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11.15.08

Dif-Spinners is back.  

With extreme gratitude to Dave Hall of Dave's Skilltoys for all he has done for the sport of yo-yoing and for this site, it was time to move on.  We have transferred the site to a new hosting service and apologize if anyone tried unsuccessfully to access Dif-Spinners during the transition.  

Houdini Lives.

wvm

Houdini's Dad

10.4.07

It has been two years since Houdini left us.

These have been two difficult years for his family and friends, but in a way Ryan is with us still.  Literally thousands of you have visited this website to learn a bit about this sport called yo-yo, and many from around the world have signed Houdini's guest book to let us know that you miss him, too.  Thanks for your thoughts and kind words.  Through you, Houdini Lives.

wvm

Houdini's Dad

p.s. We are grateful to skilltoys.com for hosting this site, and want to assure you that we will keep this resource available to the yo-yo community as long as interest continues.

 6.10.06

10.21.05

In response to several requests, a transcript of Houdini's funeral service is available here.  Many thanks to Rev. Timothy Brooks for his moving celebration of a life that ended much too soon.

wvm

Houdini's Dad

10.11.05

Yes, it is true.  Ryan Monson, aka Harry Houdini, died October 4, 2005, at his own hand.

No one knows why a 17 year old boy with such talent, intelligence, and so many good friends would take such a step, but I know that he treasured the friendships he made in yo-yoing.  His mother and I are grasping now for understanding, but whatever demons tormented him, we hope and trust that he is safe from their torment at last and at peace with himself and the world.

Thanks to all of you for your thoughts, prayers, and understanding.

If you need to contact me, you can reach me at vmonson@gmail.com.

If you would like to sign Ryan's on-line guestbook, please go to Kansascity.com.

wvm

Houdini's Dad

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7.21.05

Going to Worlds? Read here.

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7.15.05

New slightly crappy video.  And yay, my FTP works yet again, huge thanks to Grahame (Chimera) for his hours of help.

-Houdini

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6.25.05

Thought this was cool.

-Houdini

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6.16.05

Off to the wilds of Minnesota tomorrow.  I look forward to seeing you all at MWR!  When I get back I am going to start working on all my yo-yo related projects again, I have so much to do.  First I am going to get those Polish videos up, then get the rest of the Instructional Videos converted to Mpeg, reshoot some stuff for this site, then tricks.skilltoys, FAQ project...  Just lotsa stuff to do.

-Houdini

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6.16.05

Just updated the Freehand Zero Archive again with much better, less blurry pics of all the packaged Zeros.

-Houdini

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6.15.05

Freehand Zero Archive updated.  Big thanks to Steve Brown for the LE pics, and to Alex Willden for the Higby Counterweight set picture.  If I have time tomorrow I will try to work on taking pics of the rest of the Freehand Zeros that I have, plus retaking the old pics.

-Houdini

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6.15.2005

I got a surprise email from Steve Brown last night with attached pics of 13 new limited edition Freehand Zeros that I have not yet seen posted on any forum or web-site.  I am having trouble updating that page, but as soon as I consult my web-site designer, I should be able to release those for you all to see, they look fantastic.  Oh, and new rant up in the Rant section.

-Houdini

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6.08.05

Be here or be square (wait for the page to load).  And here.  I will have free Skilltoys.com yo-yos, shirts, and stickers at both contests.  New rant up later.  Word.

-Houdini

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5.01.05

I added a Bio page to cut down on some of the email I get everyday from people wanting to know about me and my yo-yoing.  Enjoy I guess.

-Houdini

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4.28.05

Word up everyone.  Few things, first off check this out.  A friend on another forum (NYYR) made it for me.  Very slick, and very much appreciated.  As for other stuff, the long awaited Single A video I have been  hinting at and commenting on is still not done.  Every time I start filming I get an idea for another way I want to take the video, and the tricks I have been working on lately are more freestyle based then anything else, and I don't know how they would be received.  If I had a back bone I would just finish filming it, give it a quick and clean edit and let it out, but I want to make it a little special.  Oh and one more thing before I forget, I will be at Worlds this year for sure.  We are staying 5 nights at the Rosen Plaza, and I just can't wait!  Huge, huge, huge thanks to David Hall for helping make my trip possible.  Now everyone go to www.skilltoys.com and buy a yo-yo.   

-Houdini

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4.14.05

Really quick update.  I just confirmed that I will be attending the Iowa State Yo-yo contest again this year, as well as Mid-West Regionals the weekend after that.  There is also a great chance that I will be at Worlds this year, and Nationals again.  A quick line up of this summer's contests that I will be attending incase you need to hit me up for anything.

  • Iowa States

  • Mid-West Regionals

  • Worlds

  • Iowa State Fair Yo-yo Contest

  • Mid-America Regionals

  • Nationals

-Houdini

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4.11.05

I changed the site back from its Black Day mode.  I hope you all had a pleasant Black Day and got a chance to sit back and throw a bit.

-Houdini

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4.9.05

Tomorrow's Black Day.  Have a good one.

-Houdini

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3.21.05

More stuff for sale here.  

-Houdini

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3.20.05

I listed some stuff for sale here.  I need to raise some cashola, so whoever buys any of it is my new hero.

-Houdini

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3.19.05

Minnesota State Yo-yo Competition video is now done and up in the Videos Section under "Clip Videos".  Click here for the video.

-Houdini

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3.18.05

Another midnight update.  First off, a big shout-out to my dad, he turned 56 today.  As many of you know, my dad rocks hard and is super supportive of me in everything I do.  I love ya dad, hope you had a happy birthday.

And now for the other crap.  It looks like I have nine full days in front of me, no school, nothing to do but get crap done I have been putting off for ages.  This includes:

  • Listing some yos for sale to get some much needed cash
  • Editing the Minnesota State Yo-yo Contest Video
  • Working on a project for tricks.skilltoys.org that is going to take a while
  • Getting better pics for the FH0 archive
  • Working on a huge freaking project for all the forums that you will all find out about soon
  • New Single A video 
  • Spending time with the new girlfriend

I am set and determined to get stuff done this week; I have been slacking off in a major way, but no more! ;- )

-Houdini

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3.05.05

I am going to start editing the clip vid from Mn. States this weekend.  I didn't get a ton of footage like I wish I would have, so it might be a bit short, but it will be okay.  Oh, and if you haven't already, read Jim's post from yesterday here, it really makes you think. 

-Houdini

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3.04.05

You know you are hardcore when you look down at your string and realize it spackled in blood.  I love yo-yoing.  

-Houdini

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2.18.05

The guys on the skilltoys.com board asked for Willie's old videos, so you can now see them under "Willie's Clip/Large Videos" in the Videos section.  I am ready for Mn. States, we are driving up there tomorrow.  Can't wait to see everyone again.  Grahame got me some more space, so I am going to be able to release the .mpeg versions of my old vids now.

-Houdini

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2.6.05

Word, I am still alive.  I haven't been checking the boards much lately, I am so incredibly busy with school and stuff.  I just wanted to give a shout out to everyone to let them know I am still alive and kicking.  We just made our reservations for Minnesota States so I am really looking forward to that.  Midwest represent.  

-Houdini

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1.20.05

Thanks to David Hall, I now have Adobe Premiere and will be re-releasing all the videos in Mpeg format.  So for all of you who want to watch the instructional videos but can't because you are on a Mac or whatever the case may be, rejoice.  The only downside is that videos will be a bit larger.  I will continue to release new videos in .wmv format for those of you who want that.  This weekend I will be filming at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, if any local players want to meet up, throw me an email.  

-Houdini

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1.10.2005

Mr. Skill requested that I host another video for him.  It's in the Videos section under "Hosted Videos." 

-Houdini

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1.07.2005

New Rant on smoothness up in the Rant section of the site. 

-Houdini

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1.07.2005

New video in the Video section under "Hosted Videos."  It's called "The Truth" by Mr. Skill.

-Houdini

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1.01.2005

Everyone be sure to check out the other web site I help maintain, tricks.skilltoys.org, tomorrow afternoon/evening.  I am uploading a ton of Instructional Videos.  I really hope you guys find this stuff useful.  Also, I have an Instructional Video for this site coming soon, this one will be great, I promise, it will help sooooo many people out. 

-Houdini

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12.31.2004

I just uploaded a new vid by Stephen Allison, aka "The Orb".  It's called "Golden Apples," and can be found on the videos page under "Hosted Vids".  Am I using quotes too much?  I need to go to bed.  No more updating tonight.  Oh, and happy new year everyone.  

-Houdini

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12.31.2004

I updated the Freehand Zero Archive with pictures.  I don't have pics of them all yet but I should have that done soon.

-Houdini

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11.27.2004

So I finally got around to revamping the site.  Enjoy.

-Houdini

 

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