Spintops are among the oldest toys ever discovered by archaeologists. A clay top unearthed in Iraq was dated to 35th century BC—nearly six thousand years ago. The wooden top below was carved circa 1300BC and later discovered in the tomb of King Tut!
We know that Thailand is more than betel nuts, themed restaurants, and night market. It’s also the home of some of the best spinning top enthusiasts in the world. In this two-minute video by Kuma Films, a group of spinning top masters from Taoyuan show us some awe-inspiring trick shots using the wooden children’s toys. The men launching the spinning tops up to 10ft and somehow landing them on tiny platforms where they carry on rotating. It also shows them spinning the toys through the air and easily landing them on someone’s up-turned palm and even on top of their head.
Thailand has vast tradition of spinning top competition. Watch as they land their tops on objects of every size or height with frightening accuracy. They are using long strings to make the tops spin. Their string-slinging abilities would even make Spider-Man blush. Make sure to stick around until the end, when one top makes a tightrope journey several feet, only to bounce into the air and pop a balloon on the way back down.
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