The Chinese YoYo is an ancient toy developed in China. The earliest examples of the toy were found to be from the Ming Dynasty. It is comprised of two identical discs attached together by an axle at the centre. Two sticks with a piece of string attached to the ends of the sticks are also required to use the toy. The yoyo is used by holding a stick in each hand while spinning the yoyo on the string attached to the sticks. The Chinese yoyo, also known as a diabolo, is used in a number of ethnic Chinese dances. It is also used by many jugglers as a tool to further enhance their performances. There are many tricks that can be accomplished using the toy. It can be thrown around the user’s back or flung up into the air and catching it on the string as it falls back down. Similar to a regular yoyo, this toy works by using the principle of gyroscopic rotation to maintain a stable spin.
A Chinese yoyo is traditionally made using bamboo. The problem with bamboo is that it tends to break easily so it cannot withstand repeated tricks over time. The modern versions of the toy are usually made with durable plastics that can survive repeated use over the years. The sticks used for the yoyo, however, are still commonly made of wood.
There are many tricks that can be accomplished using this toy and the simplest of them is making the yoyo accelerate. This can be done by using a technique called the open string drive where the yoyo is accelerated by moving the tow sticks up and down. A more difficult method of accelerating a yoyo is by using what is called a closed string drive. Here, users will have to wrap the string around the yoyo then moving the sticks. This can accelerate the yoyo even faster than by using an open string drive. Other tricks include the toss and catch, the elevator, the stick grind, the waterfall, the wrap and escape and the swing. There are also advanced level tricks like the Cicada, the suicide and around the world. These tricks take a while to learn and lots of practice is required to perfect them.
There are also variations of the toy that have appeared over the years. One such variation is called the single bell. This version only has one bell which makes the toy unstable. This version is also more difficult to use.