EP3 Andre Boulay - The Man Who Taught Me How To Yoyo (Part 1)

If I were to credit anyone for teaching me how to yoyo it would be Andre Boulay.

Andre is arguably, one of, if not the most prolific Yoyo teacher of all time.

From training people how to Yoyo in person at the a2z Science and Learning Store, to teaching an entire generation of players over the internet. Countless of the competitors we celebrate today, can trace their understanding of Yoyoing fundamentals to back Andre’s teachings and tutorials.

In this episode I take the opportunity to ask Andre a wide range of questions. In part 1 we discuss:

  • How Andre was introduced to Yoyoing

  • A closer look at Andre’s competitive Yoyoing career.

  • How and when Andre joined team Yoyojam,

  • What it was like ultimately designing the Yoyojam Dark Magic and much more!

Few people have been Yoyoing for as long as Andre so this episode also mentions a lot of Yoyos, players and websites and resources that entered the scene years before I was even born.

I’ve attached a reference list for the episode for ease of reference. Please let me know If I’ve mis attributed anything.

People, Resources & Yoyos Mentioned:

A2Z Learning Store - https://a2zscience.com/

Dog around the block - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NI5MZGrGZc

Jordan Cooper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOVRbkdNb3E

Nate Sutter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB76dkpBrhA

Alex Lozyniak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZXKdYex5oo

Paul Escolar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d9Fa5ojcog

Renegade Yoyo http://www.yoyomuseum.com/museum_view.php?action=view&subaction=exhibit&exhibitid=808

Original Duncan Freehand https://yoyo.fandom.com/wiki/Duncan_Freehand_1

Ducan Wheels: https://www.yoyoyo.com.au/duncan-wheels-old

Friction Sticker: http://www.yoyostorerewind.com/en/duncan-friction-stickers-x8.html

Jon Gates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aorLEJVM_sw

YYJ Night Moves & YYJ Patriot:

https://yoyo.fandom.com/wiki/YoYoJam_Night_Moves_One

https://yoyo.fandom.com/wiki/YoYoJam_Patriot

YYJ Matrix: https://yo-yoshop.com/product/yoyojam-matrixx-yellow/

Jordan Cooper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fbpz3MwdXco

Evan Nagao: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgsj_c2Ht44

Paul Han: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCf4I-JQz6k&t=16s

John Ando: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2y7sV23ftug

Andre’s Freestyle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONjxZY6gqo0

Yomega commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HaUoxPaus4

SpinFaktor (Wicked Faktor): https://yoyo.fandom.com/wiki/YoYoJam_SpinFaktor

David Cupurro & Cappy Faktor https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/yoyojam-david-capurro-signature-yo-yo-408921660

Smithsonian Yoyo Trip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m35tuepuPc

Andre’s key questions when managing a relationship with sponsored Yoyo Player:

  1. What do you want as a player?

  2. What do you need?

  3. What is important?

  4. What kind of contests do you want to go to?

  5. What do you want in terms of money, here is what the team can do.

Dark Magic https://yoyo.fandom.com/wiki/YoYoJam_Dark_Magic

YYJ Speeder https://yoyo.fandom.com/wiki/YoYoJam_Speeder

Key People Who played with the Dark Magic

Paul Han

Yuuki Spencer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QrTAt9uiWc

Augie Fash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63N9hv_eFUw


Hitman & John Devalle

https://yoyo.fandom.com/wiki/YoYoJam_Hitman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1g8RDB0cu4

Master Magic

https://mastermagic.net/

Andre Boulay & Johnny Devalle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow77vW_o1Bg&t=66s

Team Loci Cherrybomb

https://shop.yoyoexpert.com/products/team-losi-cherry-bomb-yoyo

YYJ Legacy:

https://yoyo.fandom.com/wiki/YoYoJam_Legacy

YYJ Lyn Fury, Speedmaker

https://yoyo.fandom.com/wiki/YoYoJam_Lyn_Fury

https://yoyo.fandom.com/wiki/YoYoJam_Speed_Maker

BV Using the YYJ Legacy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypw_oopF_JU&t=96s


John Higby:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su8jERS1DQI

Yoyoexpert:

https://yoyoexpert.com/

Mark Montgomery & Tyler Vienneau

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vf2aH4KDe0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0cyqPMe3iE


Brandon Vu