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Weber will compete this weekend in the Artistic Performance division, which includes artistic elements, music, costume, storyline and visual effects. He said he once performed as Werewolf, using a double sided mask.
Weber has shown off his yo yo skills all over the world. In 2003, he competed in the Yomega World Yo Yo Nike Vapormax All Red Contest in Las Grey Adidas Sweatshirt Mens
Weber is in Orlando, Fla. this weekend to go up against 200 Yo Yo champs from more than 22 countries. This year marks the 21st modern World Yo Yo Contest, and the ninth time Weber has competed in the event.
"It's fun," Weber said. "I see it as a hobby, I see it as a sport. It's art as well. It's definitely a skill, a performance art."
Weber said a few yo yoers from Delaware have placed high in the World Yo Yo Contest. The store YoYo Joes in Wilmington is popular among yo yoers in the area who go to learn tricks from each other.
Weber said he heard about the first competition through the store Mitchell's Trains, Toys and Hobbies in Wilmington. He soon began competing, and never stopped.
When he was 15 years old, his practice paid off when he became the Single A Champion at the Mid Atlantic Regional Yo Yo Contest, a title he maintained for three years.
"Not the first year, not the second year, but eventually, I won," Weber said.
Weber will perform to the song "Chameleon" by Herbie Hancock, with a costume of glasses, possibly suspenders and a hat, he said. To stand apart from other performers, he has a signature trick of wrapping the yo yo around his feet.
"I'm open to traveling," Weber said. "And I'm all about teaching yo yoing. Anyone can figure out how to do it."
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Weber plans routines using music and sometimes costumes. He uses different yo yos depending on the venue he's performed street routines in Canada as well as school demonstrations for summer camps and at children's birthday parties.
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Weber said he "throws the yo yo" everyday, and practices for days and weeks before performing for an audience. He spends 15 minutes to three hours per day practicing his craft.
The World Yo Yo Contest has six categories, divided by yo yo styles. There's Single A, a one yo yo traditional style; Double A, a two yo yo looping; Triple A, a two yo yo sleeping trick, Off String, Counter Weight and Artistic Performance.
"Kids like it," Weber said, of the yo yo. "But it's for all ages; adults enjoy it. It's family friendly."
Weber graduated from the University of Delaware in 2010 with a visual communications degree, and currently does freelance work in art and design. Yo yoing has been an artistic inspiration for him since he was 11 years old, he said.
Justin Weber has competed in more than 30 yo yo competitions around the world, and last year, he placed second in the artistic performance division of the World Yo Yo Contest. This weekend, the 25 year old Newark resident will once again compete for the title of World Yo Yo Champion.
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