Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Chinese Yo Yos

Chinese Yo YosI don't know if you've noticed, but yo yos are really hip right now. I don't suppose you would notice unless you happen to be hanging out at the local high school or have a high schooler living in your midst. But take my word for it, it's become completely acceptable to bring yo yos to high school as a means of impressing others (who knew?)

However, while regular old-fashioned American yo yos are fine the Chinese ones hold the real points for fascination and pure "wow" factor.

Andrew and I were on a cruise three years ago where there was a juggling show that included a Chinese yo yo routine and the performer taught yo yo lessons the next day and you can bet I was there. I bought one right there and the kids love sending the little cups spinning on the string.

Also called diabolos (not to be confused with diablos) they're not that common but when you see the things you can do you can understand why the Chinese are totally going to rule the world someday.

Here's a good video to show you some of the tricks you can do:



And here's a video of the kids doing it (and this clip is purely for the grandparents, feel free to ignore):



You can buy them on Amazon--a good gift for the holidays if you're starting to think about that kind of thing . . .

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8 comments:

The Source said...

That's TOO cool. They're doing really good with it. I'm totally impressed with David's skill in tossing it. Although, I'm pretty sure mine would have broken everything in the house and sustained head injuries if I bought them one. Hmm.

Robin said...

My son's got a diabolo too, they're fun, but a lot harder than they look!

Flea said...

Too much fun! I'd be tangled in with it in no time, though. :)

M said...

Ah, reminds me of the hacky sacks of our day.

Catherine said...

Yo-yos were pretty popular when I was in high school (late 90s), but they were banned when the teachers realized that kids were using them as an excuse to "accidentally" hit people with them when doing tricks. It's the idiots that spoil all the fun!

a Tonggu Momma said...

We love these! We got them for my nephews a few years back when we were in China. I am totally impressed with David's tossing skills... it's a lot more difficult than it looks.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

I remember having eskimo yo yos as a kid. Seal skin and all.

jubilee said...

I'm convinced. Going to Amazon, right now!