Mark Hayward learned this trick from a Canadian yo-yo player in 1992 at the International Jugglers Association annual convention in Montreal. He doesn’t know who that guy was, but since then Mark has taught this trick to yo-yoers around the world.
What’s better than one yo-yo trick? Two tricks in one!
This is a nice kendama trick that is in your reach it you can already land the ball in a cup.
Perhaps the most magical of all yo-yo tricks.
This trick is traditionally done with a metal bottlecap, but those are pretty scarce these days. Plastic caps work almost as well, plus there is less risk of cutting up your fingers.
Put that finger to good use for a change.
Pro tips: 1) There has to be a hole in the crown of your top. 2) You have to either wet your finger to reduce friction, or have really slick dry skin. This was filmed on a humid day; you may be able to get more rotation in drier conditions.
Your mom will be proud.
Get that ball out and start practicing!
Mark Hayward has invented several spin top tricks, but this is the one he’s most well-known for in the spin top community. Yes, that’s a real thing.
1) You can only do this trick with a top that has a totally smooth low-friction surface (no tape), and doesn’t have anything dangerous like the Duncan string groove, or crown tabs that can catch your fingers.
2) It’s WAY easier with long nails. Depending on your finger shape and skin stickiness, it may not be possible to do this trick without nails.
Koma is the japanese word for top. They are a different shape than the tops typically used by people in the Americas.
Pro tip: It takes a lot of time and practice to learn a good, strong snap start.