About Slinky Josh
My name is Joshua Jacobs, and since 2016 I've been performing and teaching as Slinky Josh.
One of the questions I'm most often asked is, "How did you discover this was possible?"
In January of 2015, I was innocently scrolling through Facebook when I happened upon the following viral video, of a man whose name I would later learn to be WuQiang Wu (吴武强):
Like everyone who watched that video, I had never seen anything like it before in my life. It was psychedelic, it was magical, it seemed to defy the laws of physics. I briefly questioned if what I was seeing might be the work of some clever Hollywood CGI artist.
I knew that this was the next big thing. I had to figure out how to do it.
I quickly went on Amazon and paid $15 for the "magic spring" that looked most similar to the one being used in that video.
When it came in the mail, I eagerly opened it, played with it for a few minutes... and then set it on my shelf and forgot about it. It seemed too rigid, and I couldn't figure out how to even begin to make it move like the one in the video.
A few months later, I was strolling through the local grocery store when I had a thought to check the toy section. Lo and behold, they had a magic spring of very different dimensions to the one I had purchased on Amazon, so I bought it. It seemed more floppy and flexy, more... slinky.
A few days later, I left for Sonic Bloom, Colorado's big electronic music camping festival. I brought the spring with me.
On Saturday night of the festival, I started playing with the spring. I had a whole night ahead of me with nothing to do but enjoy myself and dance, so I took it with me and wore it as a bracelet.
I stayed up all night dancing, exploring the festival, and playing with the spring. By 6 AM, I had a very tenuous grasp on the tricks I now refer to as the "hand-to-hand transfer," and the "escalator."
But that was enough.
I could see the potential of the spring, and I now had proof that I could figure out its magic if I just practiced enough.
I started wearing it everywhere I went, and practicing every minute I could.
I was working as a budtender in a cannabis dispensary, and we had a lot of down time where I could "slink off". This was where I got most of my practice in the early days. Customers loved it, and luckily my boss tolerated it! (Thanks Carlyssa!)
In 2016 I launched my YouTube channel and started uploading slinky manipulation tutorials, since I just had to share this knowledge with the world!
When I wasn't practicing, I spent a lot of time combing the internet for as many different shapes and sizes of springs I could get my hands on, and trying to find the ideal size for manipulation. Some were too flimsy, without enough tension in the coils. Some were too small or too big to do the tricks I wanted to do with them.
Eventually, I found a supplier for the same exact magic spring used in the original video that inspired me to start this journey in the first place. Now I can offer them to you at the most affordable rate available, so that everyone can learn this magical new art.
Going forward, my mission is to spread the joy of slinky manipulation to people all around the globe, and to be the #1 source for magic springs in the Western world!
I'll be adding different sizes and varieties as time goes on, so be sure to subscribe to my email list to stay updated!
I want to see what YOU can do - join the Facebook group "Slinky Manipulators of Planet Earth" to post videos of your flow, ask questions, and connect with other slinky manipulators around the globe! And use #slinkymanipulation on Instagram!