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How to Do Yo-Yo Tricks

Venturer Alex Curfman, now 20, is a yo-yo expert. He practices 10 or more hours a week and has excelled at tournaments. At the 2009 World Yo-Yo Championships, he broke the record for the longest Shoot the Moon, a complicated looping trick.

Here are some step-by-step instructions from Alex on how to do five yo-yo tricks. Take a look, and then check out the July 2011 issue of Boys’ Life magazine to find out more.


1. Hold the yo-yo in your hand, palm up, with the string wrapping over the top of the yo-yo.

2. Bend your elbow with the yo-yo near your ear, elbow pointing forward.

3. Unbend your arm and roll the yo-yo off the tips of your fingers. Snapping your wrist creates more spin.

4. Let the yo-yo reach the end of the string and pause for a few seconds, then with a tug, return the yo-yo to your hand.


1. Throw a sleeper. With your opposite hand, pinch the string midway down the string and raise your opposite hand.

2. Pinch the string with your throw hand a few inches above the yo-yo.

3. Bring your throw hand back above your opposite hand, spreading the fingers of your opposite hand to form a triangle with the string.

4. Swing the yo-yo back and forth inside the triangle.


1. Hold the yo-yo the same way you would to perform a sleeper, but point your elbow to the side of your body.

2. Throw the yo-yo straight out to the side.

3. Let the yo-yo swing down in front of your body and up to the opposite shoulder.

4. Return the yo-yo to your hand.


1. Throw a sleeper.

2. Place your opposite index finger against the string between you and the string.

3. Push your index finger away from you while you move your throw hand between you and your other hand.

4. Bring your throw hand under and then in front of the yo-yo, threading the string into the gap of the yo-yo.

5. Perform a somersault with the yo-yo by pushing your throw hand into the strings and pulling down with your opposite hand. Repeat three or more times.

6. Return the yo-yo to a sleeper, then back to your hand.


1. Throw a breakaway.

2. As the yo-yo passes in front of your body, place your opposite index finger on top of the string as close to the yo-yo as possible.

3. Allow the yo-yo to loop around your finger and land on the string underneath it.

5. Pull your extended finger out of the string and return the yo-yo to your hand.

Comments about “How to Do Yo-Yo Tricks”

  1. critical says:

    to hard do some easier

  2. mario says:

    cool yo yo

  3. Rexis says:

    Wow with the capital wow!

  4. Extermin4tor58 says:

    The best yo yo to use is dark magic 2 its awesome

  5. DeltaForce says:

    wat kind of yoyos bro

  6. indyfreac says:

    I gotta yomega brain and a Duncan butterfly. hey do you have to buy a special yoyo to do sleepers? cause mine don’t do it

  7. marxo says:

    We all at one point thought they were hard. But with practice you will be getting all these tricks easy after a month you will be amazed. Learn to bind before you do these or you’ll be winding it every throw.

  8. yoyoer says:

    i can do all those tricks

  9. peanut says:

    those tricks are easy

  10. Cowboy says:


  11. Stooky says:

    I have 5 yomega yo-yos and I can do trapeze, double trapeze, brain twister, boing boing, hot potato, and I can also do three yo-yo tricks that I made up, they’re called static, switchninja, and bolas.

  12. tjhamand says:

    it was awesome

  13. scoz says:

    I like all the tricks except my own.

  14. bb says:

    i dont care about yoyos im just looking for pedro

  15. fireson15 says:


  16. ryan says:

    its the best yo yo trick ever

  17. godlover11202 says:

    i have a butterfly yoyo by duncan,the one i got 2 years ago sleeped all the time… new one will not SLEEP!!!!!! WHY??????

  18. ys says:

    I have some yomega yoyos and I know brain twister,trapeze,and lotes more tricks but you are probably beter than me, but I practice every day for 1hour.

  19. lol says:

    they r so hard lol lol lol lol lol lol

  20. hi wasup says:

    i have a cheap toy yoyo so it dosent work :C

  21. Elltito says:

    thanks for telling me how to do the brain twister

  22. LOL GIRL says:


  23. Yo Mama says:

    i can’t do that i dont no why!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >:(

  24. gkilla8000 says:

    wow bro

  25. bob says:

    easiest tricks ever i learned these when i was 6

  26. boyscout lvr says:

    super COOL!

  27. hey :) says:

    for all those that say trapeze is way to hard it is (in my opinion) the hardest trick here but it just takes practise (even i get it maybe 1 out of 10 times) and for all those saying easy well these are supposed to be easy

  28. CubScout20 says:

    awsome!!! cool! I like it :)

  29. skunktank says:

    now where is my yo-yo?

  30. gio9boy says:

    all of the tricks are easy especially the trapeze

  31. yoyo master says:

    that’s so easy I can do all of them in my sleep.

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  34. daslazy says:

    to hard… TO HARD!!!

  35. daslazy says:

    way to hard i tried 100 times trapeze is way to hard

  36. daslazy says:

    most of the tricks are easy except the trapeze i tried like 100 times and the trapeze is way to hard

  37. theFman says:

    the trapeze is super hard

  38. beef says:

    I got this rielly cheep yoyo that lights up and it broke right away!(even when I just did rockaby baby)

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