BN No. 45: Pushing Your Envelope, Two Big West Coast Conventions Coming, Whip Stories from Around the Web, A Year-End Personal Note           View this email in your browser


"Dubbed the '85 percent rule,- research suggests a certain degree of failure is vital to efficient learning..." 

(Note: This is how to push our own whip-cracking envelopes - RD)

       The 2020 Los Angeles Whip Cracking Convention iLAWCs a few weeks away, Saturday and Sunday January 4-5 at Buena Vista Park in Burbank, California. The event will feature whip makers Johnny Öhgren and Australian Peter Thorndike.
       Hosted by Dakota and Adam Winrich for the fifth year, activities include competitions and demos. The $20.00 entry fee allows whip enthusiasts of all ages to participate in all contests. 
       Here's the Saturday schedule: 
  • 9 am: Registration
  • 10 am: Most Spaghetti Cuts
  • 11 am:  Speed and Accuracy
  • 1 pm:  Single Whip Freestyle
  • 2 pm: Double Whip Freestyle
       There will also be a Group Photo, a Bullwhip Fast Draw contest, and a Long Whip Competition.
       Prizes for the contests include whips contributed by world-class whip makers. A prize whip donated by Teerapong Nillapat from Thailand sports a gold flake-embossed handle.
       "We will also order pizza for the end of the day," Adam says, "so everyone can share some food before going their own ways for the night."
       Speaking of world-class whip makers, Thorndike will run his popular whip making competition again this year on Sunday.   (There will be separate competitions for leather whips and synthetic whips.) Thorndike also will present a whip-making workshop.

       Todd Rex (whip teacher of Jason "Aquaman" Momoa) will demo a whip-tossing workshop, and Adam will do a Queensland Crossover class. (Momoa scares the bejesus out of James Corden in the clip below. RD)
       Adam adds, "This year I will also be raffling off some whips from my collection so that even people who don’t compete can have the chance to win a whip and support the convention by buying a raffle ticket."
       A worthy cause, folks, with some mighty fine people involved. Book your Airbnb for the weekend now!

       Presented by Western Stage Props' owner Kyle Petersen, this second annual gathering will highlight top-notch performers and presenters.
       Events takes place at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, 4500 W Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
      The three-day event celebration will feature classes focused on the four classic Western art forms of gun spinning and handling, knife throwing, trick roping and whip cracking. The festival will also include open practice time, skill sharing sessions, lighthearted competitions, nightly events including a dinner show, and more!
        The entry fee of $350.00 entitles each attendee to:
  • Unlimited classes Thursday-Saturday
  • Thursday night competitions and welcome party
  • Friday night Young Guns Show
  • Saturday night Gunslinger's Costume Ball and Legends Dinner Show
  • One meal at Saturday night dinner show with your choice of entree
  • Open floor practice time and skill sharing sessions
  • Wild West Arts Fest T-Shirt
  • Event photo keepsake
       Classes will be held from 10am to 5pm each day. There will be a wide array of classes daily for all skill levels in all disciplines, as well as performance workshops and auxiliary classes.
       To ensure a successful festival, overall attendance will be capped this year, Peterson says. "We encourage everyone interested to register as early as possible to secure your spot." A limited number of Spectator Passes are available for $80.00.
       (The Orleans has made a number of discounted rooms available to Wild West Arts Fest attendees. These special rates are available for guests staying between April 22nd through April 26th. If you are making reservations by phone please reference promo code AWW0C04. The Orleans offers free parking to all guests.)


Jason Momoa & James Corden Do Archery & Whip Training,,,! (Just Jared)
       "But when Jason shows up with a pair of vintage motorcycles and plans to do archery and whip training, James has to dig deep  ..."
       (Note: It was Todd Rex who first showed Jason "Aquaman" Momoa how to handle a bullwhip. -RD-)

Zoe Kravitz To Step Into Catwoman's Shoes In Matt Reeves' 'The Batman' (Sunriseread)
       "The forged, whose array of weapon is a bullwhip, made her first debut as “The Cat” in Batman #1 within the spring of 1940 and is acknowledged as ..."

NOVA's Secret Life of Scientists - Jessica Cail (Facebook)
       "Experimental psychologist Jessica Cail told us how she learned to work a bullwhip for her Hollywood stunt work..."
       (Note: Yes, this is old news, but it's still a fun moment, and for some reason it was making the rounds, again. -RD-)

In the "Imagine My Surprise!" Category:
       Sometimes the Universe sends me a postcard, and here is one: A Creative Commons website with a fine photo gallery pertaining to the poet Dante Allighieri includes a photo of me in costume from 20 years ago. What this means, I do not know.

       Here ends 2019, a most mixed and eventful year for me. I hope the 2020 Bullwhip Newsletter will continue to be both informative and entertaining for its now 600 subscribers.
       The Bullwhip Index at is updated with new entries and streamlined for ease of use. I'll scrub the website to remove inactive links in January. (If you want to add a person or company, send an email to
       My 2020 schedule is now up at By popular demand, I'm again presenting workshops in Denmark (and Norway) in addition to my annual East Coast USA Tour.
       Although my Patreon website is off to a slow start, I'm thanking those contributors who have so generously supported my art with these snazzy new Dante coffee mugs. Thank You!

(Note: I may do a second run in a few months if there is interest. And if you'd like to help me out in 2020, go to Patreon
 and pick a tier. Your support is appreciated! -RD-)
       From our high home in downtown Minneapolis, Mary and I send you our warmest good wishes for this holiday season and for the new year ahead. Be safe, and I'll see you down the road --
       Best thoughts,
       - Robert Dante -

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