The Figaro Gallery of Top Players

Figaro travels around the world
and gets pictured with the
Top Spintop Players
and other People
who are
TOPS


 
Pictures in chronological order. Click on the images for uncroped and larger or different pictures
Name: Jorge Alcoz
Alias: ta0
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Fav trick: Staircase to Heaven
Main tools: Modded HP, Figaro
Top facts: Zen Master of this site, World (09, 15) and US (08, 15) Champion

Name:
Hamilton Yokota
Alias: Titi Freak
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fav trick:  
Main tools: Bearing King
Top facts: World-renowned graffiti and mural artist
Website: www.tfreak.com

Name: Mike Hout
Alias: Spin Preacher
Location: Miamisburg, Ohio
Fav trick: Head spin while juggling bowling balls
Main tools: Spintastics Trompo
Top facts: World (11 ft) Champion
Website: Whirled Festival of Tops

Name: Dave Bazan
Alias: Buzzon
Location: Dallas, Texas
Fav trick: Multiple one-handed trapezes
Main tools: HP, Elite, Blizzard
Top facts: World (02, 05) & National (01, 06) champion
Website:

Name: Miguel Correa
Alias: Miggy
Location: Dallas, Texas
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: World (03) & US (03) Champion

Name: Dale Oliver
Alias: Grand Master
Location: Dallas, Texas
Fav trick:  
Main tools: Quick Silver
Top facts: 92 World Yo-Yo Champion, owner Spintastics, spintop judge
Website: www.spintastics.com

Name: Valery Oliver
Alias: Val
Location: Dallas, Texas
Fav trick:  
Main tools: Trompo
Top facts: Top ranked female player
Website: www.spintastics.com

Name: Alan Gray
Alias:  
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Fav trick: Master of the one-handed lasso
Main tools: Self-made 6-inch wood tops
Top facts: Creator of Figaro and other fine-crafted tops. Judge
Website www.woodtops.com

Name: Takeshi
Alias: Mitchell Thomas Red-Cloud Kamisato
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Fav trick: Takeshi's Top Tangler (t3)
Main tools: Bearing King
Top facts: Yoyo moder, videographer and skateboarder

Name: Boyd Thomas
Alias: Boyd Seth
Location: Oregon
Fav trick: Cliffhanger
Main tools: Mjolnir
Top facts:  

Name: Robert Gray
Alias:  
Location: Nebraska
Fav trick:  
Main tools: Alan's custom tops
Top facts:  

Name: Cliff Coleman
Alias: CliffSlider
Location: California
Fav trick: Long combos
Main tools: YYJ Gates
Top facts: Skateboarding pioneer

Name: Matt Ritter
Alias:  
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Fav trick: Ghost catch
Main tools: Bearing King
Top facts: World champion (04, 06, 07) and US (04) Champion

Name: Dick Stohr
Alias:  
Location: Springfield, Virginia
Fav trick:  
Main tools: Sidewinder, Blizzard
Top facts: Top judge at worlds and nats

Name: David Buhrmester
Alias:  
Location:  
Fav trick: Magnetic wire
Main tools: HP, King-Me moded Trompo
Top facts: Sculptor and maker of super-glue tops
Website: youtube.com/user/daveid777

Name: Chris Oneil
Alias:  
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Name: Alex Ayers
Alias: Apex
Location:  
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Name: Tom Connolly
Alias:  
Location: Washington DC area
Fav trick:  
Main tools: Cozmo
Top facts: Dad of a great yoyoing girl

Name: Jeff Smith
Alias:  
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Fav trick:  
Main tools: YYJ Topdog
Top facts: Has dominated the ladder in his age group

Name: Jon Gates
Alias:  
Location: Denver, Colorado
Fav trick:  
Main tools: Anything with rotational symmetry, specially a YYJ Gates
Top facts: World (00,08) and US (02,05,07) Champion
Website www.jongates.com

Name: Joe Fielding-Purdy
Alias: mtntop
Location: Denver, Colorado
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: Two-time Colorado champion, Ultimate Battletop of the Universe winner

Name: Darren Kim
Alias:  
Location: Denver, Colorado
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: World (10) and US (09, 10) Champion

Name: Catherine Sampietro
Alias:  
Location: San Francisco, California
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: Spintop Mama at The Academy
Website youtube.com/user/cowgirlSam

Name: Mark Hayward
Alias:  
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Fav trick:  
Main tools: Topdog, Chubby
Top facts: Creator of the Ultimate Battletop Championship of the Universe
Website www.markhaywardismyhero.com and www.markhayward.net

Name: Eric Wolff
Alias:  
Location: Chicago
Fav trick:  
Main tools: His superbly crafted tops (and a lathe)
Top facts: Leader of renowned Chicago Fire Kite Team
Website  

Name: André Boulay
Alias:  
Location:  
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: National Yo-Yo Master
   

Name: John Buechele
Alias:  
Location: Ohio
Fav trick:  
Main tools: Spintastics Trompo
Top facts: Tours the country with his guitar and tops
   

   
Name: Jean-Marie (Jim) Boehm
Alias: Lord Jim
Location: Paris, France
Fav trick: chin stall
Main tools:  
Top facts:  

Name: Ronan Lelievre
Alias: Lapin
Location: Paris, France
Fav trick: hand curl
Main tools:  
Top facts:  

Name: Cyril Mermilloid
Alias: Le Collectionneur
Location: near Paris, France
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: has one of the biggest antique top collections in the world

Name: Clement Bertaux
Alias: Paris, France
Location:  
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: France national yo-yo champion

Name: Philippe D.
Alias:  
Location: Sigy le Châtel, Bourgogne, France
Fav trick:  
Main tools: wood lathe
Top facts: unusual working and artistic wooden tops

Name: Jorge Sanjuan
Alias: Pulpo
Location: Madrid, Spain
Fav trick: elevator
Main tools:  
Top facts: main top hombre at yoyo4all.com

Name: Didier Malherbe
Alias:  
Location: Paris, France
Fav trick: real drumb-beat
Main tools: drum, flute, sound making stuff
Top facts: makes music with tops and also collects them
Website www.didiermalherbe.com

Name: Chris Sandt
Alias: Secret Agent
Location: Raeford, NC
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts:  
Website

Name: Felix Avellana
Alias: Fee-Fee
Location:  
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: World (01, 09 bt) Champion
Website

Name: Chris Neff
Alias: yophosis
Location: Jefferson City, Missouri
Fav trick: Zorro, Whippersnapper
Main tools: Strummol8, homemade Project 213
Top facts:

World (11 bt) Champion, How to be a Player DVD

Website

Name: Tyler Severance
Alias:  
Location:  
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: World (08) and Nat yo-yo champion, counter-weight division
Website

Name: Takahiko Hasegawa
Alias: Taka
Location: Japan
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: World (02, 05, 11) yo-yo champion, artistic performance division
Website

Name: Bob Rule
Alias: Mr. Yo-yo
Location:  
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: Duncan demonstrator; at one time he was also known as Mr. Spintop
Website www.mryoyo.com

Name: Rick Osbourne
Alias:  
Location: Tampa, Florida
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: Royal national yo-yo & spintop champion, Duncan demonstrator
Website  

Name: Steve Brown
Alias: Elvis
Location: Cleveland Heights, OH
Fav trick: Bermuda Triangle
Main tools: 10" SB2
Top facts: National Yo-Yo master. How to Be a Player DVD
Website  

Name: Omar Garza
Alias: Mexico
Location: Orlando, FL
Fav trick: Regens, wire walking
Main tools: Custom Hybrid QS, 5 estrellas
Top facts: Invented "corkscrew sandwich"
Website  

Name: Rob Tsou
Alias: robtsou, Dr. Nick
Location: Atlanta, GA
Fav trick:  
Main tools: Lathe
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Dave Schulte
Alias: Dazzling Dave
Location:  
Fav trick:  
Main tools: battling tops
Top facts: Ultimate Battletop of the Universe & 1st lightbulb battletop winner
Website www.dazzlingdave.com

Name: Kevin McKlusky
Alias: yocephus
Location: Raleigh, NC
Fav trick:  
Main tools: camera, diet rc
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Kevin Newell
Alias:  
Location:  
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: freestyled at worlds 2010
Website  

Name: Sam Niemeier
Alias:  
Location:  
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: Pizza spinner
Website  

Name: Stu Branoff
Alias: Stupendous
Location:  
Fav trick:  
Main tools: diabolo
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Petr Kavka
Alias:  
Location: Czech Republic
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Seth
Alias: waxyaxle
Location:  
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Main tools:  
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: John Higby
Alias: half of the Yo-Yo People
Location: Amherst, Massachussetts
Fav trick: Yoyoing while unicycling
Main tools:  
Top facts: Tours the world with Rebecca performing with skill toys
Website www.yoyopeople.com

Name: Beau Compton
Alias: runBMC
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Fav trick: Roadrunner
Main tools: Strummol8
Top facts: youngest player to throw Figaro
Website  

Name: Chris
Alias:  
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Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Hank Freeman
Alias:  
Location: Cleveland, OH
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: Yo-yo 3A US national champion
Website  

Name: Bryan Hemingway
Alias: hemingsoft
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Fav trick: Whip
Main tools: UC HDPE top
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Tai-Min Liu
Alias: TML
Location: Cincinnati, OH / Taiwan
Fav trick:  
Main tools: UC HDPE top
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Aaron Wade
Alias:  
Location: Cincinnati, OH / Florida
Fav trick: regenerating suns
Main tools: UC HDPE top
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: John Markus
Alias:  
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Fav trick:  
Main tools: Lathe, 10" tops
Top facts: builder of the Cincy giant tops
Website  

Name: Patrick Malsom
Alias:  
Location: Cincinnati, OH  (Michigan-bred )
Fav trick:  
Main tools: UC HDPE top
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Javier Fortes
Alias:  
Location: Mollina (Andalucía), Spain
Fav trick: barrel rolls
Main tools:  
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Sebastián del Pino
Alias:  
Location: Antequera (Andalucía), Spain
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: Top collector and popularizer
Website  

Name: Jack Ringca
Alias:  
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Fav trick:  
Main tools: Bearing King
Top facts: Duncan pro-demonstrator, 95 yo-yo nats champ (5A), musician
Website  

Name: Hans Van Dan Elzen
Alias: YoHans
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Fav trick:  
Main tools: Throwback
Top facts: Founder of Yoyofactory. Top collector
Website Yoyofactory.

Name: Brian Caster
Alias:  
Location: Salinas, CA
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Paul Kyprie
Alias: Zeemo
Location: Whitmore Lake, Michigan
Fav trick: getting rebooked for a show!
Main tools:  
Top facts: professional performer
Website www.zeemoshows.com

Name: Rick Prevett
Alias:  
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: force behind Flatland
Website  

Name: Chad Lunders
Alias:  
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Fav trick: Saturn Rings
Main tools: string epoxi shell with hard foam core top
Top facts: makes own tops, films in 3D
Website  

Name: Jek Kelly
Alias:  
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: Founder of Flatland Festival, (Australian) boomerang ace
Website  

Name: Mike Hickerson
Alias: shootist
Location: Cropwell, Alabama
Fav trick:  
Main tools: Strummol8 Giulia
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Austen Hickerson
Alias: Cropwell, Alabama
Location:  
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Jared
Alias: Bucsfan
Location: Orlando, Florida
Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Tim Simca
Alias:  
Location:  
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Top facts:  
Website  

Name:  
Alias: Free
Location:

 

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Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Branden
Alias:  
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Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Orlando
Alias:  
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Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Zac
Alias:  
Location:

 

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Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Noah
Alias:  
Location:

 

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Main tools:  
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Drew
Alias:  
Location:

 

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Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Justin Goss
Alias: SirBoot32
Location:

San Antonio, Texas

Fav trick: One hand lasso to Texas Cowpoke
Main tools: Trompo Grande (Salvador tip), Cuper 360 (Ti tip) and Diet BK
Top facts: Lucky guy
Website  

Name: Gustavo Castro
Alias: Gus the King
Location:

Mexico City, Mexico

Fav trick: Very high suicides
Main tools: Cometa tops
Top facts: Father of the modern Mexican style of play, creator of Wheel of Fortune (bastones), Orbits/Half-Orbits, etc., etc.
Website  

Name: Salvador Martinez
Alias: Huitzinakantli
Location:

Mexico City, Mexico

Fav trick: Ikzitl
Main tools: Jumbo
Top facts: Master of on-string regens and foot kicks
Website  

Name: Cautín
Alias: Tururú
Location:

Mexico City, Mexico

Fav trick: Speedy Gonzales
Main tools: Cometa tops
Top facts: Likes convertibles
Website  

Name: Salvador de la Rosa
Alias:  
Location:

Mexico City, Mexico

Fav trick:  
Main tools: Cometa tops
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Carlos Solis
Alias: Nica / Nasdravie
Location:

Mexico City, Mexico

Fav trick:  
Main tools: Cometa tops
Top facts: World 2012 Champion, originally from Nicaragua
Website  

Name: Omar Lemo
Alias:  
Location:

Mexico City, Mexico

Fav trick:  
Main tools: Cometa tops
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Omar de la Rosa
Alias:  
Location:

Mexico City, Mexico

Fav trick:  
Main tools: Skyy tops
Top facts: Owner of Skyy tops, brother of Salvador
Website  

Name: Miguel Angel Chavez
Alias:  
Location:

Mexico City, Mexico

Fav trick:  
Main tools: Cometa tops
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Raúl Sanchez
Alias:  
Location:

Mexico City, Mexico

Fav trick:  
Main tools: Cometa tops
Top facts: Cometa demonstrator
Website  

Name: Humberto Hernandez
Alias:  
Location:

Mexico City, Mexico

Fav trick:  
Main tools: Cometa tops
Top facts: Cometa demonstrator
Website  

Name: Eli Hickerson
Alias:  
Location:

Cropwell, Alabama

Fav trick:  
Main tools: Giulia
Top facts: Highest ladder score at worlds 2012
Website  

Name: Tony North
Alias: tonysauce
Location:

Provo, Utah

Fav trick: killer throw
Main tools: battletop
Top facts: Ultimate Battletop of the Universe winner 2010
Website  

Name: Kenneth
Alias: MechTop
Location:

Austin, Texas

Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: John Bozung
Alias:  
Location:

 

Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: Ultimate Battletop of the Universe winner 2008
Website  

Name: Mike Owens
Alias:  
Location:

San Antonio, Texas

Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: Large collection of peg tops
Website  

Name: Larry DiBiase
Alias:  
Location:

New York, NY

Fav trick:  
Main tools: Cincy tops
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Don Olney
Alias: The Toycrafter
Location:

Rochester, NY

Fav trick:  
Main tools: Spintop cart
Top facts: The Toycrafter made millions of tops, massive top collection
Website Moving Wood Studio

Name: Jason Rodriguez
Alias:  
Location:

Geneva, NY

Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Brad Wyman
Alias:  
Location:

Necedah, WI

Fav trick:  
Main tools:  
Top facts: Pass the Props co-owner
Website www.passtheprops.com

Name: Jim Neff
Alias:  
Location:

Buffalo, NY

Fav trick:  
Main tools: Cyclone, kongzhu
Top facts: Carries the largest number of spinning toys
Website  

Name: Jeff Peden
Alias:  
Location:

Rochester, NY

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Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Tyler Young
Alias:  
Location:

Brno, Czech Republic (originally from US)

Fav trick:
Main tools: S8 tops
Top facts: 2014 World Champ
Website  

Name: Alejandro Torres
Alias: Alex
Location:

Mexico City, Mexico

Fav trick:
Main tools: Cometa tops
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Marietta Slezak
Alias:  
Location:

Hungary

Fav trick:
Main tools: Cometa tops
Top facts: One of very few female Cometa pros
Website  

Name: Jakub Konecny
Alias:  
Location:

Czech Republic

Fav trick:  
Main tools: S8 tops
Top facts: Mutliple time Czech and European Champ
Website  

Name: Daniel Konecny
Alias:  
Location:

Czech Republic

Fav trick: To Hell and Back
Main tools: S8 tops
Top facts: 2014 European Champ
Website  

Name: Jan Kloubec
Alias:  
Location:

Czech Republic

Fav trick:
Main tools:  
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Alfredo Mascali
Alias:  
Location:

Madrid, Spain

Fav trick:
Main tools:  
Top facts: Founder Spanish Yoyo association
Website  

Name: Otvirak
Alias: Bottle Opener
Location:

Brno, Czech Republic

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Main tools:  
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Tomáš
Alias: Tomorex
Location:

Czech Republic

Fav trick:
Main tools:  
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Jan Dvorák
Alias:  
Location:

Czech Republic

Fav trick:
Main tools:  
Top facts: Father of Czech spintop play
Website  

Name: Maurizio Petruccioli
Alias:  
Location:

Cormons, Italy

Fav trick:
Main tools:  
Top facts: Creator of Strummol8 tops
Website  

Name: Nick Civitello
Alias:  
Location:

Kansas City

Fav trick:
Main tools:  
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Yuki
Alias:  
Location:

 

Fav trick:
Main tools:  
Top facts: Two-time world yo-yo champion
Website  

Name: Fernando Turegano
Alias:  
Location:

Cancun, Mexico

Fav trick:
Main tools:  
Top facts: Past demonstrator of many Mexican spintop companies
Website  

Name: Shigeo Matsushita
Alias: Beigoma Master
Location:

Japan

Fav trick:
Main tools: Exquisitely modded beigomas
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Yoshihito Fujita
Alias: Koma no Ochan (spinning top uncle)
Location:

Nagoya, Japan

Fav trick: Koma on sword
Main tools:  
Top facts: Owner of the Nagoya spinning top museum
Website Koma Museum

Name: Keita Watanabe
Alias:  
Location:

Nagoya, Japan

Fav trick:
Main tools:  
Top facts: Japanese National Champ 2013
Website  

Name: Shogo Ichikawa
Alias: Rupan
Location:

Nagoya, Japan

Fav trick:
Main tools:  
Top facts: Koma performer
Website  

Name: Kazuhito Miki
Alias:  
Location:

Itami (Osaka), Japan

Fav trick:
Main tools: Chonkake koma
Top facts: Expert chonkake performer
Website  

Name: Tsutomu Takeda
Alias: Koma no Takechan
Location:

Tokyo, Japan

Fav trick: Double katana (sword) and komas
Main tools:  
Top facts: Main performer on Nagoya Museum's instructional DVD
Website komanotakechan.wiki.fc2.com

Name: Ryoichi Katsukawa
Alias:  
Location:

Kobe, Japan

Fav trick:
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Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Yukino Watanabe
Alias:  
Location:

Nagoya, Japan

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Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Ondra Sedivy
Alias:  
Location:

Czech Republic

Fav trick:
Main tools:  
Top facts: Head honcho of Czech yo-yo association
Website  

Name: Quentin Godet
Alias:  
Location:

Paris, France

Fav trick:
Main tools:  
Top facts: European yo-yo (4A) champion
Website  

Name: Toshiaki Nakamura
Alias:  
Location:

Chiba, Japan

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Main tools:  
Top facts:  
Website  
 
Name: John Wolfe
Alias:  
Location:

Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

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Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Vasek Kroutil
Alias:  
Location:

Czech Republic

Fav trick:
Main tools:  
Top facts: Czech yo-yo star
Website  

Name: Fajar Siddiq
Alias:  
Location:

Singapore

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Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Rusty Steubing
Alias:  
Location:

San Antonio, Texas

Fav trick:
Main tools:  
Top facts: 1963 Duncan US National Champion
Website  

Name: Davin
Alias:  
Location:

Anaheim, California

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Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Derek
Alias:  
Location:

Anaheim, California

Fav trick:
Main tools: S8 bearing tops
Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Ian Smith
Alias:  
Location:

Kelseyville, California

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Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Daniel Lassanske
Alias:  
Location:

Atascadero, California

Fav trick:
Main tools:  
Top facts: One of the largest spintop collections around
Website  

Name: Lynn
Alias:  
Location:

 

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Name: Owen
Alias:  
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Main tools:  
Top facts: Juggler
Website  

Name: Mike Durdark
Alias:  
Location:

Ohio

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Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Kirk
Alias:  
Location:

Smyrna, Georgia

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Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Rachel
Alias:  
Location:

Smyrna, Georgia

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Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Marco Palma
Alias: Cuper
Location:

Guadalajara, Mexico

Fav trick:
Main tools:  
Top facts: Manufacturer of Trompos Cuper
Website  

Name: Nakayama Ko
Alias: Ko
Location:

Nagoya, Japan

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Top facts:  
Website  

Name: John Marcus
Alias:  
Location:

Grayslake, Illinois

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Top facts:  
Website  

Name: Alan Chen
Alias:  
Location:

Austin, Texas

Fav trick:
Main tools: Taiwanese traditional tops
Top facts: Expert diabolist
Website