Diabolos can be spun, thrown in the air and many tricks performed around the body.
History of the Diabolo
Diabolo was invented in China and was used to make a whistling sound for market holders to attract customers.
The story goes that it was brought back by Marco Polo. Because of it strange movement during the Spanish inquisition it was seen as the devils work and so the Spanish name diabolo.
It was a popular toy in France and England in The Victorian and Edwardian days, alongside its cousins the whipping top and yo yo.