We are still working on part two of the 48 Hour Yo-Yo Project documentary, but here is an excellent clip of Shawn (from One Drop) and myself talking about how yo-yo design and the current state of the Weekender project.
Speaking of the Weekender, I’ve shared a couple short yo-yo clips where I’m using a prototype. You can kind of get an idea of the sort of “modern responsive” play we are aiming for.
Last month I hopped on a train from San Francisco to Eugene, OR in order to spend a weekend with the One Drop crew. The goal was to design a brand new (and somewhat atypical) yo-yo. We ended up calling this the 48 Hour Yo-Yo Project and plan on making it an annual thing.
Thanks to the support of my backers on Patreon, I was able to hire my buddy Clifton B. to document this project along the way. I’m happy to share part one of The 48 Hour Yo-Yo Project:
IF you enjoy these videos, you can help support me on Patreon. This month I’ll be giving away one of the 48 Hr Yo-Yo prototypes to one of my Patreon backers, so don’t delay.
Modern Responsive yo-yo play is a new way to look at old school yo-yoing. Rather than focus on trying to see how much spin you can squeeze out of a fixed axle yo-yo, this new style focuses on balance, regenerations, and creative tricks you can do without the yo-yo even spinning. It’s like a cross between kendama, contact juggling, 1A, and 2A yoyoing. If you are interested in getting started, check out the newest episode of PopCast, which is a guide on many of these responsive trick concepts and combos.
I just added some new wooden yo-yos to my shop. These are fixed axle yo-yos made by YoYoFactory with an “A-Mazing” logo laser etched on the side. I really like using these yo-yos for responsive tricks, but they are fun to customize too. The unfinished wood really takes wood stain, ink, and/or watercoloring well.
The newest episode of PopCast is online and it’s a great one. In this PopCast vlog I focus on snap (or fingersnap) tricks, which is one of my favorite novelty concepts. Can’t wait to hear what y’all think about it. Thanks to all of my Patreon.com/docpop sponsors for making these shows possible and please share your snap tricks on Instagram with #popcastyoyo.
Oh, and don’t forget to check back September 7th at noon (PST) for the special release of the Saturday Night Market Executive yo-yos. Only 39 made.
Each month I do an exclusive yo-yo giveaway for Patreon/Popcast sponsors. This month’s yo-yo is a prototype VTWO yo-yo by One Drop. Yoyoexpert has a great write up of this yo-yo here. Big thanks to One Drop for donating this yo-yo to one of my Patreon sponsors and thanks to you for sponsoring the Popcast yo-yo vlog.
Any sponsor who is at the $2 or higher level on Patreon by September 1st will automatically be entered into the giveaway.
The newest PopCast video is up and filled with different Man on the Trapeze mounts you can throw into just about any side style combo. Regardless of your level, there’s something in this video for everyone.
I also talk about some recent yo-yos I gave away through Patreon and a new string project I’m working on. I hope you enjoy it, and remember to use #popcastyoyo for any tricks you share.
In his newest episode of Let’s Talk Yo-Yo, Nate reviews the Bolt Part 2. I love his description of it and how he picked up on all the subtle little details we threw into this yo-yo. You can pick up a Bolt Part 2 on my shop.
The newest episode of PopCast, my yo-yo vlog, is online now! I share a few tricks like Curling and Bermuda Triangle, unbox a new yo-yo from Big Bang Bandalores, and talk about one of the strangest yo-yo holsters I own; a carrying case for hand grenades. The video was edited on a flight to Belgrade and I think turned out great.