Duncan is returning the love to Kansas City.

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That's right. Duncan's coming back to Kansas City for an EXCLUSIVE tour! The inside scoop is that Takeshi Kamisato, Hank Freeman, Drew Tetz and newly crowned World Spintop Champion CHRIS NEFF will be doing demos on the following dates:
Thursday, September 15: US Toy in Leawood, KS
Friday, September 16: Moon Marble in Bonner Springs, KS
Saturday, September 17: The Toy Store in Lawrence, KS & Topeka, KS

These dates are not set in stone, and I have no confirmed times yet, this is mainly to let those interested know to keep these dates open. Make sure to make it to at least one of the stops, you'll enjoy yourself I promise!

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Kansas City Juggling (and YoYo) Festival is on it's way!

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September 23, 24, 25!!!

What is in store for YOU are the festival? Well, Friday the 23rd anyone is welcome to come TOTALLY FREE OF CHARGE! Come work on your Juggling/YoYo/Spintop skills with some of the regions best! Trade tricks and gear and get prepared for the festivities that SATURDAY brings!

On Saturday the festivities continue in the morning and the afternoon, leading to the workshop series in the late afternoon! Workshops for YoYoing, Juggling, Poi, Hula Hooping and Top Spinning will be hosted by some of Kansas Cities finest up and coming enthusiasts.

Saturday afternoon we will also be conducting a revolutionary "Best YoYo Trick Competition"!!! This is not your normal YoYo Contest. Each performer will have 3 throws to impress the judges. If you hit your trick the first time, then there is no need to use your last 2 throws! Bring your best ORIGINAL trick. Judging will be based equally upon technicality, originality, and broad appeal. A top prize will be awarded, as well as the title of Kansas City Juggling Festival YoYo Trick Innovator of 2011!

Admittance into the workshops and contest is included in the $10 charge for entrance into the evening show!

Speaking of the evening show... The Juggling festival culminates on Saturday night with a world class Juggling and Skill Toy exhibition.
  • 2011 World Spintop Champion Chris Neff will be performing!
  • Some sort of YoYo demonstration!
  • Lots of Juggling, including the world famous Marco Paoletti!
  • All that and much, much more for the low price of $10!
We are looking forward to seeing Jugglers, Spin Toppers, Hula Hoopers, Performers and YoYoers (but especially yoyoers!) this September at the Kansas City Juggling Festival!
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Be sure to make it tonight!

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YoYoJam sponsored pros and local yoyoers Rick Wyatt and Ben Conde have told me they will be at the meet tonight! Come try Ben's new signature throw the 'Go Big' 4a yoyo!

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A volunteer opportunity!

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I am currently looking for 5-8 Adult(18+) volunteers to help host a workshop at Children's Mercy Hospital!

We will be doing a yoyo skills workshop for the patients staying at the hospital and their families. I feel this is a great opportunity both for us to win some new YoYo hobbyists and to bring a smile to some kids faces. If you are interested in helping, contact me (blakeisgeeky@gmail.com). Once I have enough volunteers, we will work out a date to do this!
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Ben was on KCTV5 this morning!

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Way to go Ben! Ben will be appearing on WDAF4 Fox4 tomorrow, I'll be recording that one for upload as well!
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You can YoYo too!

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The Kansas City YoYo Club meets every Wednesday evening from 6-8pm at the Kansas City Theater for Young America on St. Theresa's Academy campus.

5601 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64113

All meetings are open to the public. Anyone interested in YoYoing is encouraged to attend!
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Representing KC: Ben Conde.

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This is the first in a series of articles featuring local yoyo players!
I've had the pleasure of knowing Ben and his family since the late 90's. I first met Ben's older brother Andrew at the Wind Wizards YoYo Workshop. Andrew was an awesome kid. Even though he was one of the youngest yoyoers around, he was one of the most respected as well. Eventually, Andrew's talent rubbed off on his younger brother and Ben started yoyoing. I think he was 3 or 4 when we started teaching him some of the basic tricks, but they weren't enough for him.

Even that young I can remember Ben wanting to be ahead of the game. Walking into a yoyo workshop and seeing a 3'4" child practicing 2A is hard to forget. Back then, everyone knew Ben was going places but I don't think any of us knew how far. When I drifted away from the yoyo community, Ben kept chugging away with his yoyo. He was picked up by yoyojam at a very young age (brilliant) and given his first signature series yoyo, the Big Ben. Ben won World championships for his age bracket year after year, before stepping into the big leagues. More on that later.

What impresses me most about Ben (and his entire family for that matter) is that he can excel so much at so many different things. Yes, Ben is a great yoyoer, but he never let that get in the way of his academics. He attended some of the most prestigious schools in the Kansas City area, and did very well. Now, he's heading to college in Chicago this fall to pursue his career dreams.

Before he goes out and starts living the college life though, he shocked the yoyo world and turned it on it's ear regarding 4a (offstring) play. Watch the video, let it sink in, then continue to read the blog.

At the 2011 World YoYo Contest, Ben Conde stole the show. By far the greatest 4a routine ever performed at competition and one of the top 3 overall at that contest in my opinion. In a contest loaded to the gills with talent, Ben came through and gave a truly memorable performance. Unfortunately the judges didn't see it that way. Ben was still able to secure his personal best on the 4a World stage and took 4th place. However, there's not one person that was there or who watched on the live stream that didn't think he took first.

(If you notice the yoyo Ben is using in the routine, it's his new signature series YoYoJam, the Go Big.)

Will Ben be competing at Worlds 2012? I certainly hope so. He brought the flashiest, most difficult, most entertaining routine to the 4a division in 2011, I'm sure he can take it all in 2012.

The Kansas City YoYo Club is proud to count Ben among it's own.

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Change in tonight meeting.

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Why Kansas City loves Duncan.

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I should preface this by specifying that the Kansas City YoYo Club is not affiliated with Duncan YoYos. Anyone that comes to throw yoyos is encouraged to do so with any brand they choose.

I have been saying for about two years now "Without Duncan YoYos, there would be no KC YoYo Club". Some people new to the club might wonder why I give Duncan such great credit and if it is deserved. Now I will take the opportunity and explain myself.

In my post 'So You Want a (hobby) Club?' I referenced the club forming after meeting up with Seth and Nate on the 80th Anniversary Tour. This was the catalyst for the club to be formed and without it things like the weekly meets and the state contest would never have happened. However, this is not the beginning and end of the story.

One of the assumed perks of being part of the worlds largest and most recognizable YoYo manufacturer is touring. Lots of non yoyo companies do this to promote their product, but I think Duncan does it best. Duncan doesn't just send out yoyoers that show off for a couple of hours in the afternoon, hawk some plastic and bail. They send out individuals that generally care about helping the communities they are in by helping brand new players and veterans in any way they can. From hands on advice about throwing a better sleeper, to the intricacies of running a YoYo contest, the Duncan Crew has it covered. Over the length of these tours they yoyo for literally hundreds of hours. Do they ever get sick of helping a 5 year old out with a forward pass? Probably. Do they show it or let it affect their composure? Not that I've seen.

Whenever a Duncan tour comes to town, they immediately assimilate into the local community. No pretense of being a world class yoyoer among the less talented masses can be found. Just yoyoers helping yoyoers. Every time a Duncan Crew visit happens, we gain at least a few new faces in the club. Just for that we love Duncan.

It doesn't end there!

In addition to helping me form the KC YoYo Club, in 09, the Crew came back in a different form in '10. Takeshi, Jack, Drew and Hank really delivered for the club on this tour. On their first day in town, I met up with them at their first stop. It was a nonstop 6 hours of demonstrations and workshops. What did they want to do after? Well it was a Wednesday, so where's the YoYo Club meet?

That's right, after 6 hours of yoyoing with strangers, they couldn't wait to get back to yoyoing with more strangers! To this day I still think this was our greatest and most influential club meet. Since then skill levels have risen and kids have come out of their shells. More than that, we experienced an explosion in club membership. Every time Duncan comes to town we gain new yoyoers!

I was able to spend the majority of the week hanging out with these guys, any question I had about yoyoing in general from tricks to contest sponsorship, they answered without hesitation. Duncan and their Crew has been ultimately the most influential force in the organization of our club.

Following that visit, I've been in close contact with the guys at Duncan. We even managed to get Hank Freeman (now 2x National Champion and WORLD Champion, congrats Hank!) to judge the contest, and Takeshi to film and make an amazing video.

In these days where it seems like corporations in many markets try to take a 'hands off' approach to their customers, Duncan YoYos is doing the exact opposite. They're following the model that they have stood by since the days of wooden axles, sweater vests and playground demonstrations. For that I personally am thankful.

How can we pay them back for all they have done? Support them when they come to your town. Make sure you let them know how much you appreciate their efforts! If you see them at a contest, let them know how they've helped your community. These guys are truly humble and friendly people that love to help others out.

Me? Well... I did name my dog Duncan.

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