Get cracking to see whip master

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

BUY­ING his first whip at 10 years of age, Wal­ter ‘Whip’ LeSouef is an ex­pert at the art of whip cracking and fire whip and has an ex­cit­ing ex­hi­bi­tion of his tal­ents lined up for the Moss­man Show.

“I guess I al­ways loved ev­ery­thing coun­try and leather and I pretty well taught my­self whip cracking,” Wal­ter said.

“And I have de­vel­oped a few of my own which I use in the show.”

One of his sig­na­ture cracks in­volves an 8 foot (2.5m) bul­lock whip with a 4 foot (1.2m) han­dle.

“I also whip a rose out of my as­sis­tant’s mouth with a burn­ing whip dur­ing my show which is pretty ex­cit­ing,” he said.

Wal­ter Whip will hold free work­shops on the ba­sic art of whip cracking on the two days of the Moss­man Show.

“The work­shops go for be­tween 2 and 3 hours and both adults and chil­dren are in­vited,” he said.

“I will teach a cou­ple of ba­sic whip cracks and if some­one knows a few, I will try and teach them a cou­ple of new ones.”

Wal­ter was in­spired to be­come a whip cracker as a child and used to clear the edges of his fam­ily’s drive­way with his whip. He then started shows at the Aus­tralian Wool­shed in Bris­bane.

“I have only per­formed once in Far North Queens­land at Tully and only had a fly­ing visit through Cairns and Port Dou­glas, so I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing at the Moss­man Show,” Wal­ter said.

The fire whip show which is sched­uled at night, is a ‘must see’.

Wal­ter Whip prom­ises ‘lash­ings’ of ex­cite­ment.

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