Day 93 Part 2 – Brookline, MA

Posted in Daily Post, Events, Players, Yo-yos on November 24th, 2009 by Brandon Jackson

Eureka!

Jeff Coons joined Seth, Nate and I for or our second part of day 93 on tour. We had a tour stop in Brookline, Ma at Eureka Puzzles! But this was no ordinary tour stop. Eureka Puzzles had done a VERY good job of promoting our demo. Such a good job, that they had to book the Marriot across the street to hold the crowd! Once we arrived there were over 120 people in attendance ready to see what the Duncan Crew was bringin’. We performed demos and gave a seminar on yo-yo play, equipment, and competition. And after the educational experience, we taught the new players how to use their new Duncan yo-yos. We had a great time being with so many people ready to learn, and experience what yo-yoing is about.

Duncan Crew on the CBS Early Show Monday 11/23!!

Posted in Events, Media, Yo-yos on November 19th, 2009 by Brandon Jackson

Set those dvrs folks! The great Bob Rule along with Seth Peterson, Mark Hayward, Nate Sutter, and myself will be on the CBS Early Show on Monday morning! We’ll be talking about the 80 years of Duncan Toys and our favorite toy, the Duncan yo-yo.  Should be a good segment so make sure to tune in!

Dayton

Posted in Adventures, Daily Post, Events, Media, Uncategorized, Update, Yo-yos, crew, reflections on November 15th, 2009 by Seth Peterson

Dayton was a highlight in more than way. First, the demo spot was one of the most unique venues we’ve done so far. Crafty Hands is a “booth” at a local “farmer’s market”. Now, when we heard “booth” and “farmer’s market” we imagined organic apples and walking around outside doing demos. When we showed up we found ourselves in a large building at a storefront with a huge crowd. A lot of interest in yo-yos and a lot of interesting people hanging out, ready to learn how to throw.

The other highlight was being able to spend time with one of my closest friends, Joey Fleshman. I’ve known Joey since 2004 and he’s been present at some of the most poignant times of my life. He’s now at Virgina Military Institute on his way to being a nuclear engineer. As always, I cherished the time i got to spend with him, and wished it could have been longer.

Woodstock!

Posted in Daily Post, Events, Players, Yo-yos on November 12th, 2009 by Brandon Jackson

Today we had the opportunity to spend some time with Bob Rule at his place before heading to our demo at Learning Express in Woodstock. Bob has one amazing collection with stories to match each and every yo-yo. It’s easy to lose track of time and spend hours talking with him and looking over his relics of yesteryear that yoyoing has brought to him.
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Bob decided to join us for our demo later that day, which was a blast. Several local yo-yo players showed up to hang out with us as well. Having Doug Grice, Jim Panky, and Bob Rule by your side is a guarantee to have a good time.  The crowd gathered, and they loved us.

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It was truly a great day in Georgia.  After a quick photo op with local guys and the van, we headed to a great dinner. Boy, I sure am going to miss Atlanta!

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Day 81 – History Lesson

Posted in Adventures, Daily Post, Events, Players on November 11th, 2009 by Jack Ringca

Some people are legends and they don’t even know it. We did a demo at the Buford, Georgia Toys R Us and who shows up to throw and demo with us?…..BOB RULE! On the serious, this was one of the greatest gifts that life as ever bestowed upon me and I can’t say enough cool things about him or the experience. The man is so smooth and interesting. He has stories for days and is a true living yo-yo history museum. We are so excited that we intend to dedicate an entire blog post just to his majesty. Keep an eye out for that.

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In other news on this demo, Atlanta local, Randy Jansen came out to throw with us along with Uri Gotschalk and Steven Kinder from Tallahassee. It’s awesome to see people taking road trips just to meet up with us on the tour. We love it and it makes everything seem more like a rock show than a toy store demo. It’s everything these tours is supposed to be.

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Another really cool thing about the Buford demo was that we also had more kids with a serious fire in their belly to learn. Ethan Shaw is a tiny beast that will be so much better than us when he grows up. Simply put, nothing beats a kid that thinks that yo-yos are head and shoulders above his handheld video games and is nowhere near afraid to tell the world about it. That, my friends, is where awesome comes from.JackTeaches

This demo was a real history lesson. We had nearly every generation of American player there and we all had a great time relating to each other over the timeline that we share. Timeless. It’s not a word, it’s a lifestyle.

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Like Dolby Said

Posted in Adventures, Clubs, Daily Post, Events on November 11th, 2009 by Jack Ringca

We did two back to back Science Center/Museum demos in two different cities. Adventure Science Center in Nashiville, TN and McWane Science Center in Brimingham, AL. It’s way too cool to be a part of this tour.

Nashville first. We met up with all the Team Chaotix club at the Adventure Science Center and we had one blast of a time. Brandon Jackson and Mark Allen can rally the troops like nobody’s business. We had a huge turn out of players and non players alike. The best part is that as we rounded out the demo it seemed that everyone ended the day a player. Since we had an army of club members, it was easy to get everyone involved and get nearly every person who entered the museum a yoyo on their finger and some personal attention and instruction. It was cool to have the support and enthusiasm of the Nashville players and it was fantastic to trade tricks and stories with them during our time in the city. They know how to make it awesome.

McWane Science Center in Birmingham did not disappoint. We had a few solid players show up(big ups to Brian Wright) and the staff was fantastic. I loved seeing the excitement in the room and the dedication that some of the players showed. I saw kids learn tricks so fast that it made my head spin. Felix is one heck of a teacher and he seriously flexed that skill on this one. I can only hope that I eventually get the touch for teaching that he has and demonstrates.

When it comes down to it, it’s nothing but fun being in science museums teaching yoyo tricks and finding new and interesting concepts to apply to yoyo/spin tops/juggling. It’s like being a part of some sort of year 3000 amusement park. The Futurists would be proud.

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I saw the light.

Posted in Events, Players, reflections on November 8th, 2009 by Jack Ringca

We had a chance to see what is called the “Mother Church of Country Music”, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. This was also a huge stop to see anything and everything about Roy Acuff. On the surface, this may sound like just another Jack Ringca music geek blog but, the honest truth is that this was all about the down home history of american yoyo.

The Ryman is arguably the most remembered and most beloved home of the Grand Ole Opry, and Acuff was a member of the Opry cast starting in 1938 and continuing on for about the next forty years. He was the first person inducted into the Country Music Hall of fame and through it all, Roy threw a mean yo-yo. Not only could he throw, he also kept the yo-yo as a primary part of his act on up through the end of his life.
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When we entered the Ryman, we were greeted by a bronze statue of Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl. Even the statue of Roy has been detailed with a yo-yo string hanging out of his pocket. And there are periodically Acuff tribute shows that involve yo-yos as well as music at the Ryman.
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Only adding the yo-yo history of the Ryman and Acuff, this was the place that Roy gave a yo-yo lesson to then president, Richard Nixon. This is still some of the most sought after and licensed footage from the archives of the Opry. It also led to Acuff’s Nixon autographed yo-yo becoming the most expensive yo-yo ever purchased at $16,029.00 during Acuff’s estate auction.
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I was also given the chance to sing on the stage that Acuff and so many greats(new and old) have stood, sang and played. It was humbling, to say the least. There is nothing like the sound of a great hall to make your voice sound like it has real strength. I didn’t want it to end.
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As a sign of respect, we also visited the grave of Roy Acuff and felt it was the right thing to do to leave a yo-yo instead of flowers to a man that did so much for music, culture and yo-yo awareness. It was a heavy experience and completely worth it. A big thank you goes out to Mark Allen for being our guide at the Ryman and the auditorium management and staff. They made it an incomparable experience.
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The outer border of falling in love

Posted in Daily Post, Events, Players, Update on November 2nd, 2009 by Jack Ringca

Parting is such sweet sorrow. This morning, we had to see Hank off back to Mantua, OH. He’ll be miss like crazy but, Seth and I will carry on and make him proud. He definitely made a lot of things happen out here.
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Shifting gears, the next gig was on Halloween! Fancy fun times! We found ourselves in San Marcos, TX at the super good time factory known as Paper Bear. I knew Carol and Kathy(who run the place) were super fun people as soon as we rolled up. They had their costumes on and were already getting the party started. Thanking them in words doesn’t begin to express the gratitude they deserve for what they do in that community. They make it happen and it’s the coolest.
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We had the demo up and running and before you knew it, things got REAL! Kyle Weems showed up and did some diaboloing, talked yoyo engineering and yoyoing along with us. The crowd grew. A young player named Sam MArtin shows up and blows the doors off the place with some high level play. The crowd grows more. Tom Cunningham shows up with quite possibly the best quality vintage duncan collection I have seen in years.(outside of lucky’s guiness record collection and the national yoyo museum). The crowd grows and gets ten times cooler. And then it all breaks loose when World Fixed Tip Spin Top Champion: Jorge Alcoz shows up. Nothing is bigger.
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These guys really made the demo one of the most educational experiences any of us had seen. We traded ideas. We got to throw tangible history. We saw the work of masters and masters at work. It is the kind of thing that makes even the best/most accomplished players humbled.
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After we wrapped the demo, we took as many as people as would come with us to lunch. We kept up with the sharing of tricks, tips and ideas and then we were joined by Austin/San Marcos, TX player Travis Owens. Another next level player that really should be respected by many if not all. It was just cool to be in that environment. I have to imagine that this is what it was like to be an artist during the golden age of paris or a psychedelic rocker during the high times at haight ashbury. I hope everyone everywhere is making the most of the yoyo scene that is bubbling under the surface. It’s way too fantastic not to.

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Murky Waters. Clearly Awesome.

Posted in Clubs, Daily Post, Events, Update on November 2nd, 2009 by Jack Ringca

Momentum carries us through this thing and sometimes, we have no idea that it’s on our side. We got up for our second and final day in Houston super pumped from the previous day’s events. Sometimes, lightning strikes twice.

We got out of the hotel and ran off to pick up Marie again and then off to the gulf to show the mid-westerners the ocean. We did some interesting stuff with playground equipment(more on that later), Hank did a backflip from a swing and Marie took pictures of the Atlantic for the folks back home. It’s just so cool to have extended family around. A little bit of a woman’s presence in the van keeps things a little more civil as well. Besides, she is a really cool girl and we had an enlightening conversation about world events and history on the way to lunch and then to the gig. It’s not every day that we get that out of life.
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We went on over to our next demo and it was instantly cool. We had been warned that The ladies at the Learning Express in Cypress TX had spirit in spades. The warnings were well deserved. I cannot begin to tell you the energy level that runs through that store. Enthusiasm, heart and excitement are easy to come by. We were welcomed by a reporter from the Houston Chronicle who interviewed us for an upcoming feature and one amped staff. They were soon joined by an equally rambunctious audience of kids and the demo was on fire. The store quickly sold out of their fanciest Duncan yo-yos and had to restock a few times to keep up. The excitement only set up the mood for bigger things and bigger things came for sure!
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Now, not only does the Houston, TX area have one up and coming club, it has two. We discussed with the owners of the Cypress, TX Learning Express and the Cypress Yo-Yo Club was born. The ladies that run that shop have SERIOUS spirit and hopefully they will keep the home fires burning for yo-yos for years to come. So, yo-yo players, stop by this shop any time you can. They are all up for supporting the scene and they could easily become a destination for players from all around. DuncanCrew.org club finder is your friend.
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Knowing that you’ve set some hearts ablaze with a love for Duncan and Yo-yos is the best send off a city could ever provide. We can’t thank the Houston area enough. Thank you thank you thank you.
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you guys wanna see a trick?

Posted in Adventures, Daily Post, Events, Media, Update, Yo-yos, crew on October 29th, 2009 by Jack Ringca

VIVA AUSTIN! Every place on the planet earth should be this cool(to be fair, some of them are). We started out our first full day here with a morning show appearance on KTBC channel 7. Of course, being on TV is always pretty cool but, this one had a little extra cool to it. When we got there, the first thing that hit me was that they have a really interesting green room. The entire room was set up with Japanese horror movie posters and post cards. I super love Japanese horror films and so, it was more like what I want my bedroom to look like than being in a green room for a TV studio. As for on air, the post shows all the details. Definitely check it out. Joe and Katherine were awesome.

After that, me and the boys went over to Toy Joy and it is everything I imagine a toy store is as an adult child. This is a must see place here in Austin. The outside of the store alone, is a sight to behold. The place is covered in really cool paint and murals and has a stock of some of the quirkiest import toys from around the world. They also have a fantastic staff and a sull service vegan ice cream and soda shop. So hip it hurts and it hurts SO GOOD! Some great kids and adults alike, came out to see the demo and learn a few tricks. On top of all of that Seth fell in love and I got a new best friend. Unfortunately, we had to hustle on out of there to the next demo. I would have liked to spend more time with the staff and store. I intend to make it out there again just to hang out.
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Then it was off to a suburb of Austin with perhaps the coolest name I have ever heard: Bee Cave, Texas. The name alone makes me want to move there. It sounds so fancy and dangerous. Holy cow! I had no idea that there were this many kids around that are committed to the idea of learning to play yoyo. The demo was super crowded and we had so many players that wanted to learn that we were short a few yoyos. A big thanks goes out to everyone that had the patience to share and learn together. This is definitely what the spirit of yoyo play is all about and what we want to see in a community. What a successful demo and what an inspiring crowd of young kids. So much fun to be had. It really was over too soon. Thanks goes to Mike and Lisa Schlageter.
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