Advanced Yo-Yo Tricks for Kids


Learn to perform advanced yo-yo tricks on the following pages.
Learn to perform advanced yo-yo tricks on the following pages.

If you've mastered easy yo-yo tricks and intermediate yo-yo tricks, you are ready for the good stuff -- advanced yo-yo tricks. These feats of dexterity and skill are fun to both watch and perform.

Many of these tricks are complicated and might require a little extra practice, so don't give up if you can't master them right away. If you keep trying, you will be pleased with the results. Your audiences will be pleased too!

On the following pages, you will learn yo-yo tricks that will make you look like a professional.

Texas Star Yo-Yo Trick

Find out how to shape your yo-yo string into a star in honor of the great state of Texas.

One-Handed Star Yo-Yo Trick

Learn to make a star out of your yo-yo string with just one hand.

Through the Tunnel Yo-Yo Trick

A variation on walk the dog, this advanced yo-yo trick sends the pooch through a tunnel.

Rattlesnake Yo-Yo Trick

Learn how to make your yo-yo move and sound like a rattlesnake in this crowd-pleasing yo-yo trick.

Shoot the Moon Yo-Yo Trick

This yo-yo trick can be dangerous, so practice with caution! When done correctly, the results are spectacular.

Elephant's Trunk Yo-Yo Trick

Be sure to make the sound of an elephant when you perform this fun advanced yo-yo trick.

Skyrocket Yo-Yo Trick

Learn how to send your yo-yo toward outer space. The Skyrocket Yo-Yo Trick is a great addition to your yo-yo skills.

The Man on the Flying Trapeze Yo-Yo Trick

Learn one of the most difficult yo-yo tricks. Thrill your family, friends, and classmates with this show-stopper.

Double or Nothing Yo-Yo Trick

Once you have mastered The Man on the Flying Trapeze, this yo-yo trick is relatively easy to perform.

Bank Deposit Yo-Yo Trick

This advanced yo-yo trick is a perfect finish to your yo-yo show. End your act on a high note with this lighthearted gag.

Start learning now with our first advanced yo-yo trick, the Texas Star Yo-Yo Trick. Find out how to do this trick on the next page.

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Texas Star Yo-Yo Trick

Grab the yo-yo string with the thumb of your free hand.
Grab the yo-yo string with the thumb of your free hand.

The Texas Star Yo-Yo Trick reveals the shining star of Texas in a string formation trick. This trick is also called Ursa Major.

How to Do the Texas Star Yo-Yo Trick:

Step 1: Grab the string with the thumb of your free hand about four to eight inches from the finger-looped end.

Catch the string with your yo-yo hand's pinky finger.

Step 2: Swing your yo-yo hand down and catch the string four to eight inches below the thumb of your free hand with your yo-yo hand's ring or pinky finger.

Loop the string over your free hand's forefinger.

Step 3: Swing your free hand down and loop the string over the top of your free hand's forefinger.

Insert your yo-yo hand thumb in the string's triangle.

Step 4: Insert your yo-yo thumb through the string triangle. Now grab and pull the hanging string back through the triangle with the back of your thumb.

Reach down with your yo-yo finger and pull the string up.

Step 5: Reach down with your yo-yo finger and pull the string a few inches up with the back of the finger.

Open both hands to unfold the star shape.

Step 6: Open up both hands and allow the star-shaped formation to appear between your two hands. Presto! You've made a Texas Star.

In the One-Handed Star Yo-Yo Trick, you'll learn how to make a star formation in a whole new way. Read about it on the next page.

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One-Handed Star Yo-Yo Trick

Slip your yo-yo hand's pinky finger under the string.
Slip your yo-yo hand's pinky finger under the string.

Now that you've learned how to form a star with two hands in the Texas Star Yo-Yo Trick, try forming a star with only one hand in the One-Handed Star Yo-Yo Trick. This trick is also called Ursa Minor.

How to Do the One-Handed Star Yo-Yo Trick:

Step 1: Hold your yo-yo hand upright with the string hanging down from the middle finger. Slip your little finger inside the string.

Turn your hand and slip your forefinger under the string.

Step 2: Turn your hand slightly and slip your forefinger under the string.

Loop the string around your ring finger.

Step 3: Twist your hand slightly in the opposite direction and loop the string around your ring finger.

Loop the string around your thumb and display the star.

Step 4: Turn your hand again in the opposite direction and loop it around your thumb. Then, twist your hand downward and pick up the string so that it loops around your middle finger, completing the formation of the small star.

Step 5: Open your hand to display the star.

The Through the Tunnel Yo-Yo Trick is a variation on the Walk the Dog trick. Learn how to perform it on the next page.

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Through the Tunnel Yo-Yo Trick

Swing your yo-yo backward.
Swing your yo-yo backward.

The Through the Tunnel Yo-Yo Trick lets you send your yo-yo through the tunnel instead of "walking your dog." Be careful! This is a tricky trick.

How to Do the Through the Tunnel Yo-Yo Trick:

Step 1: Start with your yo-yo hand in a position as if you were going to perform a Throw Down. Instead, throw the yo-yo down and swing it backward, easing into an Around the World backward.

As the yo-yo comes in front, swing it between your legs.

Step 2: As the yo-yo comes around in front of you, spread your legs approximately two feet apart, and let the yo-yo swing through your legs. Gently land it on the ground behind you.

Step 3: Walk the yo-yo along the floor and back to your hand.

When you perform the Rattlesnake Yo-Yo Trick, your yo-yo will look and sound like a rattler. Read about this yo-yo trick on the next page.

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Rattlesnake Yo-Yo Trick

Throw a sleeper with a sideways motion.
Throw a sleeper with a sideways motion.

When you perform the Rattlesnake Yo-Yo Trick, tell your audience to watch out for the rattlesnake. It walks and talks like one, but this one doesn't bite! This trick is easier to perform when wearing loose pants.

How to Do the Rattlesnake Yo-Yo Trick:

Step 1: Throw a Sleeper with a sideways motion, as if performing a Sleeping Beauty.

Step 2: Instead of picking up the yo-yo with your free hand, let it spin on its side.

Move your leg against the string to create a rattling sound.

Step 3: Move your leg so that the flailing string brushes against your pants leg. The string should produce a "rattling" sound as it strikes your pants.

The Shoot the Moon Yo-Yo Trick can be dangerous, so don't try it unless you are confident in your yo-yo skills. Read about this yo-yo trick on the next page.

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Shoot the Moon Yo-Yo Trick

As the yo-yo returns, flick it upward.
As the yo-yo returns, flick it upward.

The Shoot the Moon Yo-Yo Trick can be a dangerous trick. Do not attempt it until you have mastered the basic tricks and have achieved good control over your yo-yo.

How to Do the Shoot the Moon Yo-Yo Trick:

Step 1: Begin by throwing a Forward Pass.

Step 2: As the yo-yo returns, flick your wrist in a semicircular motion, sending the yo-yo almost straight up above your head. The yo-yo will pass very close to your face; this is what makes the trick potentially dangerous. Be careful!

Flick your wrist to send the yo-yo in front.

Step 3: As the yo-yo comes down, flick your wrist, and send it back out in front of you.

Step 4: As the yo-yo returns, either catch it or, if you prefer, flick it back upward for a second "moon shot."

You'll need a chair to perform the Elephant's Trunk Yo-Yo Trick. Learn how to do this yo-yo trick on the next page.

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Elephant's Trunk Yo-Yo Trick

Swing your spinning yo-yo over the back of the chair.
Swing your spinning yo-yo over the back of the chair.

The Elephant's Trunk Yo-Yo Trick can be a lot of fun. If you know how to make an elephant sound, add it to this trick!

How to Do the Elephant's Trunk Yo-Yo Trick:

Step 1: Place a lightweight chair two or three feet in front of you with the back facing you.

Step 2: Throw a fast Sleeper.

Step 3: Swing your yo-yo out in front of you and let it come to rest -- while still spinning -- over the back of the chair. Viola! You've just created an Elephant's Trunk.

Step 4: Give a jerk on the string to bring the yo-yo back to your hand.

The Skyrocket Yo-Yo Trick teaches you how to send your yo-yo blasting off toward outer space. Learn this yo-yo trick on the next page.

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Skyrocket Yo-Yo Trick

Take your finger out of the string while the yo-yo is sleeping.
Take your finger out of the string while the yo-yo is sleeping.

The Skyrocket Yo-Yo Trick is a blast. If you want to take a trip into outer space, here's your chance.

How to Do the Skyrocket Yo-Yo Trick:

Step 1: Start by throwing a fast Sleeper.

Step 2: While the yo-yo is sleeping, take the string off the finger of your yo-yo hand with your free hand. Hold the string with your free hand just below the loop.

Jerk the string up and watch your yo-yo blast off.

Step 3: Jerk the string upward and let go of it as the yo-yo passes your hand. The yo-yo will blast off like a skyrocket. Pull both hands back to clear the way.

Try catching the yo-yo in your pocket.

Step 4: Once the yo-yo begins to descend, have it "splash down" in your hand. If you want to show off a bit, try catching it in your pant's pocket.

The Man on the Flying Trapeze Yo-Yo Trick lets you send your yo-yo flying in a whole new way. Find out how to do this yo-yo trick on the next page.

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The Man on the Flying Trapeze Yo-Yo Trick

Let the yo-yo arc around your index finger.
Let the yo-yo arc around your index finger.

The Man on the Flying Trapeze Yo-Yo Trick is advanced, so being a daring trapeze artist will take some practice to perfect. This is generally considered to be one of the most difficult of all the advanced yo-yo tricks.

How to Do The Man on the Flying Trapeze Yo-Yo Trick:

Step 1: Throw a Breakaway, swinging the yo-yo in an upside down arc in front of your body.

Step 2: When the yo-yo starts to rise on the opposite side of your body, extend the index finger of your free hand out so that it strikes the string about three to five inches from the yo-yo. Allow the yo-yo to loop over your outstretched finger.

Catch the yo-yo on the string.

Step 3: Let the yo-yo swing around your outstretched finger in an arc and land on the string.

Push your hands together and let the trapeze swing.

Step 4: Now quickly push your hands together, letting the sleeping yo-yo swing back and forth "trapeze" style.

To bring it home, quickly pull your hands apart.

Step 5: To bring it home, quickly pull your hands apart. The yo-yo will fly upward and over your free hand's forefinger, wind up, and return to your yo-yo hand.

The Double or Nothing Yo-Yo Trick raises the stakes on The Man on the Flying Trapeze trick. Go to the next page if you're up to the challenge.

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Double or Nothing Yo-Yo Trick

When the yo-yo starts to rise, place your index finger on the string.
When the yo-yo starts to rise, place your index finger on the string.

After you've mastered The Man On The Flying Trapeze Yo-Yo Trick, give the Double or Nothing Yo-Yo Trick a try. Surprisingly enough, you may find that this trick is slightly easier.

How to Do the Double or Nothing Yo-Yo Trick:

Step 1: Begin by throwing a Breakaway.

Step 2: When the yo-yo starts to rise on the opposite side of your body, extend the index finger of your free hand on the string about three to five inches from the yo-yo, as if setting up to perform a Man On The Flying Trapeze.

Allow the yo-yo to circle your finger.

Step 3: Let the yo-yo swing around the outstretched index finger of your free hand, just as you would for a Man On The Flying Trapeze. Instead, allow the yo-yo to make a bigger circle and swing around your extended index finger of your yo-yo hand.

Step 4: Let it continue swinging around the index finger of your free hand a second time.

Push your hands together so the yo-yo hangs below.

Step 5: Catch the yo-yo on one of the strings between your two index fingers, similar to catching the Man On The Flying Trapeze. Push your hands closer together and let the yo-yo hang slightly below your two hands.

Pull your hands apart and pop the yo-yo in the air.

Step 6: To exit the trick, pull your hands apart and "pop" the yo-yo into the air. Let all the loose string slip off your fingers and wind up into the yo-yo. Catch the yo-yo with your yo-yo hand.

The Bank Deposit Yo-Yo Trick is the perfect way to end an act. Go to the next page to learn this ideal finale.

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Bank Deposit Yo-Yo Trick

Throw a hard sleeper between your legs.
Throw a hard sleeper between your legs.

The Bank Deposit Yo-Yo Trick is an ideal yo-yo trick to finish up a set. If you're looking for a great trick to end your act, it's time you made a Bank Deposit!

How to Do the Bank Deposit Yo-Yo Trick:

Step 1: Pull your left pant pocket open as wide as possible.

Step 2: Throw a hard Sleeper between your legs.

Let the yo-yo swing into your pants pocket.

Step 3: Let the yo-yo swing around your leg and into your pocket. This will take some practice.

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