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How to do a Slap Bind – Let’s Play Yo-Yo

In this episode of Let’s Play Yo-Yo Mike teaches you how to do a Slap Bind. A difficult sidestyle bind with a lot of flair.




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How to do a tension release bind – Let’s Play Yo-Yo

In this episode of Let’s Play Yo-Yo I teach an advanced sidestyle bind I have been referring to as a tension release bind simply because no other names have been offered. If you have any questions leave them in the comments.

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Let’s Play Yo-Yo: Unboxing and testing the MagicYoyo N11

I’ve been seeing people ask about this N11 yo-yo by MagicYoYo a lot. I wanted to see what the fuss was all about. It’s one of those situations where they’ve priced it so low that you can help but to buy one and forgive any slight issues it might have. It has its pros and cons. I feel like I touched on most of them with this first impression session but if you have any questions or thoughts let me know in the comments. I’m still testing it and forming my conclusions for the review video. I feel like I’ll be restating most of what I have said already but in a week I should hopefully have a more leveled out opinion of the yo-yo and can compare it to my initial assessment to see if theres anywhere I might have missed.

I got this N11 here,, which if you decide you want to buy one and do it through this link I’d get a kickback.




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#GaryVeeChallenge and general updates

Hey guys, hope you’re all doing well! Last time I made a post we were talking about:

  • The restoration of the Learn section of the site and the future work required there. (Duplicate pages that you can’t see because they’re set to “draft” behind the scenes may have better explanations or formatting than what is currently being displayed, and I need to just sit down and do this tonight probably.)
  • I spoke of getting back to work on Let’s Play Yo-Yo, and
    • I believe I’ve discovered a way to trick myself into this. Since a little before the last post on the 6th I’ve begun live streaming regularly to YouTube (generally late at night after my family has gone to sleep) under the title of “Let’s Play Yo-Yo Live: [whatever the stream’s topic is]”.
    • Generally a lot of goofing around since I’m not sure what to focus on but occasionally that process leads to cool looking tricks so I have also been recording these live streams from a second camera with a higher frame rate for later viewing in slow motion, but there are some lighting issues with this at the moment.
    • The main goal is to take the hour or more long streams and trim them down to about 10 minutes. I have just barely started doing this with a stream from the 1st of December. We’ll see how it goes. I’d like to get into the habit of editing what I have from the day before and posting it before going live again. But that could be problematic. Who knows.

This all leads me to what’s new at the moment. Obviously I’m working on this project now, having the site to keep track of it and other yo-yo projects has been helping. And now I mention something called the #GaryVeeChallenge in the title and don’t mention it until well into the post. What’s that about?

So if you’ve been following me for long. A handful of you have been around 10+ years. You’ll know I’ve been obsessed with this Gary Vaynerchuk guy since I first stumbled across him in 2009. Well, he recently started something to help lazy folks like me get their asses in gear. Or maybe not so much lazy folks like me, but folks similar to me who are on the fence about going all in on whatever their thing is.

And I want to do it. He sent out a new deck (60+ page pdf of ideas on how to make good regular content) and challenged folks to apply it, tagging the posts made from applying said concepts with #garyveechallenge.

I am only even posting about this because I’m fairly confident this is not something I’m ready to put myself into fully right now, but because it’s a good guide for creating the kind of content I want to create, I want to see if I can somehow trick myself into doing a decent job at this challenge.

I have glanced around through the deck. It reminded me of the last one Gary put out. I need to actually study it a bit further, as it shows you the process of using pillar content (like a show, a podcast, vlog) and splitting it up in to smaller highlight chunks that can be distributed to the various platform available, regardless of the time you’re doing this challenge in.

I am currently taking my live stream and when I hit trick I want to share I do my best to remember when I hit it, and then immediately afterwards I go back through the footage, find the trick, clip it, edit it into something fancy with some cool music, light it artificially as best I can, and then share it to youtube, twitter, instagram, tiktok, and facebook. I am supposed to tag all of these posts made from the pillar content (and the pillar content as well I suppose) with the #garyveechallenge tag.

I started writing this post while I waited for footage to both import from my little action camera and download from YouTube.

My action camera doesn’t record good audio so I’m depending on good audio from the live stream to sync over the action camera footage that I do end up using. I will also potentially use voice overs but will have to record them on my phone, which considering I’m doing this all on my own and the mic I bought is garbage, I’m not going to beat myself up too much for doing so.

Between now and January, if I make enough noise and presumably adhere to this deck well, I (or several other participating in this challenge) could potentially win some cool things, all of which are rad, but I have my eyes set on that ‘fly you to the office’ one haha…

Well I’m now blogging to procrastinate, I’ll post some updates later.

P.s. I haven’t also been sharing all the videos I’ve been making on the blog because a few of you get emails every time I make a blog post and I’m concerned about spamming you.

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It’s December already

Wow this year flew by. Since the last post I was able to successfully extract all of my old tutorials and lessons. Those have been mashed into the Learn page and are slowly coming together as I have time to clean up duplicates. I’m looking forward to being done with reestablishing this learning section so I can being making more tutorials.

I’ve been talking about it for a while, I’m starting “Let’s Play Yo-Yo” again, but it’s going to be more a general yo-yo show. I will still learn tricks on camera like I did before, but now I’m going to show the trick creation segments as a part of this series, and tutorials, unboxings/reviews, and interviews. Really anything yo-yo related.

I think making this a regular show will have a lot of benefits rather than making random pieces of stand alone content. It will help me reconnect with the yo-yo community I hope. In a way as an audience forms around the show it will have it’s own community for me to work with. That part of the process is what I mostly miss from the first time we did this.

When it comes to tutorials to teach initially I will be following whatever the most current sports ladder is. I will also teach original tricks or anything I learn along the way. Basically, whatever I can find a way to trick myself in to producing that might be of use to others I will endeavor to create.

A part of this import of information means that I have 10+ years of blogs in varying levels of organization. And a lot of duplicate content. So… I suppose I should stop writing this blog post and get some work done.

Until next time!


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Restoration of old website posts

I’ve begun what will most likely be a pointless task, the restoration of my old posts. I’ve downloaded a program call XAMPP so that I can attempt to restore a backup of my website I lost seven years ago to it locally, and then export all the posts from it to this live site. I’m just taking it one little thing at a time for now. Right now I’m waiting for XAMPP to install, it’s quite large and my laptop is rather old. Well it’s maybe four years old but I was poor when I bought it so it was already fighting with one arm tied behind its back.

In addition to doing this pointless task I am waiting for my kids to wake up. They went down for their nap three hours ago but didn’t actually sleep until the last hour. So I’ve opened their door but didn’t actually wake them up. I am kind of hoping this loud keyboard will wake them up.

The installation has completed. I need to follow a tutorial to make sure I don’t screw up the setup steps… ( )

It’s not going so well.

It’s been 40 minutes or so. Weston has woken up, I’ve got him situated and entertained. Willow is still asleep but the door is open and there is a kids show playing in the other room so I’m hopefully it’ll coax her awake peacefully.

The website backup/restore system I used back then no longer works. So I need to figure out how to restore the website manually… Which I believe means I need to install a blank wordpress first and then move my files over the top and import my database over the top… Blah…

It’s making me download and install something called Bitnami now. It is kind of like those ‘website in 5 minute intaller’ things you see on most webhosts these days.

My hope is once it’s installed I can overwrite it with the old files and then do all the other things.

Both of the kids are awake now.

They have a wooden train/car track in the living room that they’re playing with. Mostly racing cars and trains down a ramp.

Also it just started snowing.

Children are screaming over who gets what train now…

Oh it’s done installing wordpress. Sweet. I think. Now that hard part begins.

I couldn’t get it to work… Uninstalling and reinstalling the app and going to try just importing the wp-content folder and the comments/posts/pages…



Okay it’s 11:57pm. I’ve successfully imported all of my posts from the backup to the local website thing. Then I exported then and added them to this website. But all of the images are linked incorrectly, so I will need to fix those. I still have a lot of missing posts from 2012 to 2017 that I believe I have backups of.

Honestly I’m not sure any of this adds anything or helps anyone…

It just feels like it needs to be done.

I’ll finish it later, time to get some sleep!


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My Social Pages

I have some of my social stats on the sidebar of my website right now. They’re from August 30th of 2019. They say I have 1,520 followers on Instagram, 5,528 subscribers on YouTube, and 1,945 likes on Facebook. I also have 1,276 followers on Twitter, but for some reason I haven’t put it in the sidebar. The main reason I am making this post is because besides offering a link to the pages, I’m not sure why I have the following count showing.

It’s not even accurate. I was too lazy to find a plugin that could update these numbers automatically for me so I simply put what was there on the 30th of August and thought to myself, “It’ll be cool to see how much they grow as I get back into this whole internet video maker thing”. When I said that to myself I didn’t realize just how busy I was going to be working from home. Instead of stocking shelves, sweeping floors, running registers, and fixing bikes, I’m selling things on eBay and starting a yo-yo brand.

Most of the time I spend working is focused on listing items on eBay. I found several large boxes of toys at a yardsale a few months ago and have been listing them ever since. It’s enough work were it keeps me fairly focused on listing and shipping whenever I don’t have my kids. When I do have my kids my listing time’s drop significantly, but I figure the weeks they’re away can be maximized for listing and the weeks they’re here I’ll ship sales in the morning and spend the rest of the day with them.

But that hasn’t given me much time for yo-yoing. Which has always sort of been my main focus. It’s strange giving other aspects of my life so much more attention when I’d rather be working on a trick. But until I have a big enough audience that I can sell yo-yo’s or have a patreon to pay my bills and send me to contests, I’ll have to focus on eBay. (I do technically have a Patreon but I’m not sure what to give as rewards.)

Well, the reason I even started writing this is I figured I was either going to update the numbers or remove them. I think I’ll say what they are now here in this post and then remove them. Instagram currently has 1,625, so it went up 105 followers since August. YouTube has 5832 since August. Which is another 304 subscribers. That’s actually really good I think, but every time I’ve posted a video it’s been lucky to past 50 views. To be fair most of the videos are short trick clips that would do better on Instagram or TikTok (I joined that by the way, not sure if I’ll be able to grow on it yet but I like the idea, its more about being creative than anything). Facebook… Facebook went up 5 likes. I don’t know what to think about Facebook. Sometimes I’ll make a post an it’ll get a thousand views (Facebook counts 3 seconds of watch time as a view though). Mostly it’ll sit around 100 views.

Basically I’m not sure where to focus my time right now. I think focusing on making tutorials when I have time and getting this site to be more of ‘a place to learn how to yo-yo’ and less of a… whatever it is right now, that I’ll start to see results because I’ll be creating content that is useful to people and not just an effort to boost my ego.

Alright, I need to get back to eBay. That’s it for now. I’ll knock the numbers off the sidebar shortly.


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Live stream highlight reels

Hey guys, hope you’ve been well, it’s been a few days over a month since my last post so I wanted to give you an update since the last time I bothered you. This time around the main highlight is this… highlight reel from several live streams I did earlier this week. I’m still figuring out my formula for all of this but basically what I have been doing is going live on instagram, facebook, youtube, and twitch when i’m feeling like yo-yoing and I practice elements, tricks, and combos I’ve been working on lately live.

It’s a fun process and helps me not feel insanely alone (I work from home) when that is getting to me. I’ve also started setting up a second camera with a higher frame rate so that I can create these reels. Anyways, here’s my first one. Up until now I had been just posting individual tricks I liked but I had enough in this one to make something longer.

I hope you enjoy it!

Catch ya next time!