Hey all. Aside from my daughter’s dollar store special, I haven’t played with a yoyo since I was a youth and had a Duncan Butterfly. I learned the basic tricks such as rock the cradle, around the world, etc. I stopped there as I was more fascinated with juggling and my unicycle. I became intrigued again recently when I saw a video of Augie Fash and wanted to learn. These unresponsive yoyos and string tricks amazed me.
I ended up ordering a YYJ Lyn Fury and a YYF Superstar from the store here. I’ve probably put about 5 hours of spin time in over the last couple of days (mainly today) with the large majority of the time being spent with the Lyn Fury. Right out of the box I was thinking “Yeah alright, unresponsive! Wooo!” and so I threw it down hard. It shot right back up and smashed my hand. Duh. I decided to take out the Superstar with caution more at the forefront as this was an expensive 68 grams of spintastic wonderment. I tossed it down gently and it just sat there and spun for hours or days I can’t remember it was so long. After a few more throws I realized that this thing was not going to respond without a good bind so I began working at binding. I began with a breakaway into a trapeze as seen in the How To Bind video by Houdini. I couldn’t get it to respond with one bind, so I added another and still am barely able to get it to respond consistently.
This gave me a bit more confidence and decided to go back to the Lyn Fury (after about 40 minutes with the Superstar) so I could break in the bearing. After a good amount of spin time it is now much less responsive and it’s really helping me to get quicker and smoother with my binds. I’m really hooked. No matter what I’m doing throughout the day, I’m still thinking about yoyo tricks and can’t wait to get back to it. I even dreamed about it last night, which really seems to help me learn quicker when I do that. It hasn’t been without it’s consequences however as I have beaten up my pointer finger knuckle (underside where I catch) due to binds catching and rocketing into my hand and catching it wrong. I popped a blood vessel and it’s a bit funky looking. It didn’t hurt so much when I first did it, but subsequent smashes have made it a bit tender now. The Lyn Fury hurts a lot more than the superstar when it rockets back into my hand and I catch it improperly. Aptly named, YYJ!
So pretty much I’m trying to focus on solid throwing and binding techniques to start off and really enjoying it. In about a month I’m probably going to add a Dark Magic to the stable as one of my kids has taken an interest after seeing me double bind from the trapeze, so I’ll play with the DM as a daily beater while she plays with the Lyn Fury and thick lube. Well, that and because I just plain want one. ;D