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The Amazing Yo-Yo - Ross Olney
Exhibit #2542
OwnerRick Brough

Before instructional videos on VHS, DVD, or Blu-Ray, and long before the advent of digital video cameras and YouTube, you typically learned yo-yo tricks one of two ways: either from watching a demonstrator at a contest, or by studying a trick book. Regarding the latter form, Ross Robert Olney's "The Amazing Yo-Yo" was one of the few trick books that both showed basic and advanced tricks in photographic form and also described them in word form. Today, the book is a classic instructional volume on yo-yo play. You can occasionally find it in used book stores with ex-public library "Discard" stamps in them. New versions are harder to find. This is the book I used to learn Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, otherwise known as two-handed Texas Star and one hand Texas Star.

Mr. Olney is using a Duncan "World Class" yo-yo on the book's cover. A very innovative and advanced yo-yo design for its time. The yo-yo was released the same year the book was released.
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