I think the answer is when you can repeat the trick with a high degree of reliability.
Like, even today, sometimes trapeze is a pain in the butt. But, oddly enough, I’m finding if I don’t pay so much attention to it, I can land it more often NOT looking. I know that sounds odd, but that’s just how it is for me.
There’s three stages:
Once you can finally do the trick, you’re good. This is the first stage, just being able to do it. Not necessarily clean or smooth, but you can pull the trick off properly AND can bring it back to your hand.
Stage 2 is where you continue to work on it to make it much more reliable and predictable and consistent. Once you’re at a point where you feel comfortable with the trick, you’ve learned it. This is where I move on to the next trick. I haven’t put this trick behind me yet, but I have it at a point where I know what needs to be done and I know how to do it, so I’m ready to move forward.
Stage 3: This is where you’re probably going back and working on stuff you already know to make it smoother. At this point, the trick is down and it’s reliable, but you want to make it smooth and more “second nature” where you don’t have to think so much about it.
Right now, I’ve got Rip Cord down and Mach 5. Mach 5 is so easy because the strings have nowhere to go. What I am working on is Atomic Bomb, because the movement of the yoyo requires that you keep the strings close so the yoyo has nowhere to go except back into the strings. I can hit it most of the time, but I’m aiming for smoother and 3 non-stop rolls. My problem right now is that third roll I often end up popping the yoyo out, but I’ve got enough spin to re-mount it and start the trick over again. Double or Nothing I just need to work on a bit more. I can nail that 8 out of 10 times. I usually end up on too many strings, and it happens every time don’t move that first wrap back on my non-throw index finger.
As far as Drop In The Bucket, I’m seeing another issue. I keep moving my non-throw hand too much and there’s too much swing in the yoyo in the wrong plane, which is affecting my ability to land this. I CAN do it, but the repeatability isn’t there yet. I had to move on from it because it was frustrating me too much and holding me back. Now that I have more throwing time in and hence more confidence, it’s time to get back at it.
I’d love to be through the Advanced Level 1 tricks by Christmas, but it’s not gonna happen. I WILL try.