Video Previews of the Top

These are very short: only 5 seconds long. If you don't know how to play them, see the instructions at the bottom of the page.

Here is a video of the top spinning.

Here is a video of the top slowing down, wobbling and stopping.

Following are some pictures of top trails. I used a felt-tip marker in the top instead of a pencil so it would show up better in the pictures, although pencil trails are actually more intricate.








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If you have a fast internet connection, you should be able to simply point and click to play the short MPEG movie. If the picture is halting the first time through, click play on your media player and it ought to play smoothly the second time.

You will almost certainly have to hit play a second time if you have a dial-up internet connection. If you still can't get it to run smoothly, you will have to right-click, then "save file as..." or something similar to that. Take note of where you are saving it. They are short and highly compressed, so they won't take long to load. Even with a fast connection, save the file like that if the picture is jerky. To play the file, find it and double-click on it. It will play in the default media player.