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June 6, 2013 9:45 PM   Subscribe

I'm kind of the yo-yo dork master of my circle of friends and I'd say about 95% of what that kid did is really fucking hard and crazy to think he strung all those tricks together flawlessly. Incredible.
posted by mathowie at 9:49 PM on June 6, 2013 [5 favorites]

The slowdown and stutter finale at about 2:40 is what really pushed this over the edge for me. Unbelievable!
posted by lazaruslong at 9:54 PM on June 6, 2013

What kind of tool does he have in his non-throwing hand? It looks like a bit of custom made stainless spindle or hook to allow him to do really small radius loops with the string, etc.
posted by MikeWarot at 9:54 PM on June 6, 2013

How often are you required to pull the yo-yo back in to show that it's just sleeping? Or would those tricks be impossible if the yo-yo was just inert at the end of the string?

Amazing choreography and artistry in any case.
posted by jiawen at 10:01 PM on June 6, 2013

Man, doping has just ruined this sport.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 10:09 PM on June 6, 2013 [15 favorites]

I too am a yoyo dork and that kid does indeed destroy.
posted by unSane at 10:12 PM on June 6, 2013

That's amazing. Still, what if you take the yo-yo off the string ...
posted by zanni at 10:46 PM on June 6, 2013 [2 favorites]

WHAT! HOLY SHIT BALLS! AMAZING! I was once a big yo-yo dork but this is another level.

Also, dude, the jumping is totally unnecessary. You are good enough to not need any additional choreography. Just yo, yo.
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:09 PM on June 6, 2013

Or would those tricks be impossible if the yo-yo was just inert at the end of the string?

Most of them require the yo-yo to be spinning, or else it wouldn't move along the string. Though, with yo-yos as advanced as they are these days, getting indefinite sleeping is not as hard as nailing all those targets, at least imo.
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:15 PM on June 6, 2013

Holy cow.
posted by rtha at 11:31 PM on June 6, 2013

One of the sponsors is "Sturm Panzer"?
posted by dubold at 1:28 AM on June 7, 2013

dubold: "One of the sponsors is "Sturm Panzer"?"
posted by brokkr at 2:58 AM on June 7, 2013

Wow. I'm usually not interested in YoYo stuff, but this was amazing. Also, his big grins at the end of each sequence were really infectious.
posted by metaBugs at 3:10 AM on June 7, 2013

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Well dang...I was looking forward to watching this.
posted by Benway at 4:49 AM on June 7, 2013 [1 favorite]

The mastery was too extreme.

You were not ready.
posted by Sebmojo at 4:57 AM on June 7, 2013 [1 favorite]

If anyone has alternative url for the same video, I can switch it out.
posted by taz at 5:10 AM on June 7, 2013

YoYo mastery

Am I the only person who, at first glance, thought this would be a cello performance?
posted by Ice Cream Socialist at 5:31 AM on June 7, 2013 [5 favorites]

Alternate 1:
Alternate 2:

Oh wait... not what you meant.
posted by Nanukthedog at 5:39 AM on June 7, 2013 mirror of original video
posted by spartacusroosevelt at 6:36 AM on June 7, 2013

Excellent; switched. Thank you, spartacusroosevelt!
posted by taz at 7:08 AM on June 7, 2013

Is Japanese culture becoming more publicly effusive? (Or is it an incorrect stereotype that they're usually more reserved?)
posted by mwachs at 7:21 AM on June 7, 2013

I was a yoyo competitor back in the '70s - when the most advanced piece of equipment was a Duncan butterfly. Things have certainly changed, apparently. One question: how does he get a yoyo to sleep that forcefully and long without burning through the string?
posted by Benny Andajetz at 7:23 AM on June 7, 2013 [1 favorite]

I misread this as YOLO, but clicked on it anyway even while I was thinking "Oh good lord please not more YOLO... why did I click on that". So it turns out that two wrongs (or errors) really do make a right. Ace video ;)
posted by samworm at 8:46 AM on June 7, 2013

I've got a Yomega Dash right here. It's more yoyo than I can handle. It's impossible to not sleep it. It's actually difficult to wake.
posted by rlk at 1:25 PM on June 7, 2013

Old (assed)skool yo-yo dork here.

How much does that thing weigh, for it to have such rotational inertia?

I think the thing on his hand is a bartenders glove, a one finger glove used for twist opening beers. That would let you be bold in your stringwork without fear of stringburn.

mwachs, That's a stereotype. My years in Japan taught me that they are socially reserved for but can whip out that geek grin like anyone else In The Zone.

posted by djrock3k at 3:40 PM on June 7, 2013

That was indeed awesome. For showmanship, though, I've always liked Hiroyuki Suzuki, who displays two rather different versions of showmanship in these two 1A World Championship-winning routines:

2005 -
2012 -

I like the 2005 one in particular because even though he appears to make a couple of mistakes along the way, he still pulls ridiculous tricks out of those moments within a split second. Now that takes some situational awareness.
posted by sappidus at 7:35 PM on June 7, 2013

Perhaps he and Don Petit can invent some new zero-g yoyo tricks.
posted by autopilot at 9:44 PM on June 7, 2013

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