Day 96 – Last Day Of Tour

Posted in Adventures, Daily Post, Players, Yo-yos on November 30th, 2009 by Brandon Jackson

We started our last  day with a news spot in Hartford Connecticut on local news Fox 61. After our last news spot of the tour, we got to spend some of our day with the Yo-Yo People!

If you aren’t familiar with the Yo-Yo People, they are world renowned entertainers John and Rebecca Higby. And the newest addition to the yo-yo people, Theodore Rocket Higby!

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John and Rebecca have traveled the globe entertaining and bringing the world of yo-yo to kids and grownups alike. They are also 2008 Guinness World Record Holders, and the winners of the artistic performance division of the  2008 World Yo-Yo Contest! Did I mention that John has his own special edition FH Zero? I could go on all day about how awesome John, Rebecca, and Theodore Rocket are.

Getting to spend some of our last day on tour with them was not only a treat, it was an honor.

Thanks for having us guys!

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The Last Demo – The Toy Room!

Posted in Daily Post, Uncategorized, Yo-yos on November 29th, 2009 by Brandon Jackson

After hundreds of demos, news spots, new friends, new yo-yo players, new experiences, and more..the tour comes down to this last demo.

We had the honor of making our last stop at The Toy Room in Bethel Connecticut. We had such a great audience filled with grown ups and kids alike ready to learn about the history of the Duncan yo-yo, and learn how to play yo-yo like the pros. It was one of my favorite stops on tour so far. The staff of The Toy Room, and the locals that came to watch and hang out were some of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure to meet. It could be that this was our last stop, but something about this stop made me feel like a kid again.. But I’m going to credit it to the fine folks at The Toy Room. Hopefully we’ll get to stop in again soon!

After the demo we were able to visit A2Z Toys in Northampton Massachusetts where Duncan Pro Nate Sutter learned most of his fancy yo-yo moves. A2Z is owned and operated by Jack Finn who has ran the A2Z yo-yo club for over 11 years now. After spending some time at A2Z we had dinner with National Yo-Yo Master Andre Boulay and his awesome wife Dev. They run the instructional website YoYoExpert.com which is also a retailer of Duncan yo-yos!

Tomorrow we have our final news spot, and the journey back home begins.

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Stellabella Toys

Posted in Daily Post, Players, Uncategorized, Yo-yos on November 28th, 2009 by Brandon Jackson

Our demo at Stellabella Toys in Dedham Massachusetts today was way fun. Not only did we have several seasoned yo-yo players show up, but Jeff Coons joined us as well! The parents were full of Duncan love today too! One dad brought his Imperial that he had as a child and when he started throwing the smiles were endless. It’s always great to see the parents who loved yo-yoing as a child helping get their kids into it. My grandfather taught me some of the basics when I was young with his green Imperial, so to see it happening with another father and son takes me back.

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Yo, Yo, Yo Merrryyy Christmas.

Posted in Daily Post, Uncategorized, Yo-yos on November 27th, 2009 by Brandon Jackson

What has a ferris wheel, three floors of toys, a life size T-Rex, and Santa’s Duncan Elves?

Give up? Answer: Times Square Toys R Us on Black Friday!

Thats right, its the day after Thanksgiving which means its officially the Holiday season. Today was a blast, being in New York City for the busiest shopping day of the year may sound scary, but it was super fun! Toys R Us was slammed with people scratching  off their holiday shopping list 1 Duncan yo-yo at a time and the Duncan elves were on hand  explaining the difference between Speed Beetles, Pulses, Dragonflys, Butterflys, Imperials, and Freehands.

After the demo we did a little NYC Christmas shopping ourselves, then it was back to Boston where we picked up Jeff Coons!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted in Daily Post, Uncategorized on November 26th, 2009 by Brandon Jackson

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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Buttonwood Books and Toys

Posted in Daily Post, Uncategorized, Yo-yos on November 23rd, 2009 by Brandon Jackson

Today we had a demo in Cohassett Massachusetts!

Buttonwood Books and Toys celebrated their 20th anniversary with us today! And we celebrated our 80th with them! Lots of local’s came out to check out what the Duncan Crew was all about, and we showed em’! They even had special 20th anniversary Duncan yo-yos made to give away to their visitors. And everyone made sure to grab one.

I think towards the end of the tour we’re starting to get better and better parking spaces, check out the one we got at Buttonwood!

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Times Square is awesome!!

Posted in Daily Post, Uncategorized, Yo-yos on November 21st, 2009 by Brandon Jackson

Today was our Times Square Toys R Us Demo!
The Times Square Toys R Us is INSANE! It has animatronic dinosaurs, a ferris wheel, and today, it had Duncan Yo-Yo Professionals!
Nate, Seth, and myself were on hand today in Time Square to show Toys R Us customers what yo-yoing is all about. Huge shoutout to Andrew, Chinam, Adam, John, Tim, Bergy for coming out! We also had a special visit by George Malko the author of one of the best yo-yo history books there has ever been titled “The One And Only Yo-Yo Book”.

During our lunch break we decided to go outside and take some photos of ourselves in action, and we even drew an awesome New York City audience in the middle of Time Square!

And if you missed us today, we’ll be back on the day after Thanksgiving (Friday).
Click through the gallery below to see some of the awesome shots!

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Day 85 – Philadelphia!

Posted in Daily Post, Players, Uncategorized, Yo-yos on November 19th, 2009 by Brandon Jackson

After eating a late breakfast at a Philadelphia Diner Mark, Seth and I headed to our demo at Toys R Us. Where Danny Severance, and Kyle Dixon came to hang out with us. Kyle also brought one of Landon Balk’s custom 1970’s Duncan Butterfly’s with him. These things are super awesome as they feature a ball bearing modification to make it play like some of the newer Duncan gear. After the demo we had hit the road fast. See you soon New York City!

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Yo-Yo Joes!

Posted in Clubs, Daily Post, Players, Uncategorized, Yo-yos on November 18th, 2009 by Brandon Jackson

Today was a blast!

Getting to check out Joe Mitchell’s new store “Yo-Yo Joes” was such a fun time. Joe Mitchell has been a part of the yo-yo community for as long as I can remember. His family owned and operated a local toy/hobby shop called “Mitchells Toys Trains & Hobbies” until it closed last year. But Joe was quick to open his own store which specializes in what he loves, TOYS!

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Mitchell’s was known amongst the yo-yo community as home of the Mitchell’s Yo-Yo Club where players such as Tyler Severance, Tressley Cahill, Jon Rob, Danny Severance, Justin Weber and more gathered to trade tricks, and talk yo-yo with their friends on a weekly basis. This tradition still lives at Joe’s new shop! Along with their “Wall Of Fame” program. Myself along with Mark Hayward got to join the wall last night after completing the wall of fame trick list!

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It’s an honor to see my mug shot on the wall amongst the other players, and to get to meet some of the other wall of famer’s.

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Thanks for having us Joe!

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Port of Discovery

Posted in Uncategorized on November 16th, 2009 by Seth Peterson

I’ll be honest, we didn’t know what to expect when we walked into the Port of Discovery Children’s Museum, It was wall to wall kids. Running, screaming and playing around on a jungle gym of tubes and installations. But we quickly found a group of local yo-yoers waiting for our arrival so we knew we were in the right place.

One thing we always look forward to at demos is hanging out and meeting local players. We’d never heard much about the Baltimore area so seeing a whole group of yo-yo players hanging in the front of the museum was an awesome find. And they were some really good players, not to mention really fun guys. They call their yo-yo club the “Maryland Yo-Yo Schnobs”. But dont let the name fool you, they were some super awesome, and nice guys. The demo flew by and before we knew it, it was time to leave. We’ll miss you guys!