I love this trick. Absolutely love it.
When I first started playing yo-yo, back in 1995, the first yo-yo player I met was Dale Oliver. And Dale gave me two pieces of advice that have always stuck in my head.
1. “If you want to be a real yo-yo player, you’re going to have to get good at two-handed looping tricks.”
Ha ha ha ha…..how about I just make up my own style, get real good at that, and you can jam your 2A right up your arse? (I actually said that, exactly, to him much later and he laughed and admitted he hadn’t called that one.)
2. If you want to be a real yo-yo professional, you should learn how to snap-start a yo-yo. It looks cool, which is great, but mostly it’s going to save you a helluva lot of time when you’re teaching a class of 50+ kids how to play for the first time.”
Dale totally called this one right, and I remember the first time I did a big teaching session after I learned how to properly snap start. I’m pretty sure it cut out 3/4 of my winding time and I was able to get a LOT further in teaching the kids actual tricks and maintenance.
So the moral of this story is twofold:
1. Learn how to snap-start a yo-yo.
2. Dale Oliver is full of shit about 50% of the time.
Song is “Open And Shut” by Dillinger Four. They appear courtesy of No Idea Records.
Yo-yo used is the Die-Nasty by YoYo Factory.