giraffe dismounts

I was just wondering, what are some elegant ways to dismount a giraffe?
Seat-in-front and seat-in-back are even easier on a giraffe than standard
unicycle. So, how about something more challenging?

thanks, jeff lutkus


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RE: giraffe dismounts

> I was just wondering, what are some elegant ways to dismount a giraffe?
> Seat-in-front and seat-in-back are even easier on a giraffe than standard
> unicycle. So, how about something more challenging?

You must mean dismounting with the seat to the front or back, because riding
that way on a giraffe is definitely not easier! :slight_smile:

I generally use one of two dismounts in a show (6’). The first is when
volunteers have been used, and they are still on the stage, or when I’m working
with a partner. This is usually the end of the show, so some big trick has just
been accomplished (we hope). I shake hands either with my partner or with the
smallest child volunteer, and appear to be yanked off the unicycle and tumble to
the ground out of control. This is actually a normal forward dismount, flowing
“smoothly” into a pratfall that leaves me lying on my back or sitting on my butt
looking confused. But it happens suddenly, so the audience doesn’t really see my
feet come down solid before the rest happens. Always gets a good laugh.

The other method is the more technical (and challenging) one. Ride forward and
stop suddenly, popping the seat out in front of you. You actually stop before
the unicycle does, so you can get the seat out there. When done right, you
pause for a moment with the seat in front, you just standing on the pedals.
Then jump straight down, the unicycle not moving, to land behind or beside it.
Very visual.

Someday it would be nice to put up some video clips. I have the technology, and
most of the skills. Now I just need to discover the time…

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