My advice to someone learning Magic Drop is to watch every video you can find that teaches it. It’s really helpful to see everyone’s perspective on how to do it.
But by far the most helpful one I’ve seen is the following:
This video is the best at breaking down the mechanics of string rejection to complete Magic Drop. For right handed throwers, after the trapeze, the yoyo is looped under, around then over your throwing hand in a counterclockwise motion towards the left. As you are looping the trapezed yoyo counterclockwise over your throwing hand, this motion tries to spool the string counterclockwise around the axle. The yoyo spins clockwise in the opposite direction. The body of the yoyo then rubs against the string, and the opposite motions force the string to kick out and reject off the yoyo.
All of the action is done by the spinning yoyo body against the string.
Had I known this, at the beginning, it would have saved me weeks of frustration.
When starting out, I thought I was wasn’t getting the right string placement because my fingers are fairly short and was unable the extend the L shape with my thumb and index finger on my throwing hand far enough. That wasn’t the critical part I was missing–swinging the trapezed yoyo in a smooth motion around your throwing hand. Again the key is the string rubbing against the body of the yoyo. This still can be done with small hands.
Use fresh new fat strings and a competition style yoyo with a low wall, great spin time. Throw hard on your breakaway when setting up the trapeze–the more spin you have, the easier it is to reject the string.
For me personally, I was able to land the drop on the front string first, the string farthest from the body. If that’s the case with you as well, I’d advise first practicing landing the drop on the front string consistently to get the rejection down–the actual goal is to learn rejections. Then adjust your hand placement later to land the drop on the back string consistantly (the string closest to the body) to set up shockwave.
Brandon Vu’s video states he spent “about 2 years” learning this. I’m suspect there’s some hyperbole there but it is comforting to know that a pro with a couple of national titles under his belt struggled with this at the beginning.
Edited to say body of the yoyo does the rejection not the pads. Thanks @ryanmcg!