Yo-Yo Store Rewind just posted a bunch of short “combo videos” from the World Yo-Yo Contest in Reykjavik, Iceland. I was happy to find a couple of my yo-yo tricks made the cut, so I wanted to share them here.
The first combo starts off with a Magic Trapeze Mount, which is a ton of fun once you get the hang of it, and then goes into an alternate hand version of Branding.
The second combo is a fun new outer arm (or what I like to call “bendy”) mount and ends with a newer version of my old gyroscopic flip trick.
Both of my videos are really just about shorter concepts, but there are a bunch of great videos on Rewind’s channel, like this combo from Riccardo Fraolini.
I got into yo-yoing in early 1998, just before a massive yo-yo craze swept the world. For the next two years, there were contests in every major city, yo-yos in every corner store, and most schools had some sort of temporary ban on the toy. Since then I’ve seen several different toy fads come and go, including kendamas, hoverboards, tech decks, and razer scooters.
If it wasn’t for that first yo-yo fad, it’s hard to imagine how different my life would be today. I received a couple cool trophies (3rd place World Champ & National Trick Innovator being my two faves), became a regional manager of several yo-yo kiosks, and travelled around the country doing shows (eventually landing in San Francisco). Thanks to those opportunities, I’ve never liked to complaining about any of the other fads as they come and go. When you’ve had a career as a “professional yo-yoer”, it’s hard to imagine calling someone out on whatever weird hobby they happen to have. Fad or not.
It has, however, been interesting to see the yo-yo community react to the recent fidget spinner boom. I tend to think that the younger players, who weren’t around for the yo-yo fad and it’s eventual backlash, are quick to jump on the fidget spinner hate-train, while the older players are trying to figure out how to encourage fidgeters to cross over into other skill toys.
As an example, here’s a recent rant by Brandon Vu, who has a stellar series of yo-yo related videos:
Here’s a group of yo-yo and kendama players trying to seamlessly tie in a bunch of fidget spinner tricks into one of their videos:
And here’s Dylan Kowolski showing how to make the World’s Smallest Fidget Spinner using old yo-yo bearings:
And here’s me playing with some magnets… just for shiggles:
I went out to the California State Yo-Yo Contest in Oakland, CA last month. I don’t enter contests anymore, I just like to show up and hang out. I met some new folks and traded tricks with old friends. These were all shot on my Lomography LC-A+, my go to camera, with some of this wonderfully aged 35mm film.