Two Handed Tricks

Welcome! In this section you will find a list of two handed whip cracking routines and brief descriptions of them. While we cannot list every two handed routine every made, we will do our best to keep this section full of common and notable tricks. If a trick is listed in blue it means that we have linked it to a relevant video or tutorial. However, keep in mind that to truly know how a routine is done you have to watch the whip cracker who created it!

Not sure where to start? Check out this video to see a bunch of different two handed routines!

Ben’s Helicopter: A move created by Ben Hughes and his brother. One whip does the volley at the side, while the other does slow helicopters and volleys overhead, with the whip parallel to the ground. When done correctly, it should look similar to a helicopter taking off.

Changing Eights: A Slow Figure 8 in one hand and a Fast Figure 8 in the other, where the two cracks of the Fast Figure 8 are done between the two cracks of the Slow Figure 8. After this, the roles of the hands are switched.

Cutler’s March: A routine created by Noel Cutler. It is a rhythmic routine involving fast figure 8’s, cattleman’s cracks, and the rally.

Cross March: A variation of Cutler’s March where one hand does six cracks of the volley instead of two fast figure 8’s.

Dan’s Simplicity: A routine created by Daniel Wicks. One hand does Hassett’s four corners, while the other does other cracks including the volley, the arrowhead, and the snake killer.

Death March: Fast Figure 8’s and Volley Cracks in one hand, while the other does the Snake Killer in between. When done correctly, this trick should make a musical beat.

Diana’s Crossover: A move created by Diana Hurley. It is similar to a Queensland Crossover, but done behind your back.

Double Arrowhead: A move created by Fiona Wilks. Both whips do the arrowhead at the same time, with one whip going underneath the other.

Drover’s Two Step: A rhythmic routine involving fast figure 8’s and the cow and calf.

Each Way: The Slow Figure 8 in each hand, opposite to itself (i.e. a Cattleman’s Crack in one hand and a Reverse Cattleman’s Crack in the other)

Each Way Four Corners: A trick created by Ben Hughes. It is comprised of Hassett’s four corners in each hand, operating opposite to each other like the regular each way.

Felandy Hoofbeats: A whip cracking routine invented by Andrew Thomas where the whip cracks with the same timing as a horse doing a walk, trot, canter, and gallop. This routine is comprised primarily of the Slow Figure 8, Volley, Overhand Flick, and Cow and Calf. It should be done using short whips.

Intertwine: A routine where one hand does the Volley in the frontal plane, and the other hand does different cracks to the side, so that the whips cross one another. This trick requires good timing and has multiple variations depending on which cracks the whip crackers sends through the volley.

JB Combination: A move created by John Brady. It is a fast rhythmic routine with a musical beat.

Kahona: A whip routine created by Greg Charleston. It is a variation on the Queensland Crossover done using Breakaways, and typically creates a rhythmic beat.

Machine Gun: Two Fast Figure 8’s in each hand, followed by four cracks of the Volley in each hand. These cracks should all be staggered so they occur in rapid succession.

Maltese Falcon: A routine created by Adam Winrich. It adds a few cracks into the Queensland Crossover in order to switch lead hands.

Messerschmitt: A routine created by Ben Hughes, where the whips imitate a WWII fighter plane shooting bullets through its propeller. This trick involves a volley held up high, and cracks being sent through it, similar to an intertwine. It should be done using short whips.

Paul’s Magic: A rhythmic routine created by Paul Manwaring where one whip does fast figure 8’s while the other does Hassett’s four corners. The hand doing the four corner’s occasionally skips a crack in order to make a specific rhythm.

Queensland Crossover: An Overhead Crack followed by a Reverse Overhead Crack in each hand, where the cracks are staggered to make this order: Overhead, Overhead, Reverse, Reverse. The hand which starts is typically placed on the bottom when the arms cross.

The Rally: A Fast Figure 8 in one hand followed by a Fast Figure 8 in the other.

Skip Over: A move created by Justin Bereczki. A staggered slow figure 8 in each hand in the frontal plane, where one whip is thrown and caught over the other arm before it is cracked.

Simon’s Lightning: A routine created by Simon Martin. It is similar to the Queensland Crossover or the Kahona, but the whip cracks four times in each hand in the pattern.

Scott’s Crossing: A routine created by Andrew Thomas. It is a Queensland crossover in one hand, and Hassett’s four corners in the other.

Steam Train: Staggered cow and calfs, which increase to top speed and then decrease back down, in order to sound like a steam train starting up, travelling, and then pulling into the station.

Tasmanian Crossover: A variation of the Queensland Crossover where one hand does Fast Figure 8’s and Volleys while the other does the Queensland Crossover.

Tasmanian Twist: A rhythmic routine created by Chris Beck. It is comprised of the rally, the Tasmanian cutback, and the cattleman’s crack.

Wilks’s Wonder: A variation of the Queensland Crossover invented by Fiona Wilks where the whip is thrown around the neck.