How to tell the difference between a yo-yo champ and a yo-yo chump

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Remember K-Strass? The Yo-Yo Man who tricked his way onto national television in the US. Well. It turns out his ruse should have been much easier to see through. Because real Yo-Yo champions are impressive.

This. Is K-Strass.

Yo-Yo, wassup

This guy is my hero.

K-Strass is a so called “Yo-Yo” maestro. If you only watch one YouTube video that I post (ever) make it that one.

He pulled an elaborate hoax on five breakfast television shows, claiming to have won a series of yo-yo competitions, and to be representing a children’s not-for-profit organisation. You can read a news story about his appearances here.

In each case, producers at the television stations received an e-mail from Joe Guehrke, saying he represented Strasser and ZimZam Yo-Yo, “the world’s first ‘green’ ” nonprofit toymaker.

Guehrke told the stations that Strasser, whom he called a “master yo-yo artist,” would be in their area to bring his environmental message and “zany sense of humor” to kids.

Guehrke wrote in one e-mail to a TV station that Strasser was a dynamic talk-show guest who comes “equipped with a roster of amazing yo-yo tricks, juggling and fun tips about how kids and adults alike can take small steps to make the world a greener place.”

The e-mail solicitation stated that Strasser was a runner-up for Rookie of the Year in 1995, grand champion at the Pensacola Regional and was nominated for the Walt Greenberg Award in 2000.

There is no Walt Greenberg Award in yo-yo, and there is no evidence Pensacola ever hosted a yo-yo tournament or that Strasser won a rookie of the year award.

But the solicitation was good enough for the bookers on the TV stations.

Some more videos…

In this one he announces a charitable inner city program called “Yo-yos for Hobos”…

Here’s another appearance… where he leaves his phone on…

Here’s a story on his appearances…