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Easy Yo-Yo Tricks


The Throw Down Yo-Yo Trick
Hold the yo-yo palm up, standing it between your thumb and middle finger.
Hold the yo-yo palm up, standing it between your thumb and middle finger.

Many yo-yo tricks begin with this simple thrown-down maneuver, or a variation of it. If you do not get it right the first few times, don't panic. All it takes is a bit of practice.

Step 1: Hold your hand out in front of you, palm up. Stand the yo-yo on its edge, placing it between your thumb and middle finger, in line with your shoulder. The string should curl up over the top of the yo-yo, ready to flow out in front of you.

Whip the yo-yo straight down with a strong, overhand motion.
Whip the yo-yo straight down with a strong, overhand motion.

Step 2: With a flick of the wrist, whip the yo-yo to the ground in a firm, overhand motion. Be sure to throw the yo-yo straight down. Don't let it lean to one side or the other.

When the yo-yo reaches the end of the string, give a slight tug on the string, and the yo-yo will return home.

More than 90 percent of yo-yo tricks incorporate the next move in some form. Learn The Sleeper in the following section.

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