It might not surprise anyone who reads this blog to learn that I went through a Yo-Yo phase. I had a green Duncan Butterfly that I inherited from my sister that I carried around with me for about 2 years when I was in grade school. Whenever I was bored I would pull out ol’ Greenie and practice. After two years you would think I would be decent, but I was not. Even after sitting in our local Five and Dime and reading a book on mastering the Duncan, I couldn’t even master the most basic tricks.
I talked to my sister about it and she remembered getting into the Yo-Yo after a Yo-Yo team came to her school for an assembly. She even thinks that very Yo-Yo might have been given to her for volunteering for some trick.
A few years ago, I bought a new Duncan and started playing around with it. It came with a trick book and I focused on the simpler one and surprise, I am still horrible at the Yo-Yo.
Here is a mid-1970’s ad for Duncan that probably launched a thousand 18th Level Yo-Yo Wizards. Sadly I was not one of them…