The Washing Machine is one of my oldest tricks, but it's still one of my favorites. I get a lot of requests for this one, however very few yo-yoers actually know how it's done.
The trick itself can look very intimidating but trust me, it's totally doable by any intermediate player.
The trick; a yo-yo starts attached to the string (like most yo-yos are) but is removed from the string and popped into the air before being re-attached... All while the yo-yo is still spinning.
I have attached a video demonstrating the trick, check it out.
The yo-yo; Any yo-yo can be used for this trick as long as it can sleep (spin at the end of the string). I've even used a Duncan Butterfly. As with any trick, the longer the yo-yo can sleep, the easier the trick becomes. So I suggest using any decent ball-bearing yo-yo. Using a butterfly shaped yo-yo would also totally be recommended.
It's a bit tricky for me to describe some of the moves in text, especially when a step requires you to switch planes (such as required popping the yo-yo off the string, or using your thumb to put it back in the loop). So if you have difficulty on a step (or a suggestion for a description change) please let me know.
For more yo-yo info and videos you can check out www.DoctorPopular.com. Thanks Phil and Shan for helping out with the pics.
Step 1: Unwind the String
Hold the string about 3 inches above the yo-yo and untwist the string.
When the string is unwound enough you should be able to open it up with your fingers. The wider the loop, the easier it will be to do the trick. Usually about 20 spins will do the trick.
When it's ready, wind up the yo-yo like you would any other yo-yo.
Step 2: Getting Set Up
Throw a sleeper.
Using your freehand, grab the string about 3 inches from the yo-yo and untwist the string.
Note- In the videos you can see me wrapping the string around the wrist of my yo-yo hand. This shortens the string length and makes it easier to work with.
When the string is loose enough, open it up with your ring finger. Then insert your thumb into the other side of the loop temporarily so you can slide your pointer finger in.
Step 3: The Spin Cycle and Popping Out the Yo-yo
To make the string a little wider, I spin the yo-yo a few times around my finger in the loop. The pumping motion is all done by the yo-yo hand and the freehand stays pretty still. This is not a necessary step, but it looks cool and makes the loop easier to work with.
To pop the yo-yo out of the loop, swing the yo-yo away from your body and up into the air. Catch the yo-yo back on the string (it should no be outside of the loop).
Step 4: Off the String and Back On
You are now off-string, the sky is the limit!
Pop the yo-yo up in the air, do picture tricks, make up stuff, whatever.
When you are done, re-insert your thumb into the loop and use it to pull the loop towards you.
Now slide the yo-yo towards your freehand and let it ride onto the segment of string beside your forefinger. Once you are there, lift your thumb back up to enclose the loop back around the yo-yo. This will get you right back to where you started.
When you remove your fingers from inside the loop try to let the string twist back up smoothly. Now you are finished, pull the yo-yo back up to your hand, collect your money and you are done.