I had occasion to be working at a booth at the NAB Convention in Vegas last week. 4 out of 5 of the staff were people who I report directly to depending on the project… but they’re pretty cool guys and said, “bring your yoyos; when it slows down you can g’head and throw and hopefully grab the attention of passers-by!”
Armed with my SPYY Punch Line, I went ahead and did just that. I’m not going to say I gathered regular crowds or anything like that, but plenty of people stopped by for chats. Notable stuff:
One fellow stopped by who is pretty new to modern yoyoing and had his Maverick with him, which I gladly tossed around for a bit; he tried out my Punchline and I gave him a quick lesson in binding. Good conversation for several minutes about yoyo and I even got to talk about our software.
A fellow exhibitor has two sons that throw 1A… one is apparently a One Drop fan, while the other prefers a brand that is “a bunch of letters together”; although he didn’t recognize the name “Caribou Lodge,” I assume it’s CLYW. Could be wrong. Had a pretty good talk about yoyo with him, too.
A great many people asked if I’m a professional yoyo demonstrator. I think the most complicated tricks I did were Magic Trick, Matrix, Kwyjibo, and Gondola, with some other linking tricks in there from time to time. I didn’t bother with Spirit Bomb much because I kept missing. When they stopped to chat about it, I assured them that there are people 20x better than me out there, but that I appreciated the compliment. Goes to show how far removed from the “unfamiliar with yoyoing” perspective we are sometimes!
One colleague in particular asked me to do a fingerspin to whipping bind several times, but his favourite was still “walk the dog”.
Several people asked if I had yoyo giveaways (trade show swag)… I only wish I had! Then again, inexpensive yoyos are sometimes more of a detriment than a help for getting someone fired up for yoyo.
Taught two more colleagues how to bind… they weren’t very successful, but it was hilarious how they’d be like “agh, I give up” and give back the yoyo, only to come back a few minutes later, “OK, I want to try again.”… it’s pretty addictive when you start seeing success!
You could see the “I’m not very impressed” look on only a select few people’s faces, so that was pretty cool, too… it’s funny when you see that look, because as they’re passing by you matador up to a thumbspin and bind back to leave them with a final impression.
More than anything, I was just really glad to be out there in a very public place, basically practicing my thing… made the days pass very pleasantly in-between “real work”, and as many people as there were stopping by, there were probably three times as many that still thought it was pretty cool but just didn’t want to stop to chat.
If you were one of the people who stopped by in Vegas (or if your dad was the exhibitor I mentioned!), reply to this thread! If you’re somebody who has recently spread some yoyo love, share your story (I know we get these threads from time to time, but if you have something recent since last time one of them came around, let’s hear it!).