Remember how to pull off a Double or Nothing from First Mount #7? Well, the Houdini Mount is exactly like the Double or Nothing, but the only difference is that instead of having the yo-yo go around your left index finger (assuming you are right handed), it is supposed to go around your left thumb first, before landing on your left index.
The reason why the Houdini Mount is named that, is due to the nature of the mount. It kinda looks like a Double or Nothing. However, if the viewer doesn't look carefully, he/she would assume you are pulling off a Double or Nothing. But when you just drop the string off your left thumb, it'll be just like how Houdini magically unravels himself and escapes out of his entanglement.
Now, here is how you pull off the Houdini Mount.
Firstly, throw a straight and long spinning Breakaway.
Once the yo-yo has been thrown, let the yo-yo string hit the bottom of your non-throwing THUMB (not index finger) and let it continue swinging around and have it go over your throwing-hand index finger.
At this point in time, one good tip to take note of is to keep all your fingers, EXCEPT your index fingers of both hands, tucked in at all times. If any other fingers are sticking out when performing this trick, the string may catch on any other finger and prevent you from performing the Houdini Mount.
Now, with the yo-yo in motion and swinging from your non-throw hand to your throwing hand, let the yo-yo string rest on the top of your throw-hand index finger and then allow it to continue around back to your non-throw hand index finger before landing the yo-yo onto the front string, just like the Trapeze.
Once the yo-yo has landed onto the string, bring your hands slightly closer together so that the yo-yo can sit on the string comfortably without dropping off.
When the yo-yo has landed and is comfortably on the string, you have successfully completed the Houdini Mount. Show it off, or pretend that it is a Double or Nothing, and drop the string off your thumb to amaze and astound all your friends.
A few pointers to take note of when learning the Houdini Mount:
1) Tuck all your fingers in after the string has gone around your thumb so that the string does not get caught in any other fingers.
2) Always try to aim the yo-yo to land on the string you want it to land on. Don't just go through the motion of swinging the yo-yo around and around and 'hope' that it lands on the right string.
The Houdini Mount is the very first step of the advanced string trick, Kamikaze. If you are looking to push yourself after mastering the Houdini Mount, try out the Kamikaze trick. It is super fun and a very impressive trick to show off.
That is all we have for #10 of the Spinworkx First Mount Project.
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Till the next installment,