Science of Spin, Inc.TM
Introducing Dale Oliver
President, Spintastics Skill Toys, Inc. / Science of Spin
Developer of the Science of Spin school program.
1992 World Yo-Yo Champion
One of only four "National Yo-Yo Grand Masters."
Founder and Former President of the American Yo-Yo Assn.
Founder of the World Yo-Yo Contest
2006 Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award,
World Yo-Yo Contest
Dale Oliver entered his first yo-yo contest in his hometown of Kansas City at the age of 12. He became a part time “yo-yo pro” at 15 and began traveling full time for the Duncan Yo-Yo Company two years later in 1957. For the next 17 years, Oliver’s yo-yo vocation took him throughout North America for a series of personal appearances. He starred in many TV commercials for two different yo-yo brands. He set up the Mexico division of Duncan Yo-Yo in 1973 and has done work as a consultant on design and promotion for various yo-yo and string manufacturers from 1974 to the present.
In 1989, he founded Oliver’s Toys and developed the Yo-Yo Fun and the Science of Spin® school program, marketing yo-yos throughout the U.S. In 1995, he began manufacturing his own yo-yo, the Technic. In 1996, he went into partnership with Valerie Krantz (now Oliver) and formed Spintastics Skill Toys, Inc. and developed additional yo-yos, i.e. the Tornado (ball-bearing), the Torch (LED lighted) and the TigerShark (butterfly ball bearing).
Oliver has invented numerous yo-yo tricks during his career, some of which have become standards, performed by yo-yo enthusiasts worldwide. With a repertoire of more than 200 tricks, he may be the world’s most versatile yo-yo performer. He set his first world record in 1976 with a 45 second spin with a fixed axle yo-yo. In 1978, he broke his own record with a spin of 51 seconds. During the California State Championship in October of 1991, a professor from the University of California, using a digital tachometer, timed Dale’s spin in excess of 14,300 r.p.m. – almost 100 miles per hour. Dale is considered the father of the modern freestyle yo-yoing technique, having promoted and introduced it into major competition beginning in 1990. Dale also introduced the “off-string” technique to the yo-yo world, having first done it in 1958.
Oliver has traveled extensively to over 17 countries promoting the sport of yo-yoing and doing demonstrations. Today, Oliver is still designing spinning toys and teaches his well-known Science of Spin school program, now presented by several demonstrators across the U.S. teaching students not only how to yo-yo, but the science behind the toy. An hour-long school assembly is followed by P.E. clinics, teaching the art of yo-yoing. Oliver, himself spent over 20 years teaching more than 40,000 children in schools how to yo-yo each year. He was the first yo-yo pro to make an instructional video and is considered to be the premier yo-yo coach in the world. His video is used by schools and libraries in several states as an educational aid for the development of eye-hand coordination. His 'spintastic' performances include yo-yos, spinning tops and diabolos. He effortlessly removes coins from the ears of amazed volunteers with whirling yo-yos, yo-yos while being totally blindfolded, and, for a finale, launches the yo-yo over 40 feet into the air only to come down for a soft landing into his pocket.
Dale Oliver and his Yo-Yo Fun and Science of Spin® program hit the front page of the Wall Street Journal on December 21, 1998. He was consultant and editor of The Klutz Yo-Yo Book published by Klutz Press, selling over 400,000 copies in 1998, as well as You Can Yo-Yo published by Scholastic Books, which sold over 900,000 copies in 1998. He has also co-authored and edited the second yo-yo book in this Scholastic series.
Dale is still judging National and World Yo-Yo and Spin Top competitions, hoping that someday yo-yoing will become an Olympic event.