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Introduction

This page collects yo-yo tricks. Its aim is to give the reader a set of leads, when looking for information on certain tricks and techniques. It attempts to group tricks by style and technique. As many tricks fall into more than one of these groups, this is probably an impossible task. :-) There only are sections for the different kinds of tricks or techniques for Single A tricks. The same techniques often are used in other playing styles as well. A complete alphabetical list of all tricks described on yo-yo wiki can be found .

Some descriptions refer to certain mounts. A mount is a certain way the yo-yo and string are held. You may want to check out the mounts page to help you with mounts involved in some of the more technical tricks.

If you wish to perform tricks for an audience, be it for the kids in the neighborhood or on stage, you can find some basic advice in our page about Performing with a yo-yo.

For trick sites see the Online Community Page

How can you help

Feel free to add to this page whenever you come across something that is not yet here. If you do, please check out the guidelines at he bottom of this page.

If you have a question or problem with a trick, you can add your question directly on the trick page and also voice your request over at the Coffee Machine. If it gets answered, readers who have the same question afterwards, can benefit from the answer.

Basics

Setting up the yo-yo

  • Winding - The "trick" you will probably have to learn first.
  • String Tension - Tightening or loosening your string.

Basic Techniques

  • Throw Down - to let go of the yo-yo while forcefully uncurling ones arm in such a way that the yo-yo translates its gained linear momentum into rotational inertia.
  • Sleeper - First perform a throw down but let the yo-yo spin at the end of the string.
  • Breakaway - A sideways throw.
  • Forward Pass - Throwing the yo-yo forward. Elementary exercise, yet always a crowd pleaser.
  • Flying Saucer - A sideways throw that can tighten/loosen the string.
  • Binding - brings back an unresponsive yo-yo.
  • Fake Binds - A different way to bring your yo-yo back. Sometimes more effective than a normal bind.

Single A

Loops and Regenerations

A regeneration (or regen) is a yo-yo technique which 'regenerates' the spin of the yo-yo, so you can continue without needing to catch and throw the yo-yo again. The idea behind this is as old as Loop the Loop and Hop the Fence.

String Tricks

These tricks involve a yo-yo sitting on the string in holds called mounts. So called moves or transitions are used in string tricks to get from one mount into another.

Picture Tricks

These are basically string tricks, with the little distinction, that the yo-yo is usually not mounted anywhere, but just hangs on the end of the string, while the string is used to form a picture. A notable exception to the last sentence is Rock the Baby, where the yo-yo is part of the picture.


Grinds

These tricks involve the yo-yo coming in contact with the yo-yoer or other objects, usually rolling along them. Even though the very first grind, Walk the Dog, was conceived decades ago, the technique was only recently improved by players like Johnnie Delvalle.

  • Walk the Dog - The yo-yo "walks" in front of you. This was the first grind in yo-yo history.
  • Inner Ring Grind - The yo-yo hangs on to your fingertip.
  • Arm Grind - Grind the yoyo on your arm.
  • Finger Grind - Grind the yoyo on your finger.
  • Thumb grind - a trick where your thumb is in the yoyo and it spins on it

Slack String Tricks

While in the classic string trick, the string is kept taut, slack string tricks involve a portion of the string to be left slack. Variants include whips, where the yo-yo is lassooed using a sling of string, lacerations, where a loop of string is slung around the yo-yo onto a finger, in order to get into a trapeze-like mount, and suicides, where a loop of string is dropped and later recaught. Some yo-yoing sites treat whips as a different trick category than slack tricks.

Two Handed Play

This style involves play with two yo-yos, one attached to each hand.

Counterweight

The yo-yo is not tied to your throw hand, but to a small counterweight which is usually a single die or rubber ball. This is also called "Free hand"

Off String

A playing style, where the yo-yo is not fixed at the end of the string, allowing for diabolo-like tricks. Please read our introduction to off string yo-yoing here.


Exotic Stuff

There are a lot of ways of playing with a yo-yo. You can see some examples on our Styles Of Play page.

  • Washing Machine - The loop that usually goes on the yo-yo is untied to do offstring style tricks
  • Hoophla - The yoyo spins around in the slipknot in a infinite loop
  • Moebicide - Suicide manuever while the yoyo is in the slipknot loop, done no handed.
  • Inivisi-whip - Skyrocket type of trick directly into the slipknot to mount in the air and recatch to the hand
  • Flytrap - Cross genre type of trick where the purpose is to catch the open slipknot loop back to the fingers.

Trick Description Guidelines

  • Please list your trick on this page with * '''[[TrickName]]''' - YourDescriptionHere. Simply follow the template given by what others have done before.
  • To mark a page as a Trick page, please add the tag [[Category:Tricks]] at the top of the page. This makes the page findable under Category:Tricks. See the Bind page for an example.
  • When adding a trick description, use a version of the trick that is standard for a yo-yo association (e.g. the AYYA) if possible.
  • The trick pages should contain a description of the trick. This can be
  • If you post a link to a video, please also write a few comments about it. If you learned a trick from the video, please comment about what portions of the description you had problems with, in order to clarify the subject for other learners.
  • The same rules as for any other pages apply. No copyrighted material, no scans of diagrams from books, etc.
  • Do not post tricks you have only just invented, post them on forums first to get feedback and to check whether anyone else has done it before.yoyos r cool
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