Black Hops

Yo-Yo Trick

Black Hops Part 1:

The next trick we're going to do is called black hops. This is a really cool looking trick, it's really good for a crowd, it takes a lot of practice. Let me show you what it looks like first. Black hops starts with a triple or nothing which is going three times around your finger and your hopping it up and down the string every single time like so. That's the whole trick right there, that's black hops. What you want to do, we're going to teach you the first part. The first part start with a triple or nothing like so. So instead of a double or nothing which is what we've been doing, you're actually going to go 1, 2 and 3 times around. You can do this trick actually as many times as you want. For black hops we're doing it three. So it starts with a triple or nothing, like so and what you actually do is pop the yo-yo up and land it onto the string. So watch me here, the yo-yo pops up and lands onto that string, then you're going to pop it up and land it onto a double or nothing and you're going to pop it up and land again on that top string. You pop it up on a trapeze. That's the first whole part to black hops, it's hard, it takes a lot practice, but it's not especially complicated. So it's a good one to just keep practicing, eventually your brain will just get it. So one more time you triple or nothing, you pop it up onto that string, you only want it to hit on one string too, I started hitting on two strings. Another thing that's good to do is try and space it out, you want your fingers to have a loop out here, a loop in the middle and a loop towards the front. The more spaced out you have it, the more likely you'll be able to hit it, you pop, pop, pop, pop. One more time this is part one of black hops, looks like that when you get really smooth and flowing. Practice the pops, just takes practice. One more time, that's part one to black hops.

Black Hops Part 2:

This is part two to black hops. We showed you part one of black hops which is this movement. It starts with triple or nothing and it brings you back to a trapeze. I'll try that again. So from a trapeze the part to black hop looks like this and we're just going to start from a trapeze for now and we'll put it together at the end. You're actually popping the yo-yo up and shooting your finger down over the string like so. Ends you in kind of an awkward looking triple or nothing. You drop those fingers and roll out and you're back in a trapeze again. To do this, this is a little trickier going back up than it was going down. What you need to do is pop the yo-yo up and you take your throw hand pointer finger and you bring it down over the string. That yo-yo is going to land on that string and that's what causes it to start going up. Every time you start from trapeze, you pop it up and bring your finger down on the string. The second movement is the same thing, you're popping it up expect this time you're bringing your left pointer over the string and then you bring it up and up like so. Again, this is one that's not especially complicated, it just takes a lot of practice. So just take it from here, practice these movements, get them really flowing tune, practice getting your spacing out, that's one thing a lot of people have a hard time with when they're doing it. Make sure the strings are spaced well so when you do go to hit it you won't have any problems with it hitting more than one string. The whole trick together starts with a triple or nothing, bounce it all the way down, bounce it all the way up. That's the end of part two, put them together it's black hops.

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