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The Yo-Yo Astronaut Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND January 2013
Giant Yo-Yo March 2012
With the help of Devil Dan Huling, paddleball guru and prop
builder extraordinaire, John built a giant yo-yo for our show. It is made from a circus walking globe, cut in half and reversed. Dan and John then added
sides, a lid for storage and a rope to look like the string. It is strong enough to stand on so we can do tricks on this amazing new custom stage / prop case!
John Sets a New Guinness World Record Beijing, CHINA October 2011
John set a new Guinness World Record on Chinese Television for over 20 million viewers! He lit 14 matches with a yo-yo in 60 seconds. This appearance became video of the week on the Guinness website, as seen below!
Watch video here:
Tour de Fat: Colorado - California - Arizona - Texas Summer/Fall 2011
Still the greatest festivals we've ever been a part of. We hit the road in September with our 2-year-old son as part of the 15-city tour.
Yo-Yo Apartments Summer 2011
John creates a unique display for your favorite yo-yo ... The Yo-Yo Apartment! Sold exclusively at our friends' online store, YoYo Expert:
"100% built from scratch wood frame. Handpainted brick outside with graffiti YoYoExpert logo! Features a 'Spin Top button' lamp with real L.E.D. light and switch on top of a Z stack table.
Wall to Wall carpeting. Framed yo-yo player from the YoYo Expert trading card deck. Removable TV antennae works as a yo-yo string tool. Two mounting holes on the back to mount on any wall."
Tour De Fat in Minneapolis July 2011
This is the greatest festival tour we have ever done. Eco friendly, cool people, artsy & creative activities and entertainment. If this 10-city festival comes
to you, check it out! TourDeFat
Springtime Shows at Faneuil Hall May 2011
Great to be back on the "pitch." Check out the kid dancing in our show!
Yo-Yos in Outer Space: John's Art Gallery Show Opening February 2011
Tour de Fat is an amazing traveling bicycle festival put on by New Belgium Brewery, the makers of Fat Tire Beer.
John performed in Tempe, AZ & Austin TX on stage and in the legendary Le Tigre Cabaret Circus Tent.
Big Street Shows in Texas & Vermont Summer 2010
Great crowds in Forth Worth, TX & Burlington, VT. Theodore even joined mom for a finale!
Big Street Shows in Canada & England Summer 2010
Great crowds in Ottawa, Dundas & Shrewsbury!
Theodore Turns One April 2010
... and sleeps through presents and cake.
Yo-Yo People at Downtown Disney December 2009
We performed for 9 days at the main stage at Downtown Disney in Orlando. Our fourth time performing there! Always great crowds and shows.
Theodore Rocket "Performs" August 2009
Rocket joined his Mom & Pop onstage, with jetpack, at the 2009 World Yo-Yo Contest during the outer-space themed performance.
John gets his own TOPPS trading card Summer 2009
John is featured in the TOPPS Allen & Ginter World Champions deck. There are five different versions of the deck in different styles & sizes, one of which
features a small piece of the yo-yo John used for his World Champion performance!
Theodore Rocket Higby is born April 2009
Our son ... our greatest accomplishment!
3000 Kiwis Say Hi to Rebecca January 2009
John performed at the World Buskers Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand in January. Rebecca was home, pregnant with
our son, so John sent a message home:
Yo-Yo People on the Discovery Channel November 19, 2008
Using the latest technology in high-speed cameras, the Discovery Channel show, "Time Warp" features the Yo-Yo People in some super
slo-mo shots to see how yo-yos and yo-yo tricks look, when not to the naked eye. Watch it here:
JOHN IS A WORLD CHAMPION! August 2, 2008
John came in first place at the 2008 World Yo-Yo Contest held at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida. He competed in Artistic Performance
which is one of the few divisions at the contest, against yo-yoers from all over the world.
Check out the video of John's performance:
NEW! John & Rebecca Signature Yo-Yo by Yo-Yo Factory! Spring 2008
This metal ball-bearing yo-yo features a light grey "Rebecca" half and a dark grey "John"
John did all the artwork for this yo-yo, it was then machined & laser engraved by the wizards over at Yo-Yo Factory. Click on the photos for a more detailed look. Wicked!
Tulips! Buskers in the tulips! Well, next to the tulips. Our first shows in Canada for 2008.
Ansan International Busking Festival - Ansan, Korea May 3-5, 2008
The crowds in Korea were probably the most upbeat, interactive and appreciative audiences we've
ever performed for. We also had amazing translators and help with our show -- they made our time between shows very entertaining and fun. We're ready to go back to Ansan any time!
Check out the video from Korea:
We Are Official Guinness World Record Holders! - Madrid, Spain February 23, 2008
We flew to Madrid to film for the European Guinness World Records TV show. On air, John set the record: "The fastest time to knock a coin off the ear
of 15 participants with a yo-yo is 1min 50sec." In addition to setting the record, hanging out with the other world record holders was a blast: we hung out with the world's tallest man, the world's smallest man, and the woman with the world's longest fingernails, among others.
An amazing experience!
Check out the video from Spain:
Microsoft TechReady 6 "Launch" - Seattle, WA February 14 , 2008
Microsoft's Tech Ready 6 Party! Wow! The theme of this event was "Launch" and hosted more than 6,000 of Microsoft's brightest technicians from all over the world.
There were four different "spaced out" environments & entertainment zones; we were in one called "Systems." The audience was amazing! Our main stage show included elements of our glow show with lots of light-up action. After every performance we offered a hands-on
yo-yo workshop which was a huge hit with everyone that participated. This is one of the best private parties we've ever been a part of.
Oddville Vaudeville Show January 27, 2008
Here are some photos from the vaudeville variety show we did Sunday night at Boston's hottest new night spot, The Beehive. It involved live music, stand-up comedy and other things ...
Happy New Year! December 31, 2007
We're finally starting a blog! We have some interesting stories & events from our business as traveling yo-yoers, so we thought we'd keep
a diary of sorts. Why not begin at the start of the year? Or rather the end of last year...
We performed at First Night Boston on New Year's Eve, which entailed four shows at the Hynes Convention Center in the heart of the celebration. When we arrived, we saw a few people
milling around, and thought we'd maybe get 50 people or so at each of our shows. Little did we know that First Night Boston has over a million attendees, and we ended up playing
to full houses with security turning people away. We were on the local news, which you can see on the YouTube clip below.
(This was only our second time performing with a sign language interpreter, which we find very interesting. Unfortunately our interest was distracting because we were so fascinated with what our tricks translated to that we kept turning around to watch him.)