Yo-yo world champion BLACK admits that the first time he picked up his instrument of choice, at age 14, he couldn’t figure out the simplest of tricks. But after a week of practice, he started to understand its movement and dynamics.
BLACK practiced for hours a day and, four years later, won the World Yo-Yo Contest. But when fame and fortune failed to follow, he put the yo-yo aside and studied to be a systems engineer.
In the end, though, he says couldn’t stay away. He won the World Yo-Yo Contest for a second time in 2007 and, from there, he hasn’t looked back, taking his unusual performance art all around the world.
“I wanted to show on stage how spectacular the yo-yo could be, to change the public image of the yo-yo,” he says. “What I’ve learned with the yo-yo is that if I make enough efforts with huge passion, there’s no impossible.”
After you’ve watched today’s talk — yo-yos swirling masterfully along to dramatic music — watch more videos of this yo-yo superstar in action. Starting with an incredible six-minute act.
If you only have 40 seconds, here’s a supercut of some of his greatest tricks.
Here, BLACK uses a yo-yo to pull a tablecloth off a table — without spilling a drop of water.
The routine that won BLACK the World Yo-Yo Contest in 2007.
And BLACK performs to Christopher Hardy’s “Breathing Light.”