President, Spintastics Skill Toys, Inc. and Science of Spin LLC
Developer of the Science
of Spin school program.
1992 World Yo-Yo Champion
One of only four initial "National Yo-Yo Master"
Founder and Former President of the American
2006 Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, World Yo-Yo
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
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 1992. Dale also
introduced the “off-string” technique to the yo-yo world. Having
first done it in 1958, he reintroduced this type of play upon the
introduction of the TigerShark yo-yo in 1998.
Today, Oliver travels extensively doing yo-yo promotions and his
well-known Yo-Yo Fun and Science of Spin school programs. An hour-long school assembly is followed by P.E.
clinics where he teaches the art of yo-yoing to more than 40,000
children 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 presently involved in training other yo-yo players to
duplicate his school program in their own states and has set and runs
annual national and international yo-yo contests, hoping that someday
yo-yoing will become an Olympic event. Dale is currently engaged in
world yo-yo tours, promoting the sport of yo-yoing, his educational
school program, and sales of Spintastics yo-yos.