Here’s one of the few positive mentions of someone using a bullwhip in the news:
Indiana Ben cracks whip at state fairgrounds
Jugheads Youth Juggling Co.’s Paul Arneberg gives his students plenty of freedom to succeed on their own terms.
Ben Moore — a Woodbury resident, Arneberg’s nephew and “just one of the Jugheads,” his mother said — combined his study of the sport of juggling with a little inspiration a la Harrison Ford.
Indiana Ben is a new act featuring juggling balls, rings and clubs, plus the cracking of two whips, and the wearing of a trenchcoat and a fedora.
And 12-year-old Moore’s favorite part of the show?
“Scaring people with the bullwhip,” he said.
A performer must play to the audience, Moore added.
“He likes the reaction,” said Tammi, his mother
Read the whole article at: http://www.woodburybulletin.com/life/arts-and-entertainment/3816236-indiana-ben-cracks-whip-state-fairgrounds
It’s always great when there’s a story that promotes sport whip cracking!
It’s been raining for the last few days here in Seattle which is no good for whip cracking at the park. Yesterday I was down in Vancouver WA (near Portland OR) performing and it wasn’t raining and I managed to get in a 20 minute whip cracking session.
I’m working on a couple of cracks right now (and just starting to get the hang of them), so I try to find time practice them. I’m working on jumping an doing a crack under my feet while doing an overhead crack at the same time. I’m leading into that crack with a figure 8 crack. The other thing I”m working on is doing Hassett’s Four Corners two handed. I’m having a bit of trouble getting the 2nd crack to be loud, but yesterday I think I figured out that I wasn’t moving my arm far enough back on the 2nd crack.
Later today I’m going to try to get some more work on a 6 foot KotCS bullwhip, I’ve got the 2nd bolster cut out and prepared. The next step for that bullwhip is for me to cut out the overlay. I’ve been timing my work on this bullwhip and I’ll post my times when it’s finished.
I found this picture on the internet, specifically on the Travels With a Muse blog.
The picture is of Wayne White, I don’t know anything about him. There are a couple of interesting things that I noticed about the picture.
- It’s a long bullwhip, most street performers use shorter whips due to space limitations (except for doing wraps).
- He’s using it on concrete… generally this is a “no no”, but I sometimes use mine on concrete when I don’t have any other options.
- He still has a wrist loop on his bullwhip, most performers whips don’t have loops.
I always love pictures of performers working their whips.
My show today at the University District Street fair went well. It was 85ish degrees and it was a lot work to keep up my energy performing in the sun.
Above I’m cutting a flower target and below I’m about to cut a Banana
Look at that nice loop in the above picture.
Above is the end of my show where I made a 6 oranges and a melon appear from three empty cups and my hat. It’s a fun show!
Yesterday I cut out both bellies for another 8 foot indy style bullwhip. I cut the bellies at a park between shows yesterday…So I sorta have two 8 foot bullwhips in the works. One is the KotCS style and that one has one belly plaited and the other bullwhip in the works is an 8 foot Old School Indy (morgan look).
Today I should be able to get the 2nd belly of the KotCS bullwhip finished. With a bit of luck I’ll be able to get some or all of the overlay cut out too.
Lately I’ve been able to get some bullwhip cracking in early in the day before the weather gets bad. With two handed cracking I learned something new (to me). In the past to go from cracking a figure 8 with both cracks together (doing the same thing at the same time) to doing opposite cracks (one hand doing the forward crack while the other does a reverse forward), I would move the cracks to a staggered pattern, then to a more pronounced stagger and finally to an opposite pattern.
What I learned was if I do a regular figure 8 in one hand and a fast figure 8 in the other they end up in opposite pattern. However I did have to teak the timing a tad, so the first crack of both aren’t together. I’ll try to make a little video of this today (but probably won’t have time).
Here’s a quick video of the Blue Bullwhip that I made.
Well I’ve started making an Indiana Jones IV style bullwhip. Originally I had posted that I was going to make them how I normally make my bullwhips without the rigid transition area. When I started making this whip, without thinking I started binding the transitions. So the whip will have the rigid transition.
I was talking with someone that the were telling me that they thought the long stiff tranny is was part of the new bullwhips look. We haven’t seen much of this bullwhip, but if I recall correctly there are movie stills of Indy’s bullwhip with a more traditional transition and the Jacka style.
This whip is going to be 8 feet in lenth and it’s got an 8 inch handle with a lead loaded butt.
I have enough of the proper colored hides to make a 4 foot whip, and another 8 foot whip (possibly a 10 foot if I’m lucky!).
Hopefully I’ll find time today to do some of the plaiting on the overlay, and finish the whip tomorrow…but we’ll see.
Today my daughter and I are going to a “Kangaroo Farm” that’s about an hours drive from my house to take the kangaroo tour. I’ve heard they let you feed the kangaroos!
I don’t know if I ever posted pictures of this little bullwhip / single tail. I’m not sure what to call it. I made it a while ago out of leftover pieces of kangaroo from larger bullwhips.
It’s got a 6 inch handle and a shot loaded belly with a braided cracker. Basically I made it like a signal whip / single tail, but put a 6 inch handle in it.
This bullwhip is for sale for $175 [quickshop:4 ft 2tone singletail bullwhip:price:175.00:shipping:10:shipping2:0:end]