Ever watch a team creep and wonder how they know where to move for the billions of different combinations? Read on for the magic trick!
Magic Line Trick
To understand the most efficient move between two formations, mentally craft an imaginary line between the centers of the Point and the Tail. By seeing this path, you can correctly move between any two given formations. Once you have this line, adhere to the rules listed here, and you will seem like an engineering genius.
How to see this “invisible” line
You can see this line by visualizing it, looking at diagrams, drawing it on a screen, using paper dolls, or by creeping with your team. No matter how you are attempting to see the magic line, impose that make-believe string between the point and tail in the first formation.
Super cheater hint: You can set up on a straight-line crack in the creeper pad to literally see it. Or get some tape and make a line!
Rule 1: Pont and tail can slide
The first rule is that the Point and Tail can slide along the line. Their belly buttons never move off this line, but they can move toward and away from each other all they want. By doing this they can go from long formations to short formations while creating the perfect amount of space for the centers.
Rule 2: Point and tail can rotate
The second rule is that the Point and Tail can rotate. Their center point remains on the line, but they can turn any direction between formations.
Rule 3: Centers fit the middle
Now that the two outside flyers have moved to the next shape while staying on their line, the two centers fill the gap in between with any amount of rotation and translation required. This movement all happens at the same time with practice and results in super-efficient movements.
Most continuities have a crosshair in the background. This symbol can help you apply the magic trick! Check out the star and the sidebody in the continuity shots below.
Notice how the line stays through the red and yellow center points? That is the line between the point and tail!
By imagining this helpful line while prepping and flying, you can always nail the most efficient build. Happy creeping and happy jumping!
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