Professional Whip Artistry Training & Entertainment

Professional Whip Artistry Training & Entertainment


  • Indiana Jones “AfterDARK at the Museum” June 10 – Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh

    If you’re an Indiana Jones fan near Pittsburgh, PA, don’t miss this great event. Details provided by the Carnegie Museum …

    Gery L. Deer will perform at the Carnegie Museum "AfterDark" event June 10

    Gery L. Deer will perform at the Carnegie Museum “AfterDark” event June 10

    Satisfy your curiosity for the natural world over cocktails as you (re)discover Carnegie Museum of Natural History…After Dark. Enjoy exclusive access to the museum’s permanent collection and hands-on spaces, explore special topics in science, and experience uniquely-themed, fun-filled entertainment and live music.

    Registration for each event includes museum admission; beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres are available for purchase.

    All After Dark guests must be at least 21 years old. Proper identification is required, and all guests must show ID at the door. Parking at the museum’s six-level parking facility is available after 5 p.m. at a pay-on-entry fee of $6.

    Indiana Jones… After Dark
    Friday, June 10
    6–10 p.m.

    “IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!”

    We couldn’t agree more, Indy! Dust off your best hat and enter an Indiana Jones themed costume contest. Get whipped into a frenzy watching well-known professional whip artist Gery Deer. Search for treasure through the museum halls in a scavenger hunt, make your own rubbing of ancient inscriptions, and take a selfie with a life sized replica boulder. Watch “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” on the big screen and see our very own “Fred” the solid crystal skull. Enjoy a performance of the movie series’ famous score by members of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. Meet snakes from the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium and see amazing museum artifacts up close while sipping on special themed cocktails.

    Cap off the night by dancing to music provided by Pittsburgh Vibes Unlimited!


  • Mark your calendars – 2016 Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase!

    GREENVILLE, OH –  The Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase events will be two days this year, Friday July 29 and Saturday, July 30, 2016. All events begin at noon on Friday with open workshops and impromptu demonstrations and a full performance tentatively set for 6PM! On Saturday, everything starts at 1 p.m. with the Whip Contest Exhibition, which will include speed and accuracy, bullwhip fast draw and a style contest.

    Contests will be followed by a matinee performance featuring whip artist Gery L. Deer, the knife throwing skills of Bass Blades and more. The Grand Wild West Showcase will be hosted by The Brothers & Co. Entertainers music and variety show.

    And the best part? This year’s Annie Oakley Event is FREE admission!

    Check out WDTN-TV2’s Katie Kenney with Gery Deer on “Living Dayton” …

    For full details visit http://www.ohiowesternarts.org
    Two great videos highlighting the event – provided by Rich Hoffman …

    “Last year breathed new life into this long-running event,” Deer says. “Our goal is to provide a featured event for Saturday that will help draw more people on what is typically the busiest day of the festival.” For more information or to participate in the whip contests, contact the production office of GLD Enterprises at (937) 902-4857 or email, gdeer@gldenterprises.net.

    For more information on the festival, visit www.annieoakleyfestival.org.


  • The whip and television …

    For many years, variety entertainment has included some kind of bullwhip performer. From the days of Lash LaRue traveling the country to promote his movies to modern whip artists performing on daytime talk shows, the media has forever been tied to whip artistry.

    The Whip Artistry Studio director, Gery Deer, has performed on dozens of shows over the years. Here are a few segments from his 2008 performance on The Bonnie Hunt Show … in two parts.


  • Bill Franz, “Dayton at Work and Play” photographer visits The Whip Artistry Studio

    By Gery L. Deer

    In the 17 years since opening the studio, we have had literally hundreds of media requests for photo and video shoots, interviews or access for feature stories in the news. Most of them are refused for one reason or another. But a couple of weeks ago I was contacted by a local photographer named Bill Franz.

    Photo by Bill Franz

    Photo by Bill Franz

    Bill was interested in stopping by the studio to take some photos of me working the whips, just for artistic interest. Bill is a well-known photography figure in the Dayton, Ohio area and runs a Facebook page called “Dayton at Work and Play,” where he displays his talents by capturing the images that are Dayton.

    From the shorelines of the Great Miami to the parks and people that make this region so unique, Bill’s work clearly offers the rest of us a look at what a true artist sees through his lens.

    I had seen his work through a business associate and was impressed with some stock photography he’d given her to use in a promotional website. What I didn’t know was that his take on photography was one of genuine passion and interest.

    Usually, when a photographer wants to see something, he has a

    Photo by Bill Franz

    Photo by Bill Franz

    specific move or trick he or she would like to capture. But Bill was open to just about anything. Afterwards we talked about work, business and writing. I was fascinated by his view of local society, so I made it a point to take more time with his photos. Impressive doesn’t even come close to what I thought.

    In any case, Bill will be back soon to do some photos with me and Barbara (Scout) for a show taking place next year in Yellow Springs, Ohio. If you have time, take a moment to look through his work.  More to come.

    Update: Bill returned to our studio for a photo shoot with the editor of the Dayton City Paper, Sarah Sidlow, and took some more amazing shots …

    See more of Bill’s work At SmugMug – http://billfranz.smugmug.com/

    or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DaytonAtWorkAndPlay?fref=ts




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