This episode of PopCast is an in depth conversation with André Boulay from YoYoExpert.com. I asked André about how he got into yo-yoing, how the pandemic has affected the hobby, what it’s like switching from being a yo-yo pro to being a yo-yo store, and if we’ll ever see another Dark Magic.
PopCast is a crowd sponsored yo-yo show. Huge thanks to Taka, John Anderson, and the rest of my sponsors on Patreon.com/docpop Just a note, André is one of the sponsors of this show, but he had no say in any of the questions I asked or how it was edited. I just thought he’s a cool person with a rad yo-yo story.
I’m giving away The Dark Magic bootleg yo-yo that we show during the episode. This has been a coveted part of my collection for a while, but it seems like the perfect giveaway. Find out how to win it on my https://www.patreon.com/posts/54347772
This 45th episode of the PopCast Yo-Yo Vlog is a special one. It’s a chat with three yo-yo legends: Rick Wyatt, Mark Montgomery, and Coffin Nachtmahr. So sit back for a special hour long conversation with these influential yo-yoers. We talk about how they got into yo-yoing, their predictions for the future, the state of diversity in yo-yoing, and much more.
About the guests:
Rick Wyatt was a yo-yo pro during the big yo-yo boom in 1998. At one time he set a world “sleep” record of 13 minutes 5 seconds.
Mark Montgomery (aka Markmont.) has been a pro for most of the big yo-yo companies. Now mark has his own brand of yo-yos, string, skilltoys, and coffee. You can find his shop at https://www.markmont.shop/ or find him as @markmont on most social media sites including https://www.instagram.com/markmont/ and https://www.facebook.com/markmont
Coffin Nachtmahr is the founder of OhYesYo!, a yo-yo and art company. http://ohyesyo.com/ https://www.instagram.com/theohyesyo/
Doc Pop is a yo-yo pro, vlogger, and a recipient of the National Trick Innovator of the Year award. He sells yo-yos on http://doctorpopular.com/ and you can support this PopCast vlog on https://www.patreon.com/docpop
The Day Tripper is a new yo-yo I’m releasing this week with Zip Line Strings. To celebrate I wanted to share this recent Q & A video I did with Jeremy in his home studio. Thanks to everyone who contributed questions.
I’m still planning on releasing a new episode of PopCast that is all about “redirects” with modern responsive yo-yos, but there was an error with the footage I shot on Sunday, so I’ll have to reshoot it all sometime this week. I hope to have it up before the yo-yo launches. The Day Tripper will be available on DoctorPopular.com AND ZipLineStrings.com at 5pm PST this Friday, January 15th. Price will be $85 USD.
Patreon members, don’t forget to use your 10% discount code when checking out!
In this episode of PopCast, I chat with one of my oldest friends in the yo-yoing, Mark Montgomery. We’ve known each other for nearly 20 years and I always love hanging out with him and chatting about anything.
Big thanks to all of my Patreon sponsors for help making these shows possible. I’m hoping to grow my audience more, so if you like the work I’ve been doing, please help support the show on Patreon.com/docpop.
A few months ago I flew out to St. Louis to check out the United Yo-Yo Contest. While I was in town I got to hang out with Kyle Nations, one of my favorite modern responsive yo-yoers, and shoot a clip video of some of his rad tricks.
This is the first non-Doc Pop clip video I’ve made in a loooong time and I really love how it turned out. Kyle is using a Weekender Yo-Yo, which I sell on my site and is great for responsive yo-yoing.
If you’d like more goodies, check out this long interview I shot with Kyle too.
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.
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.
On July 5th 2016, Ernest Kahn and I launched a Kickstarter for the original Executive Yo-Yo, a highly enjoyable aluminum yo-yo that was small enough to fit in your coin pocket.
The original idea was inspired by a modded version of the Ace Yo-Yo by ProYo. The Ace was the perfect shape, but I never really loved the response and gap in it. I asked my friend Nick Corea if he could remove the center of the Ace with the center of a Bolt Yo-Yo (my favorite plastic yo-yo). The result was… sexy!
What I learned was a) small yo-yos could be more than just a novelty and b) I prefered the lighter feel. Most manufacturers had made an undersized yo-yo at some point or another, but they often felt the need to make up for size by increasing the weight. Despite being 20% smaller in size, some mini-yo-yos weighed 2 to 5 grams heavier than their full sized counterpart.
All of this was on my mind for years, so when I randomly bumped into Ernest on the street in San Francisco and we started talked about our dream yo-yos, it was the first thing that came to my mind. We both decided it would be awesome to do Kickstarters for our dream-yos and The Executive was born.
The name, The Executive, was inspired by a wave of cheesy “executive yo-yos” from back in the 70s (ebay link). I think the joke was that executives had way too much time on their hands, so they just played with fancy toys all day. So chrome plated yo-yos were created as gag gifts. The imagery really stuck with me, so I always imagined this mini yo-yo as something you’d find in a fancy box on some corporate bigwigs desk. Next to a Newton’s Cradle and some pics of their kids playing baseball.
I had done a few signature yo-yos with companies before, but never imagined manufacturing a run on my own. That’s were Ernest really took the lead. He put us in contact with the team at One Drop Design, a yo-yo manufacturer out of Eugene Oregon, and really got the ball running. Without Ernest, The Executive never would have been more than a pipe dream. He really had the vision to just make it happen, which I thought was really inspirational.
I took a train to Eugene to hang with the One Drop crew, and we made a few prototypes overnight. Here’s an interview I shot with Shawn Nelson at the time:
The Kickstarter was a huge success and we manufactured nearly 400 yo-yos. The Executive yo-yo was the 2nd highest yo-yo project in Kickstarter’s history and I’ve carried one with me nearly everyday since then. Despite the success, we never released a follow up batch.
My favorite aspect of the Executive yo-yo project was that it got me to start playing yo-yo again. I mean, I never stopped, but as yo-yos kept getting wider and wider (and pants getting skinnier and skinnier) I just didn’t carry around a yo-yo as much as I used to. Having a fun yo-yo that I could always have with me, pulled me back into the hobby!
Recently, I told Ernest that I wanted to start my own toys and games company, and that I wanted The Executive to be part of that. We decided to split up the colors, so we could each manufacture our own Executives. So if you missed the original release, I’m pleased to say we have a couple drops coming your way next week!
The first drop will be a small batch of nickel plated Executives on DoctorPopular.com on Tuesday January 23rd at noon pst. The second drop will be some gorgeous Executives in purple or orange on Ernest’s site, yoyosf.bigcartel.com, on January 26th at noon.
I’m so happy to finally be releasing more Executive Yo-Yos in the world, and can’t think of a better way to kick off Doc Pop Toys & Games!