Re: Amateur whipcracker

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Posted by Dale Dassel from on February 15, 1998 at 14:37:54:

In Reply to: Re: Amateur whipcracker posted by Dan Borton on February 15, 1998 at 11:45:00:

: Hi Dale, I have been cracking whips for about fifteen years, and I find that a wooden pole (a long smooth broom handle will work) driven about a foot or so into the ground works well for holding up targets. This way you can attach you target to the top of the pole with tape and cut away. David Morganís book is great, and has a lot of very helpful instructions in it, however you might also want to check out the Whip Cracking made easy and Art of the Bull whip video tapes, that David Morgan has available. They also have lots of great tips and information, plus you get the benefit of seen the techniques being done for comparison. Hope this helps.

: Dan

Thanks Dan, I will try that as soon as the weather gets better.
It just poured last night and I absolutely refuse to let my
whip get wet. Yes I do have David Morgans book and it was the
Fancy Whip Cracking chapter that sparked me ato ask for several
human volunteers yesterday. For pure showmanship, it's more
vivid and terrifying when you use a human target. People naturally
think that this person is in mortal danger. Not so if he or she
is under the care of an advanced whipcracker of many years experience,
such as yourself. I'm mot nearly as good as you, but I was
confident that I could perform this particular trick, because I
have done target work before. I actually studied in regular and
slow-motion the whipwork done by Harrison Ford and Glen Randall
on the Making of Raiders tape. I also learned some cool round-
about and reverse cracking from watching the whipwork done by
Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman in the movie Batman Returns, as
well as the Making of Batman Returns, and the instructional work
by Anthony DeLongis. I must tip my hat to you, an experienced whip
master of fifteen years experience. You must have taken up the art
soon after seeing Raiders, am I right?

-Dale Dassel

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