires faith.
A giant leap of faith.
Just like life.
Yes, this is where the serious/philosophical side of Socrates surfaces. Brace yourselves
To my beloved readers, I would like to make it clear from the start that faith guarantees success in life, not because it has that magic with it. It's because that leads to that enchantment:
Ever persisting and trying. No matter how many times you fail, have faith. Plant your feet firmly on the ground and rise.
With faith and perseverance, that's how you master the art of plate spinning. And subsequently...
The way of life.
Showing off my skills of plate spinning while signing off,