Types of Yo-Yo

The Yo-Yo is a deceptively simple toy that was around way before iPads, electronic games and many popular board games. Though often thought of as a child’s entertainment, there are also adults who enjoy learning yo-yo tricks. As you can see in this picture, there are a few types of yo-yo, each of which has its own unique abilities. The Modified version is good for tricks where you want the yo-yo to move rapidly up and down the string. The butterfly is good for string tricks where you might want to deliberately catch the yo-yo on the strings. The Imperial version is a good beginner’s version for just learning how to handle a yo-yo. Whichever version you choose, it’s a good toy for hours of entertaining fun.

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Basic Yo-Yo Tricks Demonstrated

Ever wonder how yo-yo enthusiasts do all those cool tricks? It can take quite a bit of practice to get some of the basic ones down. Keep it up, though. It’s good for coordination and you can impress all your friends when you finally figure it out.

History of the Yo-Yo

The earliest known version of the Yo-Yo dates back to 500 B.C. and was made using terra cotta skin disks. The Greeks certainly knew about this toy, with artifacts depicting boys using the yo-yo and records of versions made with wood, metal or fired clay. The fired clay version was used in Greek coming-of-age ceremonies in which the boy symbolically gave up the toys of youth by giving his yo-yo to the gods. The idea that this device was originally used as a weapon has been largely debunked by experts though this version of the yo-yo’s origin is still a part of popular mythology.

It migrated to the Philippines, where it acquired its modern name derived from the Tagalong word for “come-come” or “return.” The Filipinos added a new technique for attaching the string to the axle, making yo-yo tricks like “sleep” possible. The modern version of the yo-yo was first manufactured in 1928 by the Yo-Yo Manufacturing Company. It was a huge hit and the company expanded to include three companies producing 300,000 toys daily. Duncan Toys Company bought the Yo-Yo Manufacturing Company soon afterwards. Sales declined after World War II but surged again in the 1960s thanks to a publicity blitz. By then, Duncan was facing some competition and lost a court battle when an appeals court ruled that the term yo-yo had entered the public vernacular and could no longer be patented. The Duncan company was later sold and still manufactures yo-yos and other toys.

More recent innovations like the ball bearing and high-performance designs make new tricks, longer spins and easier returns possible. The original yo-yos are considered to be collectors’ items and there are still yo-yo tournaments worldwide.

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A Couple More Cool Yo-Yo Tricks

The Chinese Yo-Yo

Have you already gotten bored with the usual Yo-Yo? If so, this version gives enthusiasts a whole new challenge.