Mark Mangarin just dumped an entire freestyle worth of trick concepts into one 32-second video. Flawlessly, I might add.
Yoyo used is the Orca by CLYW.
Mark Mangarin just dumped an entire freestyle worth of trick concepts into one 32-second video. Flawlessly, I might add.
Yoyo used is the Orca by CLYW.
Mark Mangarin is one of the most creative and consistently under-rated yoyo players in the world. He keeps a low profile and stays pretty quiet, but when he drops a video it is pure gold from stem to stern. Amazing.
Yoyo used is the Orca by CLYW. featured
Mark Mangarin is the second CLYW player to drop a really damn good video part in the past 24 hours with NSFW music. I don’t know if he and Petr Kavka are giggling over Skype and planning this stuff or what, but Mark Mangarin is one of the most unsung heroes of modern technical yoyoing and you should probably watch this video at least a half dozen times.
The #trickcircle tag on Instagram is blowing up with yo-yo players sharing their tricks, and we here at @Yoyonews are picking out the best ones to share every week. This second installment also features our first batch of mini-interviews, in which Yuji sheds light on the thinking behind his combo and Mark questions just what the heck “flow” is supposed to mean anyways. More bangers from John Ando, Malcom Chiu, and more after the jump.
@johnando starts the week off with a huge bang, or rather two: back-to-back bangers in this video, and a second round of brilliant concepts in another. John Ando is perhaps most often remembered for his 2008 World-winning freestyle when he reminded everybody that a trick could be compelling with only a few string hits, and his opening wrap to trapeze proves this to be as true as ever. John is also a world-class 2A player, which surely informs his movement-oriented style and gives you an idea where the idea for a wrap like that comes from. The trick that follows is just as gnarly: while he can make a single string hit look good, he is in no way limited to simple tricks, and sequences like this rack up the points quick. This combo has a particularly satisfying punchline in the form of an elbow slack catch which sets up into a ripcord release, the impact of which is greatly increased by John’s performing it behind his shoulder. There are very few players who can space their tricks the way that John does, and I dearly hope we see more #trickcircle tricks from him soon.
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Yoyonews: What, if anything, was the genesis of this trick? Was there a theme you wanted to explore or did the moves just gel together?
Mark Mangarin: I was creating an extension to a combo that Adam Schultz was working on when I was hanging out with him and Andrew Maider in NYC — ideas from this were adapted into the first segment. The rest was made in conjunction, but it’s part of a much longer trick that doesn’t fit in the instagram time limit (:15 goes by so fast). Theres a debate about the concise definition of ‘flow’ going around right now, so I’m playing around with different approaches.
YYN: What is your personal definition of “flow”?
MM: Haha, oh shoot. Honestly, I don’t like to bother defining the concept. It’s like asking what the meaning of hipster or ratchet is…
I don’t think theres a specific definition. Going by what the community considers flow, then both JD and Sid have “really good flow” so it’s wrong to consider flow as the smoothness about specific physical motions. It has more to do with one’s timing/execution, but it can be uniquely good per person and what’s considered good flow can change over time very quickly, so I think of flow as a vague/undefined subset of someone’s execution style and trick construction.
YYN: What would you consider the centerpiece or main idea you’d like to communicate with this trick?
MM: Personally I think the execution, but the reverse quarterstack whip is a big takeaway too. It’s the easiest to explain compared to the rest of the trick, but a reverse quarterstack mount leaves you with many options because you can drop the loop using your elbow.
YYN: The drop before the reverse quarterstack (trapeze-brother elbow catch) seems somewhat different from your usual combo construction. What are the benefits and disadvantages of including a pause like that in a trick?
MM: I usually never drop strings/mounts randomly as it can make tricks look shallow. I’m just messing around with different things right now, as #trickcircle seems like a good outlet to share ideas including those not fully developed. I think it gives more attention to the whip, but maybe someone out there can make a full drop look good?
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While the community may be a ways off from agreeing on a definition of “flow”, few would disagree that @andrewbergen has it in spades. His first entry into the #trickcircle canon, titled “jsmy”, opens with what appears to be a shockwave-inspired chopsticks combo that sets up a lovely falling slack whip before folding its way into a complex triangular string formation. Much of this trick’s strength comes from the sense of rhythm that it establishes early on with back & forth motions, and we at Yoyonews are all hoping that Andrew graces us with some more choice bits of tech soon.
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UK National Champ and Yoyofactory star @yujirobert dipped a toe into the #trickcircle waters with this Yuuki-influenced tech tour de force. He also filled us in on the details behind it with a short interview:
Yoyonews: What, if anything, was the central idea behind this combo? What did you want to showcase or express most?
Yuji Shimokawa Kelly: The central element I wanted to showcase is the slack drop which happens just where i’ve selected the screen cap. I wanted to create an effect where i would drop the slack with my arms pointed to the right, and then dismount using the same movement to the left. This was the first time I’d actually filmed it, and I can see that it doesn’t work quite as well as I had hoped.
YYN: Looks good to us. Do you name your tricks?
YSK: I very rarely name my tricks, and this particular one I don’t think is name worthy just yet.
YYN: Would you say this trick is “finished”? How can you tell when a trick is complete?
In terms of the combo, far from it. I don’t think first and second half will ultimately be part of the same combo, I just wanted to fit them on one clip. Watching the clip back, I’m finding a couple of little things I can change to improve it.
YYN: We’ll be excited to see what this turns into, thanks for the look!
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Taking a quick trip from England to Hong Kong, we have @jackey_li of team @c3yoyodesign showing us just how good slack can look in slow motion. Slomo really helps break down the subtleties of the trick here, and the fact that it’s only a few moves makes it very tempting to learn. Just because it’s short does not mean that it’s easy, and Jackey packs some serious depth into it: in addition to looking pretty, the opening rejection sets up a clever slack move that gets the strings in place for the following sequence of pops culminating in a triangle.
If you’re anything like us, you probably had to watch the latest tricks from @meowcolm (AKA Malcolm Chiu of Duncan Crew) a couple of times before they made any sort of sense at all. Fortunately, Malcolm’s supplemented the mobile video with an HD slomo clip of some other lassos so you can really gawk at that perfect loop before he hucks it into the gap… but you’re probably going to need some practice before you can get that cross-handed GT down. Apparently, the 720 lasso root trick is Jesse Christe‘s creation, and Malcolm is to be commended for both taking it to another level and properly citing his sources.
Want more insta-madness? Don’t forget to check out all the videos tagged with #trickcircle and submit some of your own for a chance to be featured next week… and, hey! Follow @yoyonews while you’re at it, yeah? Here are some of our other favorites of the week that we didn’t have time to write about.
See you next week!
CLYW’s Mark Mangarin gets whip-happy in this new video. Mark is easily one of the most creative players in the game right now, and everything he releases is packed with ideas and inspiration.
Mark Mangarin of CLYW joins us this week for an in-depth look at his formidable 1A trick Saffron. You may remember Mark from his win at Virginia States earlier this year or his clip for Innovation Movement, and if you’ve ever met him you know that he’s got a head for trick theory and is always down to drop science. Check out the zone-switching, hold-dropping, mind-bending trick below and read on for a closer look at the thought process behind it.
What was the creation process like for this trick? Did you have an overarching theme or idea that you built on, or did it develop organically?
MM: The first part of Saffron is actually the ending of a competition trick that I had made, and the second part was created as an extension. I was talking to Gentry Stein about dynamics last winter when we were preparing for the contest season, and I decided to work with different clover mounts to create freestyle tricks. I had an idea of how I wanted the trick to look (visually), and created this trick front to back keeping these two in mind.
This trick utilizes a lot of what you call “dismantled clovers.” While many players consider Red Clover a classic, there’s an even greater number who don’t really know what it is. What draws you to it, and how do you “dismantle” it?
MM: Well I’m not sure what a single “clover” is (Paul Escolar could probably define this), but I think of it as mounts held together with one droppable loop. The red clover is the most basic example with the thumb being able to transition into a trapeze mount, but there are others like kink clovers (which Mateuz Ganc, Zach Gormley and Yuuki Spencer use often) which are transitional from kink mounts/buckets and drop into nothing/fully dismount. It’s a very useful set, as (from my perspective) it connects linear and knot-based mounts. They’re great for freestyles, but the downside is that they are harder to instamount into.
The term “dismantled” is more of a description: similar to how one can present a bucket mount in different ways by the way it is held, a dismantled mount is usually in the same mount but is held differently or is one small movement away, allowing for variation of tricks. Almost every top player utilizes these but there isn’t really a name for it. If you look at Saffron closely, at almost every point there is some variation on a red clover mount, but as a whole each movement is very different.
Much of the trick involves motions either inside or outside the wrists, rather than pointing both hands forward like most traditional sidestyle tricks. Was this a conscious decision? How did it affect the trick construction for you?
MM: Yes! It was definitely a conscious decision and I had it in mind before starting on the trick. Saffron was constructed using an “element pool” method, and I was interested in zoning + clovers at the time. If you don’t have much execution experience using these zones it’s hard to see all of your options or create something with integrity, so it took me much longer than it usually would to concern every possibility and create a trick I would be content with.
What’s your favorite part of this trick?
MM: Probably the last part. It’s very foreign in movement (which is what I was aiming for), so it has an interesting feel when performed. It also looks/feels different to the person doing the trick: one would have such a focus on the execution/strings that they would not observe the unique movement of the hands that others would probably notice first.
Where did the name come from?
MM: The name is based on the 1957 painting “Saffron” by Mark Rothko. I’m a fan of his artwork (this being one of my favorites), and although the name didn’t influence the creation of the trick (as many named tricks do), coining the name after it was created made me change little parts in how the trick is performed. Rothko was famous in his day for these massive colorful paintings, but many people didn’t understand that there was depth in the colors and that the paintings were about agony and tragedy. This trick is similar in that there’s very massive movements that are good for dynamics, but execution of the trick requires many subtleties (like many of my tricks).
Shout out to Yuuki Spencer! This video exists because he had requested more angles of the trick in order to learn some parts of it. I get a bad rap for having tricks that are hard to learn haha, so I encourage others to take a shot as well.
Also shout out to Chris/CLYW for making the Yeti! I am using it in this video and it’s a great yoyo.
Thanks Mark! You da best. If you learned the trick, want to talk about dismantling holds, or have an idea for who Mark should take on for an exclusive YoYoNews battle, let us know in the comments!
CLYW has announced the addition of Mark Mangarin to their team of sponsored players! Mark is a fantastic player with a unique style of trick composition, and he’s going to fit in great with the rest of the amazing talent on the CLYW team. Congrats to Mark and CLYW!
The Scales Collective is at it again with another podcast that brings an influential force in the yoyo industry to the front. Seth Peterson talks with Keiran Cooper and Patrick Canny about Save Deth, the first lifestyle brand in the yoyo industry and a huge creative force in the “mid school” period just after the Hyper YoYo boom died out.
Seth Peterson is one of the most influential yo-yo players of all time, but unlike most, it’s for more than just his tricks.
Seth led a very inspiring yo-yo movement called Save Deth, in which he had travelled with Dave Poyzer all over the United States and filmed amazing yo-yo content, whether it be at contests or just in a casual scene. On top of this, Seth’s attention to design and detail in all aspects such as clothing and content is something that lots of people worldwide learned and stemmed off of. To call him an innovator is an understatement; he is a pioneer.
Interview by Keiran Cooper and Patrick Canny
Introduction by Mark Mangarin
The Scales Podcast is quickly shaping up to be a great resource for yoyo players to dig deeper into the intricacies of this glorious little subculture we’ve created for ourselves. Check out two new episodes!
In episode 2 of the Scales Podcast, team members Andrew Bergen and Mark Mangarin interview one of the industry’s most intelligent minds in the realm of social media, team management, and design; Chris Mikulin! Some topics that are mentioned in this feature are future plans for Caribou Lodge, sub-brands of CLYW such as Heaven Sent and Pool Party, Basecamp, and more!
For new players, sponsorship can be seen as one of the most daunting and confusing aspects of yo-yo. Scales team members Andrew Bergen and Mark Mangarin reflect upon their experiences as sponsored players, talk about what they feel as though the true definition of being sponsored is, as well as even give prime examples of great representatives of this generation. Give Episode 3 of the podcast a listen in order to enhance your perspective of what being sponsored really means! Thank you to our sponsors: YoYoExpert, Caribou Lodge, and Recess International!
The Scales Collective bring us a new yoyo-related podcast called Scales, and it’s off to a solid start. The Scales Collective is made up of Andrew Bergen, Andrew Maider, Colin Beckford, Dennis Cinquegrani, Ethan Cheung, Keiran Cooper, Mark Mangarin, Patrick Canny, and Zafran Aqil.
If you’ve ever spent even a few minutes talking to Bergy or Mark or any of the rest of the Scales crew about yoyoing then you know those guys are some of the most thoughtful yoyo players in the scene, with perspective beyond their years and a desire to move the scene forward.
Episode 1 finds Bergy sitting down with Nehemiah Peterson, a self-described “tech innovator” who is passionate about the more technical aspects of modern yoyoing.
CLYW player Mark Mangarin put together a great video, shot in Colorado on the way to the 2016 World YoYo Contest. Featuring Mark Mangarin, Zach Gormley, Keiran Cooper, and Patrick Canny.