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Chop Sticks
Chop sticks thumb mount bad example
Trick also known as
Type of Trick String
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Chop sticks tricks are string tricks, that are done between the fingers of one hand. There are quite a number of mounts possible. Chop sticks mounts are often transitioned to standard two-handed mounts, so there are few tricks that can be classified as pure chop sticks tricks. Originally the Thumb Mount was intended as a picture trick (see infobox). However, a whole set of string tricks utilizing one handed mounts were developed afterwards.

Thumb Mount

This is the basic Chop Sticks mount.

  1. Do a trapeze.
  2. Put your freehand thumb onto the string.
  3. Bounce the yo-yo up over your thumb and land it on the segment between thumb and index finger. Alternatively, you can also land on both strings.
  4. To dismount, lengthen the mount by giving it string with your throw hand. Put your throw hand finger into the string (third picture) and pop the yo-yo out of the loop. Now swing it into a normal Double or Nothing and dismount.
Chop sticks thumb mount1

Step 2: Thumb on string

Chop sticks thumb mount2

Step 3: Thumb Mount

Chop sticks thumb mount dismount

Step 4: Dismount

Video: 1A - Chopsticks Thumb Mount
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19tfigWsyPQ
Comment Nice tutorial by Gerard Amento, showing the thumb mount and a dismount into trapeze.
Video: Chopsticks Tut
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF7fpNYZ2IM
Comment Another fine tutorial about the thumb mount. Moves are the same as in the Gerard Amento video.
Video: Thumb Mount (Chopsticks Tutorial)
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CesjKNmZwUA
Comment Another video about the thumb mount, this time with another dismount. Why he uses white string and a white background is beyond me.
Video: Chopsticks 1
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozwQW_b5wRs
Comment basic combo, starting from the thumb mount.

Double or Nothing

This is basically the same thing as with two hands, except, that it is done not between your two index fingers, but between the index finger and thumb of the freehand.

  1. Start like a trapeze, but instead of landig on the string, continue around your freehand thumb.
  2. Continue around your freehand index finger again.
  3. Land on string between index finger and thumb.
Video: Chopsticks 2or0 (Chopsticks Tutorial)
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAAWJxQFM2M
Comment Tutorial including dismount.

The Metronome

The Metronome is an advanced trick done from a Thumb Mount. The effect is, that the yo-yo is swung from hand to hand in a perpetual motion.

  1. Swing the yo-yo from the thumb mount (while droppig the thumb loop) into a wrap around the throw hand.
  2. Land on the segment between the throwhand thumb and middle finger.
  3. Then throw the yo-yo around your throw hand, using the wrap as a rail. This move is a little bit like the Magic Drop in reverse. This lands you back in a normal trapeze.
  4. Start over by doing the Thumb Mount again.

Landing in the wrist wrap (step 2/3) can be easily practised from a normal trapeze.

Chop sticks metronome wrist wrap

The wrist wrap

Chop sticks metronome wrist wrap2

Yo-yo mounted in wrist wrap

Video: ChopSticks: Jason Lee, Metronome
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKsUyAJvb7A
Comment Metronome tutorial by Jason Lee.
Video: Chopsticks 101 - Lesson Three - Metronome Variations
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_dEhiQWhlI
Comment Variations on the Metronome demonstrated by Adam Brewster.

Advanced stuff

Apart from the basic stuff, there are quite a few advanced chop sticks tricks around. this section lists a few examples.

Video: Hashbrowns Chopsticks Tutorial
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZomN4Z_pqs
Comment Very nice tutorial by Jake Bullock illustrating different chop sticks moves.
Video: ChopSticks: Yuuki's Slack Chops
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnIY7D94WDg
Comment Great tutorial for adding a few slack moves to chop sticks.
Video: GT Chopsticks
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zaoe3RaiQSE
Comment Doing a green triangle chop sticks style. Video quality could be better.
Video: Chopsticks 1.5 (Chopsticks Tutorial)
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idMl8TmMAvk
Comment Anther nice mount. The title calls it a 1.5 mount, but it's more like a lindy loop.
Video: ChopSticks: SupaFlow
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22Uh5eSCOPc
Comment Some exotic chop sticks mount in an advanced combo.

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