Diameter:56.13 mm / 2.21 inches
Width: 41.4 mm / 1.63 inches
Gap Width (mm/in) : Narrow Bearing: 3.00 mm / .12 inches
Speed Bearing: 4.95 mm / .19 inches
Response System: Silicone O-Ring
Compatible with Slim Pad CBC/K-Pad Response
Weight: 69 grams
Bearing Size: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
YYJ Speed Bearing
Price: Anywhere from $40-$60 dependent on where the Yo-Yo was bought.+ shipping
Response: Obviously made for un-responsive play, but comes with a responsive and an un-responsive bearing.
This is a sequel to the Dark Magic, a Yo-Yo made by Andre Boulay***. It has been used to win a handful of contests. The Dm and Dm2 are both some of the more popular, affordable, high quality, unresponsive Yo-Yos on the market today.
On first glance of the YYJ Dark Magic 2[I will call it the DM2,] I found it was an ingeniously designed hybrid material butterfly shaped Yo-Yo. The DM2 has metal rims on the outside and the body of the DM2 is a hard plastic. The hubcaps have beautifully designed artwork, but being that it IS an Andre Boulay signature Yo-Yo, you will probably take them off for inner ring thumb grinds. The gap size is actually quite large when put in context of the diameter.
[Side note: The DM2 was my first unresponsive Yo-Yo]
Part 1, responsive bearing in: A very clean throw, the Dm2 smoothly slides down the string, but doesn’t fly down. No wobble, hubcaps look cool while spinning. Completely silent. As I tug, the Dm2 wisps up the string, and I make a smooth catch.
Part 2, unresponsive bearing in: A clean throw, Very smooth and no wobble. Plastic whips are possible along with hooks and/or any other unresponsive specific trick. Thumb grinds are smooth if done correctly[remember to hook thumb.] . Binds cleanly, doesn’t snag. Noisier than when the responsive bearing is in, loud enough to bother someone in the same room. With a good throw, you can get a 3 minute sleep.
Other uses besides 1A
The Dm2 is obviously made for 1A, but it is also good for 3A, 4A*, 5A. Even flying eel is possible!
How this compares to other Yo-Yo’s (Performance Wise)
Other Yo-Yos at this price range become wobbly and unstable after the spin dies down, the Dm2 however, doesn’t.
Lastly, the DM2 does and doesn’t tilt. It’s hard for me to judge this mainly because the faster I play the more it tilts. I mainly am caused to believe this because I just play better “Jon Rob” style.
The main cons
Grinds that require the use of the middle, an example of which being a finger grind, aren’t as good as those which use the metal rings on the outside, like an arm grind.
It may just be how my throw tilts slightly, but one silicone pad always breaks exactly three weeks after I put in new flow-able silicone.
Go here for pictures: http://shop.yoyoexpert.com/product/4/YYJ-Dark-Magic
I see no reason to mod, the DM2 works perfectly fine stock. A konkave bearing replacement works, there is no wobble.
The final verdict
[Ranked from 1-10, 10 being BEAST, 1 being EPIC FAIL N/a being not able to judge]
Ability to do Grinds: 8
Ability to do complicated tricks: 10
Silence: 10 with responsive bearing, 7 with unresponsive bearing
*: For certain styles of 4A
***:Boulay is famous for popularizing the inner ring thumb grind.
SPECS gotten from: yoyoexpert store