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Yo-Yo Performer & Motivational Speaker – Japan, International

Make your event unforgettable, book BLACK to speak at your event – we are a booking agent for BLACK, and can arrange for him to entertain your guests. Born in Tokyo, Japan, BLACK is a professional Yo-Yo performer extending the limits of the Yo-Yo as performance art.

BLACK takes the simple Yo-Yo and makes it the instrument of exhilarating and genre-bending performance art. Twice World Yo-Yo Champion, his Yo-Yo artistry weaves elements of jazz dance, ballet, acrobatics, magic, ninja lore and Japanese traditional theatre into an ever-expanding performance repertoire.

Comfortable performing to individuals or large venues alike, BLACK has gone from stage and TV in Japan to engaging a global audience. In 2013 BLACK was invited to deliver a TED talk and he has recently performed as a member of Cirque du Soleil’s touring show Kurios.

In addition to the boundary-expanding entertainment of his Yo-Yo performances, BLACK has become an accomplished public speaker. He delivers talks about his experience on TED and how dreams can become realities if you keep your passion and believe in yourself.

Career highlights:

• TED talk ‘My journey to Yo-Yo mastery’ viewed over 6 million times
• Performed on tour with Cirque du Soleil for two years
• Twice World Yo-Yo Champion
• First Japanese TED Conference speaker
• First Yo-Yo performer in Cirque du Soleil

Contraband is the UK’s top booking agent, with amicable, knowledgeable account managers who guarantee you the best deal possible. Contact us today if you would like to book BLACK to be the headline of your event! We as your booking agent are more than happy to help you create the most memorable moments with BLACK.

Available to perform: Japan, International

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Here’s what BLACK Yo-Yo performer’s clients said:

‘Black is not just an extraordinarily talented performer, but also has an inspiring personal story. His appearance at TED2013 won a standing ovation, and created a big hit online.’
Chris Anderson, Curator, TED

‘BLACK inspired, entertained, and WOWed our employees at our all hands meeting! Highly recommended!’
Tony Hsieh, CEO,

‘BLACK is an amazing performer who has taken a simple child’s toy and turned it into an instrument for insight and inspiration.’
Daniel Pink, author of HIGH CONCEPT and MOTIVATION 3.0

‘We were very happy to have BLACK as our first ever artist performing the art of yoyo on one of our stages, the touring show Kurios-Cabinet of Curiosities. He mesmerised the audiences for the first two years of our North American tour. His speed, stage presence, expression touched the souls of the spectators and was one of the highlights of the show.’
Michel Laprise, Director, Kurios-Cabinet of Curiosities by Cirque du Soleil

‘His performance is not just a show, but does have a story. Even his world’s best Yo-Yo technique is just a tool to explain that. He expressed theme of our event “connection” perfectly through his performance. That means the communication between us and suppliers had pushed up to the next level. We do recommend him for many types of occasions not only as an entertainer, but also as a storyteller.’
Singh Maninderpal, Procurement department Manager, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation


BLACK Yo-Yo Performer’s previous clients:

Harley-Davidson Japan K.K.
Canon Marketing Japan Inc.
The Institute for International Business Communication
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited
Charles Schwab
Cirque du Soleil
Cisco India

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