THE BULLWHIP

By William Gurstelle

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Photography by Sam Murphy

WHIP IT GOOD

You don’t have to be Chuck Yeager to break the sound barrier. You just need a good bullwhip, which converts arm movement into supersonic speed and triggers the sonic boom we call a whip crack.

I love the scene in The Blues Brothers when Joliet Jake Blues (John Belushi) and his band are playing at a roadside dive. The tough crowd is throwing bottles, and the chicken-wire screen in front of the stage is doing only a mediocre job of protecting them. Jake spies a coiled bullwhip hanging on the wall, and a light bulb flashes in his head. He grabs the whip and gets the band to ...

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