Circus Magazine

Circus Magazine

Here’s a picture of an elephant with a whip trainer from a vintage circus magazine:


That sure is a sad looking elephant.  Ringling doesn’t use whips (currently or in recent memory) in any of their elephant performances.  I’ve got a buddy that was an circus elephant trainer a long time ago and he’s told me that he’d never used whips to train or perform with elephants.  I think this is an “artist’s representation” of the act.

I’m always fascinated with how whips are portrayed to the non-whip public.  For example people are aware of lifestyle whip use, and whips used in  performance, but are pretty much unaware of sport whip cracking.



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