Plate spinning

Plate spinning

stays upright while spinning. Spinning plates are sometimes gimmicked, to help keep the plates on the poles.

Many Chinese acrobatic troupes feature plate spinning usually combined with contortion or acrobatic skills. These usually feature performers holding several plates in each hand spinning on sticks.

Western plate spinning performers usually present comedy acts and typically feature one performer with an assistant, spinning multiple plates on sticks held vertically in stands.

Other forms of plate manipulation include plate waltzing, where plates are spun on their edges on a table top and plate juggling where plates are manipulated and thrown by the performers. Some performers have combined several of these elements into restaurant or kitchen themed acts. The unbroken world record for spinning multiple plates, verified as a Guinness World Record is held by David Spathaky, assisted by Debbie Woolley, who spun 108 plates simultaneously in Bangkok, Thailand on television in 1996. He had previously held and broken his own record four times since 1986.

In Popular Culture

The tune "Sabre Dance" is often played in the background. This was a popular act on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and other American variety and talent shows during the early years of American television. Tom Griswold, co-host of the Bob & Tom Show, a syndicated American comedy radio program, occasionally says he wishes he could see a plate spinner on TV again and wants to book one for his staff's annual Christmas party, which Chick McGee cites as further evidence that Griswold is out of touch with contemporary entertainment. In an episode of the "Simpsons", at the Springfield Retirement Castle talent show, one participant does a similar act, but uses the dentures of several of the residents. Plate spinning was often seen in HBO's prison drama "Oz", where an unnamed prisoner would often be seen spinning a book on the tip of a pen.

On British television the popular game show The Generation Game would regularly feature a plate spinner demonstrating his skills, then inviting the contestants to have a go - with smashing results. During the 1960's & 1970's Wolfgang Bartchelli popularised Plate Spinning in Europe & regularly appeared on television. During the late 1980's onwards plate spinner Andrew Van Buren regularly appeared & still can be seen presenting this format on game shows, on television & performing around the world.

External links

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* [ Video of David Spathaky current World Record Holder for multiple plate spinning]
* [ Televisions Plate spinner Andrew Van Buren]

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