Minneapolis, MN (PressExposure) June 06, 2013 -- Bullwhip artist Robert Dante set a new world record hitting ten targets with a cracking whip in the space of a single breath June 1 at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, MD.
Guinness World Records' "Fastest Whip" criteria required Dante to target ten 7-oz plastic cups set in a straight line. Using a nylon snakewhip, Dante cracked and struck each cup in sequence while timers, cameramen and witnesses watched the early-morning attempt.
A Minnesota resident, Dante traveled east to Maryland to take his shot at a place in the record book. His time of 3.87 seconds is almost a full second faster than the old record of 4.85 seconds held by Adam Winrich for four years.
No stranger to competitive whip cracking, Dante has held the Guinness World Record for "Most Bullwhip Cracks in One Minute" three times, with his latest count four years ago reaching 254 cracks with a 6-foot bullwhip. Winrich holds the current record with 257 cracks.
An international performer and bullwhip teacher for 20 years, Dante, 60, is author of "Let's Get Cracking! The How-To Book of Bullwhip Skills." With his partner and wife Mary, Dante has performed at venues as diverse as wild west shows, motor speedways and burlesque conventions. One Dante bullwhip stunt is to cut the pips off a playing card held by Mary.
Dante's black light bullwhip routines at science fiction conventions introduced a new audience to what had been little more than a throwback to 1950s TV Westerns. Dante has taught actors, martial artists, hobbyists and sport enthusiasts the intricacies of safely wielding a whip that reaches speeds faster than 1400 feet per second with each crack.
"Wyatt Earp said, Fast is fine, but Accuracy is forever," Dante said afterward. "To break this record, I needed to have both qualities working. Fortunately, I did."