Cable Car (Teleférico)


Alternative content


With the top spinning on the throwing hand, place the string on the outside and maintain the tension with the non-throwing hand (at least separated by the width of the shoulders). Move the hand so the top leans towards the string. After the string catches the groove of the tip, give the spintop an impulse so it starts sliding on the string towards the other hand. Notice that the top is just leaning on the string with no wrap around the tip. Just before it reaches the non-throwing hand use that hand to put one wrap around the tip. The string catches the tip and wire-walks back to the throwing hand.

Advice: Start the slide with a smooth move of the throwing hand towards the center. Try different heights for the non-throwing hand. The higher it is the bigger the initial impulse needed for the top to slide on the string. You can also change the position of the other (throwing) hand at the time the backward walk begins. Adjust it so the string is more or less perpendicular to the top.

Notes: The string can be wrapped around the tip by going under or over the spintop. The first version seems to be more common but the difficulty is similar.
The trick can also be done almost vertical, which is impressive.

The top slides on the string while "grinding" (against the top rotation).

History/Etymology: This trick was (re?-) introduced to the U.S. spintop community in 2005 through the first Colombian video posted on this site (and I included it in my nats 05 freestyle). Gerardo Montero from Mexico tells me that he has been doing the trick since around 2000.

Both in Mexico and Colombia the trick is called "teleférico". The literal translation is "aerial tramway," of the type used in mountains; what the British call "cable car" (not the American "street tramway" meaning). The name is obviously very descriptive. An alternative name in Mexico is "escalera eléctrica".