Day 18 – Minnesota Part 2

Posted in Clubs, Daily Post, Players, Update, Yo-yos on September 13th, 2009 by Emil Lamprecht

We’ve continued our busy streak today and as a result are both happy and dog tired. James and Nate are both snoring so loud right now the lamp shade next to me is vibrating. Its hard core! Case in point, we’ve been running around and I’m ready to pass out but want to share with you how cool today was first.

We had a total of three gigs today. First was our appearance on the internet streaming yo-yo show, String Burn Live! I got to meet Josh last night who is super cool and met Sean (the co-host) when we arrived at the studio this morning. It was a really fun morning despite (if you were watching) the little trouble getting broadcast going. They brought me on to do the interview and then Nate taught Sean his very own Sutter Copter for the tutorial segment.

When we were done with our segments on the show we ran out of there and rushed to the Southdale Mall for our first demonstration of the day. Our second was at the same store brand but this time the Burnsville mall. Both of today’s demos were at Games by James stores and though the two malls they were in were reasonably close to each other, they were very different demos and stores. Both went well however and the staff at both were cool people. Again I was pleasantly surprised at how many players showed up! We had a different crew of players to hang out with at both gigs and they, as always, added a lot of pizzaz to our presence and made it REALLY fun for us.

Today we also had Dave Schulte with us, who when it comes to random interaction in hallway malls I’m not sure you can get better than this guy. Super outgoing, on point and driven the whole day through, it was nice for us to have someone we could feed a little energy off of when we felt sluggish.

Our last stop of the day was the College of the Easily Amused, a big yo-yo club that meets in a cafe in the South West quadrant of Minneapolis. Here we saw again pretty much every player we had run into the past couple days plus some more. It was a great time just hanging out, taking pictures, video, playing yo-yo, juggling, etc etc etc. Great finish to a long active day, check out the pics!

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Day 13 – Whoa, what a Labor Day!

Posted in Adventures, Daily Post, Events, Update, Yo-yos, crew, juggling on September 7th, 2009 by Emil Lamprecht

Just… wow… no really, just wow. What an awesome day to be Duncan. Today we were featured in a parade, and had a troupe of 8 kids in Duncan shirts with us, and did a show in a park, and had a booth during the street fair/second parade outside this awesome toy store, and everyone was really cool and I juggled and yo-yoed a lot and we signed tons of autographs and ate pizza and hung out with cool kids and blasted music out of the van, and then drove to Chicago.

Phew! I am EXHAUSTED.

There really is very little, and yet SO MUCH to be said aside from that paragraph of ramblings. We had an early start to get up to Romeo and in line for the parade. We were met by a troupe of excited kids and the owners of the fantastic little toy store (Party Maniacs) in the middle of town. After hanging out in the line up for about an hour we revved up the engine, turned up the music, and rolled down the parade route. It was fantastic. It was hard to get video and pictures because I had to drive the van, but Nate rocked his 8 foot string and Jake 2a-ed his way down the road. Between that, the kids, the van and the music I’d say we not only were completely different than other floats, but twice as cool.

We followed up the parade with a show in a small park a block off the main drag and then moved straight away into setting up our booth outside the toy store. The crowds were massive throughout the day, and we talked to so many interested and interesting people I have trouble realizing it was all in one day.

At the end of the day we packed up, took our last pictures and said farewell to our hosts, the kids and Jake. After cutting through some massive outgoing traffic we got on the road to Chicago, and that is where I write to you from now. We even nailed a nice hotel for cheap right downtown!

Tomorrow we find ourselves in the Sky Deck of the Willis Tower (formerly the better known “Sears Tower”). And then a downtown store by the name of Building Blocks. We’re competing… or maybe colaborating with Operah’s 24th Annual Block Party, so if nothing else it will be a VERY interesting day. If you’re in the Chicago area, come join us!

… but really, awesome day. Check out the pictures. They are only some of the 400+ I took today!

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Day 11 – Oh Michigan How We Love You

Posted in Clubs, Daily Post, Events, Yo-yos, crew, juggling on September 6th, 2009 by Emil Lamprecht

I may have left the house stressed this morning, but wow what a good day. After quickly getting yesterday’s blog post up we jumped in the van and shot off towards Genuine Toy Company in Plymouth, MI. Genuine Toys is a new mom-and-pop toy store that’s only been open a few weeks, and let me tell you, these are awesome people. The owners, the staff and everyone who stopped by to interact with us were fantastic. For what was predicted as a quiet Sunday morning turned into an action packed fun 2 hours that blew by.

We were having so much fun we almost lost track of time and had to pack up in a hurry to take off for the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, which is essentially another awesome children’s museum. Our contact there was afraid it would be really slow because it was such a beautiful day outside, but between PA announcements and attracting attention from being near the entrance we gathered crowds for two 15-20 minute shows.

We got a lot of milage out of having Jake with us. A local, a great player, and 7+ minute of organized presentation was perfect for the start of the show, followed by exploring the five styles with Nate, and 5-10 minutes of juggling presentation from myself. It was all excellently well received, and we left the museum tired and happy.

We left the museum and started brain storming ways to infiltrate the GIANT crowd headed to the first University of Michigan Football game of the season. We ended up driving around and admiring the mayhem until we found this great drag where everyone was walking down towards the stadium. We drove down it twice blasting music, and the second time I had the guys walk on either side of the van looping and interacting with people. It was rowdy, and silly and fun.

To finish off our day we decided to go back to Genuine Toys. Why? Because we had a ton of fun there! The best part was the sign they had on the door when we got back, check out the pictures! We casually set up again upon arrival and though the evening did not supply much foot traffic, we hung out with the staff again, and I had possibly the best juggling practice since EJC in Spain this summer. Truly awesome.

After a home grilled meal at the Maloney’s we’re now trading tricks, editing vids, and hanging out. Michigan is treating us well. Tomorrow we hit Detroit for a few hours in their Science Center (1-3pm) come join us if you can.

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Day 10 – Good Bye Indiana

Posted in Adventures, Daily Post, Update, Yo-yos, crew on September 5th, 2009 by Emil Lamprecht

Hey guys,

sorry this post goes up a little late. We ended up without internet once we arrived at our new location. But now you’ve been waiting with baited breath for 4 hours while I slept and its twice as exciting! :-p

Anyway, yesterday was our last day in Indianapolis. I can’t thank Takeshi enough for showing us such a great time. Not only do I feel like I learned a lot from him, but it was great to be sleeping in a house instead of a hotel and have someone who knew the area well enough that Nate and I weren’t struggling to find locations, good food, or people. He also taught me a few new tricks, and I’m happy to say I can actually hit them!

I spent the morning working but wrapped up quickly so we could attend our gig from 12-3 at the Indiana State Museum. It was a calm demo, but we were out on the canal boardwalk and would get spurts of 5-10 people every few minutes. In the end we actually spoke to a LOT of people and I was surprised by the end how tired we were from demoing almost constantly for 3 hours. It was also really nice to be outside enjoying the great weather. Overall a pretty great demo! Of course, we were additionally graced by the presence of Lord Buffington himself, and its official folks, his grace will be joining us for Illinois and and Minnesota.

Perhaps the best part of yesterday though was Mary! Mary is the sister of our Czech Republic crew leader, Korda. Both Takeshi and I new her from various time spent in Prague and she’s now studying in Indianapolis for 5 months. It was so great to see her and meet some of her friends. We all caught up over post-demo milkshakes, a definite two-thumbs up.

Demo and milkshakes done, we ran back to Takeshi’s to exchange various files from our time in Indy, wash the bug juice off the van, pack up and then head north to Michigan. We finally got to meet Takeshi’s wife too! Super cool lady who can make a mean late, whoa. In the end, saying goodbye Takeshi was really sad, we had such a good time, and couldn’t leave without taking some farewell pictures. See below.

We’re now at Jake Maloney’s place (awesome house, I slept in a n awesome bed) and prepping for our two gigs today – Genuine Toy Company in Plymouth from 10-12, and then the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum from 1-3. Its a beautiful Saturday so stop on by and show us some Duncan Love!

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