Man on the Flying Trapeze to Double or Nothing

This move is called a "transition move" or "transition roll" because it brings you from one hold to another. As the name infers, this particular transition roll will bring you from a Man on the Flying Trapeze to a Double or Nothing!

Because this trick is done directly in front you you, the view for the instructions are shown as if you were looking in a mirror.

Step 1

Trapeze Hold This trick starts out in a standard Man on the Flying Trapeze hold. If you do not know how to get here, simply observe the picture. If you still cannot figure it out then please read the instructions for Man on the Flying Trapeze.


Step 2

From the Man on the Flying Trapeze hold, move your left hand up until it is verticle (more vertical than this picture is best). If done correctly, your string set up will look like an almost 90 degree angle.  trapeze_to_Double_or_Nothing1.gif (2317 bytes)


Step 3

trapeze_to_Double_or_Nothing2.gif (2292 bytes) Next, move your right hand up as well, making a skinny "V" shape.


Step 4

If you haven't already, put your hands close together .trapeze_to_Double_or_Nothing3.gif (2003 bytes)


Step 5

trapeze_to_Double_or_Nothing4.gif (2005 bytes) Next, things get slightly more complicated. Observe the picture above in Step 4 and you will notice the string that goes over the left finger. You want to put your right pointer finger between both of those strings. To do this, move your right hand to the left, and put your finger between the two strings. Now, move your right hand back to its previous position. The result should look like the picture to the left. As you can see, the blue string crosses the red string in the picture. Depending on how you are holding it, the strings may not cross. Usually when I do the trick, they usually do not cross because my fingers are not on the outside, but on the inside with my palms down. Whether they cross or not is irrelevant.


Step 6

Now, once you are in the position for Step 5, you want to quickly move your left hand to where the red and blue strings cross; this means move your left hand down and to the right. The pictures to the right show the left hand and pointer finger of the left hand moving to the right

If you do not do this quickly, there will not be enough force for the "hop" that happens in step 7 and 8.

trapeze_to_Double_or_Nothing5.gif (1990 bytes) trapeze_to_Double_or_Nothing6.gif (1983 bytes)
Down-Right More Down- Right



trapeze_to_Double_or_Nothing7.gif (2047 bytes) If you continue this motion of going down and to the right, the yo-yo will start going to the left and upwards. If this does not happen, you probably did not do Step 6 Swift enough. It also may be noted the  yo-yo is actually pretty much swinging up, but since the left hand is moved to the right, it seems like it is swinging to the left.


Step 8

Now, as the yo-yo is moving up and to your left, move your left hand back to its original position like shown to the left. Your two hands should now lay on the same horizontal plane. You may have realized your left hand just made a circle motion starting in Step 6 and now ending in Step 8. This is the picture of the yo-yo before it falls (due to gravity and the inertia that wil want it to continue in its circle like path).  trapeze_to_Double_or_Nothing8.gif (2100 bytes)


Step 9

The picture to the left is the exact same in as the picture for step 8 except the horizontal string that was blue is now green. This color change should be noted for step 10. It is hard to tell from this picture, but when you are in this position, the horizontal string that is farthest from your body is the green string in this picture


Step 10

trapeze_to_Double_or_Nothing10.gif (2273 bytes) As stated in Step 8, the yo-yo in the picture of Step 8 (and Step 9) is only suspended in the air for a brief amount of time before it is pulled down. When it is pulled down, it will (hopefully, hehe) land on the green string, which is the string farthest from your body.