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How to Do 5 Awesome Yo-Yo Tricks


Former Venturer Alex Curfmanis a yo-yo expert. He practices 10 or more hours a week and has excelled at tournaments. At the 2009 World Yo-Yo Championships, he broke the record for the longest Shoot the Moon, a complicated looping trick.

Here are some step-by-step instructions from Alex on how to do five yo-yo tricks:


1. Hold the yo-yo in your hand, palm up, with the string wrapping over the top of the yo-yo.

2. Bend your elbow with the yo-yo near your ear, elbow pointing forward.

3. Unbend your arm and roll the yo-yo off the tips of your fingers. Snapping your wrist creates more spin.

4. Let the yo-yo reach the end of the string and pause for a few seconds, then with a tug, return the yo-yo to your hand.


1. Throw a sleeper. With your opposite hand, pinch the string midway down the string and raise your opposite hand.

2. Pinch the string with your throw hand a few inches above the yo-yo.

3. Bring your throw hand back above your opposite hand, spreading the fingers of your opposite hand to form a triangle with the string.

4. Swing the yo-yo back and forth inside the triangle.


1. Hold the yo-yo the same way you would to perform a sleeper, but point your elbow to the side of your body.

2. Throw the yo-yo straight out to the side.

3. Let the yo-yo swing down in front of your body and up to the opposite shoulder.

4. Return the yo-yo to your hand.


1. Throw a sleeper.

2. Place your opposite index finger against the string between you and the string.

3. Push your index finger away from you while you move your throw hand between you and your other hand.

4. Bring your throw hand under and then in front of the yo-yo, threading the string into the gap of the yo-yo.

5. Perform a somersault with the yo-yo by pushing your throw hand into the strings and pulling down with your opposite hand. Repeat three or more times.

6. Return the yo-yo to a sleeper, then back to your hand.


1. Throw a breakaway.

2. As the yo-yo passes in front of your body, place your opposite index finger on top of the string as close to the yo-yo as possible.

3. Allow the yo-yo to loop around your finger and land on the string underneath it.

5. Pull your extended finger out of the string and return the yo-yo to your hand.

73 Comments on How to Do 5 Awesome Yo-Yo Tricks

  1. only buy from Dollar Tree

  2. the big cheese // April 14, 2018 at 10:24 am // Reply

    i like em all

  3. ReallY?? Bro... // March 18, 2018 at 4:58 pm // Reply

    I just dint understand like all of these tricks are really easy to do its just the fact that people dont know them

  4. if got a Duncan reflex yoyo and the string broke within10 min. So I put yarn on it, and it works!!!!!!!!!

  5. I can do all of those tricks

  6. my mom does better then that. try and learn harder stuff instead of the easy

  7. these tricks I learned in first grade and i am a girl!!!!!

    • you are a girl? awsome. but a girl knowing them doesn’t mean they’re any easier. some people still can’t do them.

  8. i know how to do all these

  9. yoyo rock

  10. I love yoyo my friend nick t love yoyo

  11. Gandalf boy // May 30, 2015 at 6:04 pm // Reply


  12. to hard do some easier

  13. cool yo yo

  14. Wow with the capital wow!

  15. Extermin4tor58 // December 5, 2013 at 3:49 am // Reply

    The best yo yo to use is dark magic 2 its awesome

  16. wat kind of yoyos bro

  17. I gotta yomega brain and a Duncan butterfly. hey do you have to buy a special yoyo to do sleepers? cause mine don’t do it

  18. We all at one point thought they were hard. But with practice you will be getting all these tricks easy after a month you will be amazed. Learn to bind before you do these or you’ll be winding it every throw.

  19. i can do all those tricks

  20. those tricks are easy

    • these r all beginer tricks. y would u need an expert to teach you this they r too easy to do.

      • Animal Girl // June 1, 2015 at 8:49 pm //

        Hey yoyokid, some people find them harder to do, you know. But I really do like “rock the baby” and “brain twister.” I think they’re actually cool.

  21. SWEAT!!!!!!

  22. I have 5 yomega yo-yos and I can do trapeze, double trapeze, brain twister, boing boing, hot potato, and I can also do three yo-yo tricks that I made up, they’re called static, switchninja, and bolas.

  23. it was awesome

  24. I like all the tricks except my own.

  25. i dont care about yoyos im just looking for pedro

  26. awesome

  27. its the best yo yo trick ever

  28. godlover11202 // August 7, 2012 at 9:29 am // Reply

    i have a butterfly yoyo by duncan,the one i got 2 years ago sleeped all the time… new one will not SLEEP!!!!!! WHY??????

  29. I have some yomega yoyos and I know brain twister,trapeze,and lotes more tricks but you are probably beter than me, but I practice every day for 1hour.

  30. they r so hard lol lol lol lol lol lol

  31. i have a cheap toy yoyo so it dosent work :C

  32. thanks for telling me how to do the brain twister

  33. sweet

  34. i can’t do that i dont no why!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >:(

  35. gkilla8000 // May 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm // Reply

    wow bro

  36. easiest tricks ever i learned these when i was 6

  37. boyscout lvr // April 2, 2012 at 10:12 am // Reply

    super COOL!

  38. for all those that say trapeze is way to hard it is (in my opinion) the hardest trick here but it just takes practise (even i get it maybe 1 out of 10 times) and for all those saying easy well these are supposed to be easy

  39. CubScout20 // March 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm // Reply

    awsome!!! cool! I like it 🙂

  40. now where is my yo-yo?

  41. all of the tricks are easy especially the trapeze

  42. that’s so easy I can do all of them in my sleep.

  43. dragonlord x // December 8, 2011 at 10:11 am // Reply



  45. to hard… TO HARD!!!

  46. way to hard i tried 100 times trapeze is way to hard

  47. most of the tricks are easy except the trapeze i tried like 100 times and the trapeze is way to hard

  48. the trapeze is super hard

  49. I got this rielly cheep yoyo that lights up and it broke right away!(even when I just did rockaby baby)

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