In this month’s PopCast I hang out with my by buddy Kyle Nations and discuss the fundamentals of responsive play with a freehand yo-yo. Since we recorded this video, I feel like I’ve come a long way in my responsive-freehand play.
Hey y’all, happy Monday! Here’s a new video to kick off your week, it features a move called “pop-out”, which is really simple and easy to throw in to just about any combo. Don’t forget to use #popcastyoyo if you share it on IG.
Due to popular request, I also added a review of the Sharper Image yo-yo, which uses a cheap plastic sleeve instead of a bearing and it’s… kind of great for responsive play. It reminds me of this recent thread on YoYoExpert.
I also talk about my biggest regret from 2018 and collabo goals for 2019. Thanks for all of your support!
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.
Another work in progress. Not quite sure what to do at that ending. pic.twitter.com/9WqzOvNFBe
— Doctor Popular (@DocPop) November 4, 2018
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.
There are lots of great responsive yo-yos out there, but I truly love the “Doc Pop” Legend Wing yo-yos available on my shop for just $14.
I’ve also shared an in depth interview with Ed Haponik about his @bandalores project on Instagram. Be sure to give them a follow!
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.
Sneak preview of the string:
This episode of PopCast was filmed at the California State Yo-Yo Contest. I had the chance to talk to Michael Ferdico, Bryan Figueroa, JD, and many more while I was there.
Last week I checked out the Cal State Yo-Yo Contest and chatted with lots of cool people. Most of this footage will be used for my next episode of PopCast, but I had some great interviews that I thought I’d release as standalone videos.
The first of these is a chat with JD Steel about the changes in the yo-yo industry and how YoYoBESTBUY will continue to evolve. Watch it here and help sponsor future episodes by support me on Patreon.