Pat has touched on something which is key, the entertainment factor of your performance is what will advance you through. AGT judges are not impressed with the difficulty level of your tricks. Because they have no understanding of how it’s done, complicated combos are boring for them to watch. You don’t have judges sitting in front of you who are even close to looking for the same things judges are looking for in actual yo-yo competitions so don’t go out there and think you are going to impress with the same type of routine because they just won’t see it.
AGT is not about technical skill, it’s about entertaining. The first thing to remember is you must engage with your audience. Draw them in, make them smile, make them laugh, make them say; “OH WOW!”
You’ll have to be able to know your routine so well you can do it in your sleep. It must be so smooth and spot on and automatic that you can appear to be paying more attention to the people than your yo-yo. They will want to see flourishes, splashy stuff, they need to see 4th of July fireworks going off. This requires much more than yoing skills, you’ll need to be fun and winsome with banter and showmanship. Don’t wear T-Shirts and jeans. Dress to the nines for every performance. Your clothing is going to be extremely important. It should be noticeable the second you walk out. Not gaudy or loud, classy, sharp and sophisticated. The young girls need to swoon and the old men need to be amazed.
This is an extremely tall order. Extremely tall! Just remember, what would make André Boulay applaud will make Howard Stern yawn. If you want to advance you have be a superstar every time out and each time your show must be more spectacular than the last. I do believe it can be done and you very well may be the guy to do it, but you have to blast through the wall and do things no one has yet imagined. This past season yoers didn’t make past the first round I don’t think because the judges felt yoyoing is something for amusement parks and kiddie birthday partys. You have to bring something which blows all that attitude right out of the auditorium. You’ll have to be spectacular!
I realize this was way too long and it isn’t the RAH! RAH! Go Mason! others are sharing. I’m not wishing to be discouraging. Just the opposite. I want you to do very well. I do. However you need to be thinking WAY outside the usual yoing box. WAY OUTSIDE! Please understand to move on you have to put together a Vegas show and not just a routine of yo-yo tricks.
Good luck man! We’ll all be looking for you next spring when the show airs.