Professional Whip Artistry Training & Entertainment

Professional Whip Artistry Training & Entertainment

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  • Bullwhip Lesson with Gery L. Deer: Candle Snuffing

    April 2014 – For many years, The Whip Artistry Studio director, Gery L. Deer, has been asked to produce some “how to” videos and here is the first of those. Here, Gery teaches whip student, Hollie Bradley, how to snuff out a candle with a whip. This is one of the most common whip tricks, dating back (on film) to Douglas Fairbanks in “Don Q: Son of Zorro” (1925).

    Here, Gery teaches Hollie the art of the direct candle snuff, using basic, vertical utility candles and a 5 1/2 foot, 8-plait, single-belly kangaroo whip with an ordinary nylon popper (not polypropylene). The direct candle snuff uses the circus crack (cattleman’s crack) to blow the candle out straight across, rather than the easier ‘scoop vacuum’ version, using a variation of the sidearm crack. This was the very first time Hollie ever tried the candle snuff. Great job, Hollie! (Our thanks to Rich Hoffman for the video clip!)

  • Wild West artists descend on The Whip Artistry Studio

    Filming some demo material for Richard and Donna Best.

    Filming some demo material for Richard and Donna Best.

    Saturday, April 12, 2014 – The Whip Artistry Studio played host to a half-dozen Wild West arts practitioners who met up to enjoy the company, the arts and the preservation of their crafts. Studio director, whip artist Gery L. Deer was joined by nylon whip maker David Crain of Heartbeat Artistry, who arranged the gathering for the benefit of Richard Best, of the Black Lightning Wild West Show.

    Richard and his wife Donna traveled down from northern Ohio. They’ve known Gery Deer for more than a decade and have worked with him for many years at the Annie Oakley Festival in Greenville, Ohio. Originally, Crain and Best chose the Studio simply as a meeting point but managed to arrange for some video to be taken by another patron of the studio, Rich Hoffman of Middletown, Ohio.

    Hoffman is a whip practitioner himself and the author of the books, “The Symposium of Justice,” and “Tail of the Dragon.” In 2009, he and Gery produced a film short that won them Best Experimental Micro Film at the Indy Gathering film festival in Cleveland. They’ve worked on several projects together and have discussed a new film project in the near future.

    “The Whip Artistry Studio” – with Gery L. Deer and David Crain. Video by Rich Hoffman:

    Also in attendance was roper, musician Doug Smith, of Medway, Ohio. Doug was one of the founders of the Annie Oakley event, running the roping activities for several years. He attended this particular meeting of the Western arts to catch up with one of his roping students, Hollie Bradley. Hollie is just getting started as an up-and-coming trick roper and recently started whip lessons under Gery L. Deer at The Whip Artistry Studio.

    Here are some photos and video from the day’s activities. Thanks to Debra Bays, Rich Hoffman and all who participated in a great day! Watch for information on other Wild West activities from The Whip Artistry Studio and GLD Enterprises.

  • January is National Whip Artistry Month!

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    January is National Whip Artistry Month!

    For those who are looking to take up Whip Artistry / Whip Cracking or even if you’ve been handling a whip for a long time, this is a great time of year to look into new whip-related activities like conventions, contests, lessons and more!

    The Whip Artistry Studio is offering some great educational session for the month including special pricing on Beginner Basics Coaching, Couples Whip Lessons, Whip Arts for Stage, Designing Your Show and Proper Care & Feeding of Your Whip! Here are more detail!

    Beginner Basics Coaching – Whip Artistry 101
    This is our most popular session. We take you through some of the history of the whip and get your hands on many different styles and types from basic, American cowhides to professional Australian styles. This is a basics session but can be adjusted to your skill and goal level. Classes start at $75.
    Couples Whip Lessons
    One of our most popular activities, Couples sessions include 90 minutes of bullwhip coaching for you and your significant other! Learn the basics or pick up some new tricks. It’s a fun activity to do together and share something unique! Available for the special price of $150 through February 28, 2013. Call or email for reservations.

    Whip Arts for Stage
    Are you a performer? Whip Arts for Stage offers the stage performer the opportunity to learn the whip or learn to seamlessly blend it into an existing show. Ideal for Ren Fair or Sideshow performers, stage comedians, actors and stunt performers, mounted trick riders and more! Pricing starts at $75 per hour. Offered Year-Around.

    Proper Care and Feeding of Your Whip.
    A quality bullwhip or stockwhip is an investment. Averaging anywhere from $400 to $1,500, a well-made kangaroo whip can last a lifetime if properly maintained. The same goes for nylon and cowhide designs. In this session, you can learn some of the best ways to maintain your whip through proper conditioning, preventative care, how to change popper and falls, and how to choose the best tools and products for your needs. Sessions start at $95 per hour. Offered January – March and October – December.

    All sessions are available at your location anywhere in the continental United States, Canada and Mexico at additional cost plus travel fees. Call us, 9am-4pm M-Fr EST, or email today to make a reservation – (937) 902-4857 or

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