In ancient Greece, the toy was made from wood, metal, and terra cotta, and the two halves were decorated with pictures of the gods. In the early 1920s, a young Phillipine immigrant named Pedro Flores brought along a homemade toy which he called the “Yo-Yo”, or Tagalog for “Come-Come”. Soon after, the rights and name were purchased by entrepreneur Donald Duncan and the Yo-yo officially entered Pop Culture, where it is immediately recognizable as a toy that anyone can get the hang of, but the construction allows room for innumerable complicated tricks that only a few experts are able to perform. For over 90 years, we have been in love with the yo-yo. And today is National Yo-Yo Day! So pick up your old childhood habit, or introduce a new one to your little ones, and exercise eye-hand coordination while having a blast!
3 Models to Choose From
Regardless of your yo-yo skill level, Marbles has you covered! For beginners, we recommend the Triple Action Crystal, with 3 speeds to help you learn how the yo-yo moves. The auto-return helps when you’re just getting started, and then as you master the movements, you can switch over to fixed-axle or free spin mode to help you begin to learn the basic tricks.
More advanced practitioners need a yo-yo that will allow them to master all the complicated tricks and moves, so for advanced yo-yo aficionados, we recommend the Flex Gap. Inherent in the name, the Flex Gap allows the user to adjust the width setting for moves off string or freestyle.
Need a greater challenge than the Flex Gap? For yo-yo masters, we recommend the Delta. Combining a traditional yo-yo with a top, this device allows the user to launch horizontally off of table tops, making for some rather impressive moves indeed.
An Expert’s Opinion
Marbles spoke with professional yo-yo champion Seth Peterson last July, and his interview is a fantastic showcase for a professional’s moves. Check it out! And pick up your own yo-yo today to get started! Happy Yo-yo Day!