The newest episode of my PopCast yo-yo vlog is all about Skin The Gerbil. Skin The Gerbil is one of my most popular tricks, so I’m really excited to dedicate an entire episode to it. I talk about how the trick got its odd name, what is “alpha style”, and more yo-yo history. I hope you enjoy it!
Huge shout out to Clifton B. for editing this video, Noel von Joo for shooting it, an dall of my Patreon sponsors for making it possible.
Over the weekend, I was inducted into the National Yo-Yo Hall of Fame! What an honor to be featured amongst so many other influential yo-yoers! I really appreciate it! Shout out to my fellow 2021 Hall of Fame inductees; Valerie Oliver and Andre Boulay.
Lil Beeb‘s are a wooden counterweights that are great for beginner freehand players. They are easy to install, durable, an ideal weight, and made in America. To use a Lil Beeb, simply open up your finger loop, slide the Beeb inside, then tighten the loop back up.
I’ve just added a new shirt to my Threadless shop. This awesome design was illustrated by Ben Passmore and is based on my “Do Something Cool” video on TikTok. Ben and I are donating our portion of proceeds of this shirt to The Bail Project.
People always ask what my opinion of these Threadless shirts are, so I’ll just say that I love them. I’m a big fan. The prints are high quality and I love their “premium” tees the best. They are twice the cost, but holy crap are they comfortable. I have a lot more yo-yo designs over on my Threadless shop too, so check them out here.
This is a fun episode of PopCast where I hang out with Simply Mike, who does a yo-yo show called The Definitive Yoyo. Mike and talk about a newer trick called Eeby Deeby, which is inspired by my old Gondola trick. We also share some tips on Gondola too. I hope you enjoy!
Like I said, this video is pretty much just the two of us hanging out and chatting. If you’d like a shorter tutorial for Eeby Deeby, check out this video:
Connor Scholten, a yo-yo historian, recently asked me about the origin of the term “Alpha Style”, which I used to describe tricks like The Matrix and Skin The Gerbil. Here is my response:
As far as the terms go, I know I really loved the Matrix around that time, so I think Alpha and Beta just sounded techie to me. My trick “The Matrix” was maybe the first time I started thinking of the concept of what elements can be linked together and what can’t, so that kind of goes to prove that whole “this term sounds computery” origin story.
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Some elements of yo-yo tricks can be linked together to form a single fluid chain of movement. This means allowing the movements of one element to carry momentum and flow into the next element without any pauses or redirections. This style of yo-yoing is called Alpha style. However, not all elements can be linked together. Some elements may necessitate a pause or a change in direction, which would bring the Alpha flow to an end. Some elements may require a pause or change in direction which would end the Alpha flow. The point between two elements that requires the yo-yo to change direction is called a Beta move.
The Matrix (seen above) can be put together almost entirely in Alpha Style, but Skin The Gerbil (below) is constructed of both Alpha and Beta moves.
Here’s a new trick tutorial for one of my favorite tricks of 2021… which was actually inspired by one of Kota’s tricks in the early 2000s. The trick is called the PopGun Whip and I think it’s totally learnable by most players. I’m hearing a lot of great feedback from folks who enjoyed the tutorial. You can watch it here:
Shout out to my Patreon sponsors who helped me find a name for this trick as part of my monthly Name-This-Trick Contest. Congrats to EFF.n YOYO for suggesting the winning name.