Get cracking to see whip master
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.