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The following sources are recommended by an expert whose research specialty is the yo-yo.


Six Superlative Sources

· American Yo-Yo Association (AYYA).

· American Yo-Yo Hall of Fame.

· History of the Yo-Yo. This report by Valerie Oliver of Spintastics Skill Toys is one of the best of the many yo-yo histories and includes the history of Duncan, the earliest American manufacturer of yo-yos and tops.

· Lucky's Collectors Guide to 20th Century Yo-Yos...History and Values. This book by John "Lucky" Meisenheimer about yo-yo collecting, complete with prices, is the best of its kind. The associated web site is a must to visit if you are interested in yo-yos.

· Mr. Yo-Yo's Home on the Web. Bob Rule's web site has some good pictures of players from the '50s and '60s and before, other interesting historical information, links to other sites, and reports from the world championships.

· National Yo-Yo Contest and Museum. This museum in Chico, California, is "the world's largest public display of yo-yos and contest history" and is also the site of the annual U.S. National Yo-Yo Contest held the first Saturday of October.

Other Excellent Sources

· Bob's Land O'Yo. According to its author, Bob Bowden, this is "the most comprehensive source of yo-yo links available on the net."

· Museum of Yo-Yo History, by David W. Hall, provides information about yo-yo memorabilia, patents, auctions, links, and more.

· Dennis McBride's Web Site. A must visit, this site has some great videos. Dennis is a National Yo-Yo Grand Master and a great writer.

· Duncan Toys Company. The web site for the famous Duncan yo-yo manufacturing company, which held a trademark on the term "Yo-Yo" until 1965 and was the corporate promoter of the first yo-yo contests.

· How Yo-Yos Work. According to this article by Tom Harris, "The yo-yo is...older than any other toy except the doll."

· Infinite Illusions. This site is the best mail-order site for yo-yos and also hosts the annual World Yo-Yo Contest held the first weekend in August in Orlando, Florida.

· Ken's World on a String, by Ken Wong, is one of the best yo-yo trick sites with descriptions, photos, videos, and other information pertaining to the yo-yo.

· Learn Cool Tricks by studying's collection of online videos.

· World on a String: The How-To Yo-Yo Book, by Helane Zeiger, is a great book from 1979 that has been reprinted by popular demand.

· Yo Yo Man Tommy Smothers. Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers entertainment duo probably did more than anyone to revive the yo-yo fad and keep it alive.

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