How to Crack a Whip like an Action Hero

Learn the skill of whip Cracking for Stage and Film or just for fun.
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2013 English

Course Description

This course teaches Fancy whip cracking from beginner to near expert status. Upon completion of the course students will be able to perform the whip sequence shown on the intro video. The Course cover whips and maintenance, basic and advanced cracks and how to create a fancy whip cracking routine

What are the requirements?

  • You will need a whip
  • A Large space to practice

What am I going to get from this course?

  • To teach student how to crack a bullwhip like an Action Hero
  • How to create a whip routine
  • How to choose a bullwhip
  • How to maintain/repair a bullwhip
  • Whip Safety

Who is the target audience?

  • Whip Enthusiasts
  • Actors
  • Performers
  • Stuntmen

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Whips and their Care

This lecture talks about types of whips, the parts of the whip, and where to get them.


In this lecture you learn to repair a whip and make your own poppers and how to tie them.

Section 2: Cracking like an Action Hero!

In this lecture you learn the most common crack a bull whip artist uses, the Circus Crack.This crack is the most used for target cracking as well.


This lecture teaches the universal crack. This crack was made famous by Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones Movies.


The Drag Crack is a great transitional crack that is a one movement crack. it easily transitions into the circus crack.


This lecture teaches the side crack. This is a great transitional crack that leads into the universal crack.


Anyone who has ever seen a whip used in a western movie or a Zorro movie has seen the Stage coach Crack. This Lecture teaches this popular technique.


The "C" crack is a great transitional crack that adds a quick changeover in a fast whip routine. It leads easily into the circus crack,


In Lesson Seven you learn the chariot crack. This crack is designed to keep the whipping action above your body which helps when navigating set pieces on stages or avoiding your horse and chariot.


This lecture teaches how to add reverse cracks to the Chariot crack to become the bee hive crack.


In this lesson you learn the "Good Night" Crack. It is a variation of the side crack that ends in a wrap around your body.


In this lecture, you will learn several other cracking styles and hear thoughts on creating your own routines.

Section 3: Conclusion

This is the wrap up lecture

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Instructor Biography

John Davis, Professional Fight Director for over twenty years.

John has been a theater professional for more than two decades. Though his original course of study is in architecture, his love of theater overtook his professional aspirations and he left his career behind for performing, directing, and choreographing for the stage. John has directed hundreds of performances nationally and is a Professor in the Theater Department at Oberlin College in Ohio.
His approach brings the actors to their peak performances for rave reviews.

John is probably best known for his comedy sword-fighting show "Hack and Slash." The show has been seen internationally for two decades and over four thousand performances. After the events of September 11, 2001, John spent a large portion of every year entertaining the armed forces on six USO tours. These tours traveled to sixteen countries including the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Iraq. In March of 2006, while in Fallujah, Iraq, Hack and Slash performed their one hundredth show for the USO.

In 2011, John’s play “The Ballade of Robyn Hood” premiered to standing ovation crowds at a Michigan Theater. The play received rave reviews and is in being considered by three theater companies for performance in upcoming seasons.

As an instructor for the International Order of the Sword and Pen (I.O.S.P.), John is considered a top stage combat professional around the globe. He works regularly with the top instructors and the choreographers from both stage and film, creating friendships and a professional network.

John is also an expert hilt-smith who designs and crafts stage combat and re-enactment weapons to have none of the usual welds or castings (with exception of the smallswords) that can cause the failure of some modern weapons. Each piece is individually constructed and assembled for proper fit and ring. The Fight Director Line weapons are designed to be safe, reliable pieces that can be used for many years. View and purchase John's weapons at

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