Last Sunday I stopped by the Bullwhip Study Group that’s held at the Seattle Wushu Center for about 15 minutes on my way to a show. While I was there they were trying to use a whip to flick a piece of paper in the air, the hit it again as it fell. Here’s Gary and Restita working on it:
I managed to do this, but of course since I was recording with my camera I didn’t record myself doing it (I know I should have had someone else hold the camera).
After I left they were working on grabbing a water bottle:
The Bullwhip Study Group is every 3rd Sunday at the Seattle Wushu Center. They are a great group and if you are in the Seattle area they are worth a visit! For more info visit: http://seattlewushucenter.com
One of the classic tricks with a bullwhip that you read about are people “Knocking the top off a bottle with a bullwhip”. The first time I remember reading that trick in my mind the person was opening a bottle, not merely knocking a a cap that was placed on top of it of.
Here’s a video of the Seattle Snapdragon’s bullwhip group and in the second half of it you see them trying to knock the top off of a bottle…but it’s an opened bottle with the cap set upside down on top:
And here’s a link to an old time news reel that shows a guy knocking the stopper (cork) out of a bottle: http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=10509 The bottle trick is showN at the beginning and again in slow motion at the end. And this one has a clearer view of another performer knocking the cork out of a bottle: http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=65287 Finally here’s Dan Hassett knocking the cork out of a bottle while on horse back: http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=28283
I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of actually opening a bottle with a bullwhip. I don’t know what recently got me thinking about this, but it’s been in my head for the last few weeks. Unfortunately the Seattle weather has been to wet to go out and try it, but that gave me time to think it through. I’m using a long neck Coke bottle instead of a beer bottle with a shorter neck. Also the coke bottle is made from fairly thick glass on the neck compare to a beer bottle. For a bullwhip I’m using a fairly heavy four foot bullwhip that’s kangaroo and only 4 plait. I use this bullwhip for a lot of tricks where there can be abrasive damage to the bullwhip.
Finally after a lot of thought I tried opening a bottle and here’s my first attempt:
Honestly I’m amazed that I got it on the first try, that’s why after I opened the bottle I stand there doing nothing, I’m stunned!
I came up with this idea for a “one man” bullwhip trick. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t at least a little bit inspired by the video of Dante that I posted the other day. I liked the balloon popping, but as a one person act (no assistant) I’m sometimes limited to what I can do. Here’s my solution:
I’m working on a new bullwhip trick for my show. I’ve heard of people being able to turn lights on and off with a bullwhip and I’m assuming they are flipping a light switch up and down. I’m working on a trick with my signal whip (made by Joe Strain) to turn a lamp off.
I had to build the lamp so that it would collapse into the case that I carry my show in. The lamp is basicially made of PVC pipe with cord running through it. It has a couple of right angles so the lamp can come out of the top of my case, but the bulb is about 10 inches to above and to the right of the case.