Mondial is a transition hop, sort of like Kwijibo has a hop from a one-and-a-half mount to double or nothing. Mondial is done a little differently; it is done in front of you -- and you can do it over and over. 

Step 1: Split-Bottom Mount

Split_Bottom_Mount.gif (1855 bytes) This Trick starts out utilizing a split bottom mount as shown. If you do not know how to do this yet, visit Ken's World on a String. The instructions for this mount  is in the tricks section, under the component's subsection, and under the link "Pull-over Split Bottom Mount."


Step 2: Mach 5

After completing the split bottom mount, move your left hand down and away from your body. This is standard procedure for an underpass used in tricks like Atomic Bomb/Atomic Smasher, however you want to go farther out in this trick than you normally would. Going farther important as you will see in the next step. The red string in the picture is to show you that it is coming from your yo-yo finger and going over the pointer finger of your left hand.

Continue moving your left hand in the direction of the blue arrow as you proceed to Step 3.

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Step 3: Mach 5

mach5-2.gif (2885 bytes) After following the arrow of Step 2, you should arrive in the position shown to the left. Note how low your underpass is (this part may be tricky if you cannot aim your strings). It is ideal to have the yo-yo in the center of the strings coming from both hands. If not, your hovering yo-yo (later on) will be off center and look rather ugly! The red string (its one long piece with a piece hidden between the yo-yo) in the picture is to simplify the image so you can tell one string segment from the others (it also happens to be the same red string as Step 2 - but do not assume all red strings in these instructions are the same string; they are never the same unless I say).

Follow the blue arrow (you are still carrying out your underpass) with your left hand. If you are not familiar with underpasses, the transition from Step 2 to 3 (and beyond) is done in one swift circular-resembling motion; you should not stop in-between steps when performing.


Step 4: Mach 5

If you followed the arrow correctly you will be in the position to the right. Continue moving your left hand (remember, the left hand in this picture is the one that is facing away) in the direction of the blue arrow. Do not move your right hand. mach5-4.gif (3321 bytes)


Step 5: Mach 5

mach5-5.gif (3014 bytes) If you followed the blue arrow and did not move your right hand, you will end up in the position to the left. The red string is used to clarify the picture and should be on the outside (the part farthest from you) of your pointer finger on your right hand. You have successfully completed the first underpass.

Observe that your right hand is about half way between the left hand and the yo-yo and move on to Step 6.


Step 7: Mach 5

The red line in this picture is not the same red line as in step 6, so do not get confused. The red string is just clarifying the view and is not important to this step. Continue moving your left hand in the direction of the blue arrow while keeping your right hand stationary. mach5-6.gif (3883 bytes)


Step 8: Mach 5

mach5-7.gif (3635 bytes) After following the above steps correctly you will arrive in the position to the left. The red string segment, again, is only used to help clarify the situation and is not the same as the red string segment in any of the other steps. Now, if you straighten out the picture to the left (by making the strings tighter - just pull up with your right hand and down with the left) you will get the position to the right.

As seen in the picture to the right, move both hands simultaneously in the direction of the arrows. It is important that when you move both hands, they are exactly across from each other!

Note - This is why you wanted the yo-yo in the middle in Step 3, and your hand in the middle in Step 5. If they weren't your yo-yo may not be centered at this point! :)

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Step 9 

Now that you are in a horizontal position, toss the yo-yo up vertically. Do not try to pull the strings horizontally to pop the yo-yo up; it usually doesn't work.


Step 10

As the yo-yo is traveling up, your hands are going to switch places. Your right hand will go over your left hand (this may get trickier than you think because you must do it FAST). Move your hands in the direction of the blue arrows as the yo-yo travels upwards. 

It may be wise to keep an eye on the red string.


Step 11

Continue switching positions.... your right hand pointer finger is going to catch the red string.


Step 12

If you caught the red string with your right hand finger, you should be in this position. The yo-yo is going to fall on the red string segment between the hands, as indicated by the orange arrow. Move your left hand up and right hand down if needed. You kind of want your hands horizontally even for a split second as the yo-yo falls.


Step 13

The yo-yo will continue to fall on the red string segment in the left picture. You want to move your left hand up now so that you recognize the next hold.


Step 14

You are now in a split-bottom mount. You also, probably have some string wrapped around the right hand pointer as well (not shown in picture). Don't worry, you can now go off and repeat this trick or just finish off with an Atom Smasher or something.