Dazzling Dave the Yo-Yo Man

Dazzling Dave teaches with his yo-yo show

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
Dazzling Dave the Yo-yo Man brought his fast-  paced yo-yo show to the Big Lake Public Library Wednesday. About 40 young people and their parents attended.
Dave never dreamed when he picked up a friend’s yoyos as a diversion from the pressure of final exams in college that one day, the yoyos would take him all around the world, but that is exactly what happened.
A former middle school teacher, Dave Schulte found a different way to teach students about science and physical education with his bag of yo-yo tricks, tips and entertainment.
“Yo-yo isn’t easy but it’s fun,” said Dazzling Dave, as he demonstrated freestyle to music. “If the yo-yo isn’t spinning, it’s not a trick. It has to start in your hand and come back to your hand. It is not safe to just swing them around.”
The very first yo-yo was made of wood in 1928, Dave said. These days they are made of polycarbonate with a wooden axle. A good yo-yo should unscrew. “Never tie a yo-yo string on with a knot,” said Dazzling Dave. “It won’t work. Just loop it on. The correct length for a yo-yo string is from the ground to the belly button.”
“The Brain is one of the best yoyos for beginners, third grade and up,” Dave said. “It has springs inside and a clutch, but it won’t work unless you throw it properly. That is, straight.”
For the more advanced yoyoist, a yo-yo called the Escape comes with ball bearings inside. Yoyos range in price from $7 to $150 for some of the more advanced models, Dave said. His most advanced yo-yo was a friction-free or non-responsive yo-yo.
“It takes a long time to learn yo-yo tricks,” Dazzling Dave said. “But after you practice for a while you develop muscle memory and it gets easier.”
Dazzling Dave demonstrated tricks like walk the dog, rock the baby, the Great Wall, the Eifel Tower, around the world, hop the fence, the man on the flying trapeze  and what he says is the most difficult trick in the world, the Darth Vader.
Dave called up a member of the audience, Gavin, to perform a trick based on the story of William Tell, who shot an arrow off his son’s head using a crossbow. In this case, Dave rested a poker chip on Gavin’s ear and knocked it off with a yo-yo while Gavin stood very still.
“I am in the Guiness Book of World Records for knocking quarters off people’s ears,” Dazzling Dave said.
Dazzling Dave is one of  16 nationally recognized yo-yo masters and the only one in the Upper Midwest. Students learn about the science of spinning and centrifugal force, eye hand coordination and fundamentals of physics. 
Dazzling Dave lives in Minnesota with his wife, Kim, their two children, Eric and Kate, and his collection of over 1,500 yo-yos from around the world.
“I’ll bet there are lots of books in the library that will tell you about the physics of yoyos,” said Dazzling Dave. His performance at the library was funded by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Legacy Foundation


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