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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.


SLEEPER

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.


ROCK THE BABY

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.


BREAKAWAY

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.


BRAIN TWISTER

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.


Trapeze

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.

126 Comments on How to Do Yo-Yo Tricks

  1. metaldrifter // October 6, 2011 at 12:05 am // Reply

    duncan metal drifter does not even do the trapeze.

  2. I WISH I HAD A SLEEPER YOYO!

  3. why does my yoyo come up even when i dont tug it up

  4. That is cool, I wish I could do that.

  5. If the yoyo isnt more than $15.00, then dont buy it. Those cheapo yoyos cant even do the simplest sleeper.

  6. To: everyone that cant do even a sleeper.

    Dont get yoyos from wallgreens! Get a duncan metal drifter or a dark magic 2 or any other butterfly yoyos that has metal things on the side.

  7. I just bought a Duncan ProYo. Works great for a begginer like me!

  8. I use a yomega saber raider

  9. I once got a yoyo from wall greens and it did not work at all

  10. My favorite yoyo is the yomega brain it works so well

  11. i konw how to do all of them ther 2 esey

  12. i can do that p.s sonic boom Yo-Yos are the best!!!

  13. easy

  14. M*A*S*H4077 // August 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm // Reply

    haha! this dude goes to my church! he taght me how to do some of that stuff personally last summer!

  15. duncanyoyokid // August 7, 2011 at 10:40 am // Reply

    im practiceing looping with a peter fish dominater yoyo

  16. He should go on AGT!

  17. GROOVY

  18. thepainguin // July 28, 2011 at 9:51 am // Reply

    how does the yoyo come back up even though it looks like it stopped spinning? i did that and it wouldnt come back up it was stopped

  19. I LOVE YO-YOS!

  20. CRAZY DUDE // July 17, 2011 at 9:47 am // Reply

    Is there any place where you can get a yo-yo???? Please someone answer!!!!!!!

    • I have been throwing yoyo’s since I was a cub (a very long time ago now). The best places to get yoyo’s is online, you have to wait to get it in the mail, but it’s worth it. The best starter yoyo I can think of is a “YOYOfactory velocity.” With it’s adjustable gap, you will go from up and down to spinning “brain twisters” and “buddah’s revenge” like a pro with some practice. Start out with the sleeper, getting it to sleep for 30-60 seconds and you can do nearly any trick.

      • EdGrimly // July 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm //

        Major Tip: But a Yoyo with a ball bearing or some sort of floating axle system. Expect to pay over $7 for anything. The cheepo Duncan ($3) or dollar store Yoyos do NOT work well and you WILL be frustrated. Plan on spending $20 or more and you will be set and hooked for LIFE.
        Personally I love the Custom brand Axl or Chain Reactor Yoyos. They are lifetime Yoyos unless someone steals yours…

      • duncanyoyokid // August 7, 2011 at 10:43 am //

        no the BEST beginner yoyo is a duncan avenger you can get one for 10.00 dollars

    • duncanyoyokid // August 7, 2011 at 10:38 am // Reply

      you can get a yoyo at toys r us

    • cool

    • Thanks guys,but I’m finaly getting a DUNCAN YO-YO off the internet called the FLYING SQUIRREL,it’s a BALL-BEARING AXLE YO-YO for only $10.95

      • gallifrey2000 // March 2, 2014 at 5:45 pm //

        dude, the duncan yo-yos are only good if they are over, like, $40 dollars. Get C3, yoyofactory, or yoyojam stuff. wait to get better yo-yos until you advance

  21. it all started when we had a program at school for a guy called dazzling dave i bought a yo yo from him a few months later we had to move so we put stuff in storage a litte bit later i was digging around and found it i messed with it for a little bit and i was hooked

  22. im a yo yo pro thats a piece of cake

  23. Where do you get the yo yo at?

    • You can get a yoyo at a lot of places. The yoyos I have gotten were from wallgreens (those yoyos are not very good) but I got the Duncan Metal Drifter from Toys R Us, and it is a very good and responsive yoyo, and it also sleeps alot longer. I got it for $25.99.

  24. I haven’t tryed it so tomorow I’m gonna get a yo-yo and try it

  25. i think i need a better yoyo to do all those tricks.XD with a better yoyo those tricks would be a piece of cake (>’o’)>

  26. he’s cool!!!!!!!!!

  27. Where did you get the yo yo?

    • I dont know much about the yoyo he uses, but the best one I found is the Duncan Metal Drifter. Its for sale at Toys R Us.

  28. yo yo king // June 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm // Reply

    those trics are so easy

  29. boooo!!!!! i cant do this!!!! >:(

  30. Nice he’s pretty good. I learned those tricks earlier and this helped clear them up, especially brain twister. Moving on to stuff like split the atom now. Maybe post video on atomic bomb (barrel rolls) that’d be cool.

  31. where dues he get those yo-yo’s?

  32. That is cool

  33. They take a bit of practice but get easier after you try them for a bit.

  34. yoyomaster // June 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm // Reply

    100% Awesomeness

  35. i am a yoyo fanatic who lives in california. i use a yoyofactory northstar, skyline, die nasty, popstar, and genesis. my favorite thing to do is freestyle from white buddah. i will be bridging to boyscouts in a couple months. i like your 3a!

  36. I cant do the sleeper!

  37. boyslife rocks // June 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm // Reply

    wow i have never seen tricks like that before

  38. i cant yoyo at all so these videos seem even cooler

  39. i can do those tricks easy

  40. Sweet, I too yoyo profesionally, and it’s great to see yoyoing geting this kind of coverage.

  41. i love doing these tricks on a yo yo

  42. den7leader // June 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm // Reply

    That was really cool…..I loved watching the vidoes with my son!

  43. that was awsome!

  44. best yo-yo tricks!

  45. auqaubreather // June 18, 2011 at 8:32 pm // Reply

    wow that dude has talent.I’m gonna be just like him unless I don’t get my eye poked out by the yo-yo.

  46. your worst nightmare // June 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm // Reply

    how come i can not do that?

  47. ducttapeboy // June 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm // Reply

    cool

  48. cool

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