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March 19, 1963
. 1. T. HARRIS ’
Filed March 13, 1961
United States PatentO M C6
Patented Mar. 19, 1963
increases the enjoyment obtained by enhancing the com
petitive aspect of the game.
Fitted on to the extreme end of assembly 10, there are
Israel T. Harris, 304 Bayard St., Oceanside, N.Y.
provided a pair of ?nger grips 18, 20, having recessed
Filed Mar. 13, 1961, Ser. No. 95,265
2 Claims. (Cl. 273--1)
portions 22 adapted to receive the ?ngertip of the player.
The ?nger grips may be made of plastic and solvent or
heat-sealed, as appropriate, to the tubes. Lock nut mem
bers 26 and 28- frictionally engage tubes 12 and 14, re
spectively. The tubes are slitted at the end to permit de
This invention relates to an agility game or toy and,
in particular, to one which is adjustable to meet the re
quirements of the individual user.
Persons of all ages enjoy the challenge of an agility 10 formation by the nuts, thus providing clamping action
against the next innermost concentric tube.
testing device. It is not an uncommon sight_to see, for
Still other locking means may be employed; for exam
example, a boy balancing a broomstick on his ?ngertip.
ple, another method is shown in FIG. 5 wherein the tubes
However, it has been noted that the player quickly loses in
are provided with ridges adapted to be gripped by the in
terest in the balancing of a broomstick because of many
reasons: (1) difficulty, the broomstick not being-of pre 15 wardly deformed end of the surrounding tube. It will
be noted that the end of the tube is provided with a series
ferred form or weight for this purpose, and (2.) it‘ is not
of ?ngers 34 which engage the grooves 32.
competitive in that there is lack of means to equahze the
It is preferred that the ends of the tubes be ?ared (the
degree of skill required among players of different height.
inner tube outwardly and the outer tube inwardly) so as
As will be more fully disclosed hereinafter, the appa
ratus of this invention includes an adjustable height bal 20 to prevent an inner tube from pulling out of an outer tube.
The nested tubes, 12a, 14a- 16a, may frictionally en
ancing rod provided with suitable ?nger grips. By mak
gage one another, as shown in FIG. 6, and thus avoid the
ing the height adjustable, the rod may be adjusted to match
use of locking nuts.
the height of the player. Thus, the same device becomes
It is contemplated that a number of players equipped
suitable for use as in a competitive sport. Means are pro
vided to increase the degree of skill required for the han 25 with the devices of this invention would adjust the height to
dling of the device by the more skilled contestant.
say, nose-height of the individual player. This would
Accordingly, it is one object of this invention to provlde
a balancing toy which lends itself to a competitive game.
Further, it is another object of this invention to provide an
adjustable balancing toy.
place them on a more or less equal basis.
Each player
then proceeds to balance the device on his ?ngertip.
More complex variants of the game include the passing
30 of the pole from one hand to another.
It will be noted that the device is equipped with ?nger
18 and 20 on opposite ends of the device. This fea
twirlable balancing toy.
ture permits the device to be tossed upwardly and caught,
Still a different object of this invention is to provide a
by a skilled player, on its opposite end upon descending.
balancing toy having an increased means for varying the
degree of skill required in accordance with the height of 35 It has been pointed out earlier that it is desirable that
the lower member 12 be made of a ?exible plastic. This
the player.
permits a fully extended pole to oscillate slightly provid
Still another object of this invention is to provide an
ing a whipping motion. This places an additional handi
adjustable height balancing device.
cap on the taller player. Thus, when played by a parent
Still another ‘object of this invention is to provide a_
and child, the parent with the device in extended position
balancing toy having a ?exible member.
is further handicapped by the ?exibility of the lower mem
Still other objects and advantages of the present inven
Still another object of this invention is to provide a
tion will be, in part, obvious and will, in part, be pointed
ber, whereas the child, with a normally collapsed pole, is
out with particularity as the following description pro
ceeds taken in conjunction with the accompanying draw
not so handicapped.
While there has been disclosed the best embodiment of
the invention presently contemplated, it is to be under
45 stood that variations in design and substitution of materials
In the drawings:
may be made without departing from the spirit of the in
FIG. 1 is a perspective showing of the balancing device
‘of this invention.
What is claimed is:
FIG. 2 is a section taken along line 2»-2 of FIG. 1.
1. An adjustable height balancing rod toy adapted to
FIG. 3 is a section taken along line 3—3\ of FIG. 2.
50 be supported in a vertical position by the ?ngertip of a
FIG. 4 is a section taken along line 4-4 of FIG. 1.
player, said toy comprising:
FIGS. 5 and 6 show in perspective and partially sec
at least two concentric tubes adapted to be collapsed
tioned two embodiments of the balancing stick of this in
into one another, the outermost of said tubes having
vention employing alternative clamping means.
a larger diameter than the innermost of said tubes
Referring now to the drawings and in particular to FIG. 55
and the lengths of said tubes being substantially equal;
1, there is designated generally by the numeral 10, a bal
ancing stick of this invention. As shown, it comprises
three concentric nesting tubes, members 12, 14 and 16.
While three tubes, each about two feet long have been
found satisfactory, it is to be understood that a greater or
means on each of said tubes for frictionally engaging
the surface of the next adjacent tube with su?icient
friction to retain the length to which said tubes are
lesser number of tubes may be employed.
It is preferred that the tubes be made of a lightweight
plastic. For the smaller diameter tubes 14 and 16, poly
styrene and cellulose acetate have been found to be suit
able.‘ While polystyrene and cellulose acetate are like 65
wise suitable for tube 12, an interesting and highly de
sirable modi?cation of the apparatus is obtained if a ?ex_
ible plastic, such as polyethylene, is employed for tube
12. The use of a ?exible plastic for this tube increases
the degree of skill required by the taller player and hence 70
extended when in an untelescoped position, whereby
the overall length of said device is adjustable to any
length between a fully extended length and a fully
telescoped length equal to the length of a single one
of said tubes, said means comprising an enlargement
adjacent to the inter?tting ends of each of said tubes,
to positively prevent an inner tube from pulling out
of an outer tube;
and ?nger grips a?ixed to one end of the innermost and
the outermost of said tubes at opposite ends thereof,
said ?nger grips each being shaped with one face con
forming to the end of said tubes and the opposed
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
face having a concave recess contoured to receive the
?ngertip on which the balancing toy is to be supported
by said player.
2. The device of claim 1 wherein the outermost tube
is su?iciently ?exible to bend when supporting the, re
mainder of the rod in an inclined position and the re
maining tubes are su?iciently stiif to remain unbent when
the rod is inclined to the vertical.‘
Murphy ______________ __ Dec. 24, 1895
Southgate ____________ __ July 15, 1913
Tredwell ____________ __ Apr. 19, 1927
Schellhamer __________ __ Jan. 8, 1935
Parker _______________ _._ Aug. 2, 1949
Powell _______________ __ June 5, 1962
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