Mauro says about himself to be methodical. He is working on creating his own style by exploring numeorology and experiencing all the possibilities that the devilstick offers.
Name: Mauro Troncoso
Place of living: Regio Bio-Bio
School: Student of Philosophy at the University of Concepcion
How many years have you been juggling with devilsticks?
Around 3-4 years
The number of devilsticks you have:
At this moment I only have 2, due to lack of resources
Your juggling achievements (prize / performance / trick that you are most proud of / etc.): I had some presentations in varieties and conventions. I do not dedicate much to compete with the devilstick, but my biggest achievement is the release of 3 devilsticks.
Other types of juggling equipment you play with:
Now I am exploring with clubs and balls.
Are you a member of any team/group/club/association:
I am part of a juggling organization called Lumiére Malabar, where we dedicate ourselves to making inter-regional meetings for jugglers from different parts of the country.
Why did you choose this juggling tool?
I think I chose the devilStick because of its wide versatility of movements.
Where did you learn to play with devilsticks?
In my school, one day, a close friend had a devilstick in his hands and I asked him to teach me and ... paff! That's where everything began.
Which trick did you find the most difficult to learn?
Definitely the Albert.
What are you practicing at the moments?
Now I'm exploring some numerology - the one I use the most is 423 - in addition to practicing some sequences mixed with antispin and tricks with different juggling props.
Do you have tricks that you invented?
Most of the tricks that I like to practice I invented or I think I did, hahaha.
What are your favorite tricks?
I like a lot the variations of the 423 but in fact I like all the possibilities that the devilstick gives.
What is the most difficult trick you can do?
I would not know how to define my most difficult tricks but I prefer to leave it to the audience to decide.
What is the most difficult trick that you would like to learn?
I think the fish tail and its variations with twrows.
In what style do you play and what other styles do you like?
I think I'm trying to create my own style of play since I noticed that most devilstick users play in very similar ways, and there is a tendency to copy one style or another.
Do you play with firestick?
I have played with firesticks but they are not my favorites.
What do you do in a normal day, how many hours do you practice?
In the mornings I go to my classes at the university, I do some sports (basketball), and then I meet with my friends and we train juggling, our practices last around 2 hours.
Where do you practice?
The university is the meeting point of our friends, so most of the time we practice there. When I'm not there, I practice in my room.
Do you perform with devilsticks? How do you create your show?
My show is a mix of several types of tricks and movements with the controll of the time and the rhythms of the music.
Do you teach juggling?
I made a workshop but I do not teach tricks or things like that. What I like to teach are numerology principles and/or movement structures.
Why do you like devilsticks?
I like the devilstick because it does not follow the regular pattern of juggling toys. It is not just dedicated to throwing, and it can be mixed with the movements of other toys.
How is the juggling life in Chile? Are devilsticks popular?
I think that Chile is one of the countries in South America where devilsticking has the most popularity, but there are not many devilstick users in my city.
What is your goal related to devilsticks? What is a challenge for you?
I think every trick is a constant challenge, and the devilstick helps me to propose new goals every day.
How do you imagine yourself when you are old? Will you still juggle?
I hope my body will help me to be able to juggle when I will be old.
Can you imagine not juggling devilsticks anymore?
In the case of not juggling, I imagine that I would be a rather insipid human being.
Who do you recommend devilsticks for?
It is recommended for everything! From distracting your mind a bit, to creating a workout routine, or you can see the devilstick game as a sport as well.
What do you advise to beginner/advanced devilstick players?
NEVER STOP PLAYING.