I figured I’d go ahead and bump this and add my ‘report’ from the demo. I have a habit (comes from a coaster site I visit) in posting a report/blog on the event I did (in the case of visiting a park or park’s special event) and I figure I’ll carry on my tradition here.
Today, I did the demo with 3 different classes actually. First class to show to were the kindergartners. They thoroughly loved the picture tricks but then I thought it was time to do some more complex stuff. The kindergartners were pretty impressed. I kept the complex stuff down to the simpler complex things like Gyroscopic Flop, Boingy Boing, and Roller Coaster (my take on it). They were pretty amazed and then I showed the my collection of yoyos. And 5A (of what tricks I do know) was a hit but was also a bit confusing to them…just why couldn’t I land Butterfly when I was showing them?
Next up, the 3rd graders. I showed them a few picture tricks but I felt that since they already saw the NED show, it was time to increase the difficulty. Gyroscopic Flop, Boingy Boing, Plastic Whip, Double or Nothing, etc. grabbed their attention real fast. I had questions like “Are you doing this with 2 strings?” and “How do you do that!?” The hubstacked yoyo was also a hit, they were baffled and surprised when I set it on their desk. Then to show some 5A which they have never seen. And I was finally able to get Butterfly going which was a huge hit. Talking to my niece afterwards, I was informed that trick-wise, I put on a better show than what they saw a week or so ago with the NED gig they had.
Getting ready to leave and messing with my yoyo in the hallways, a teacher comes up and asks me “Oh, what can you do?” I do a few tricks, told them I just did a couple demos. She had asked if I can do a quick demo for her special ed class so I did. A little tougher to keep their focus on 1 trick and explain so I just did some combos, then some 5A. This round I was outdoors so I was able to show them “Aerials” and not worry about hitting anything.
In the end, I think it came out good for the first time, as much as I’m not used to speaking or doing things in front of a large audience. I had the office staff tell me I should join the NED team, or better yet, do my own production and do a fundraiser (which I would see about hitting up a company about getting bulk yoyos to sell). Hopefully more of these will come in my future of throwing