Adam Crack wows crowd with Fire Whip show


photo or infographic by Summer Rains

The Whip of Fire. For School Days at RenFest, Adam Crack put on a compelling and comical show. He demonstrated for the kids his skill in not just cracking whips, but cracking whips on fire.“I started when I was eight years old,” Crack said. “For the show I’ve had to train for about an hour a day for the past five years.”

by Heather Jackson, VOW photography manager

Heather Jackson
CRACK THAT WHIP. During Adam Cracks School Day’s Fire Whip Show, the world-record holder captivates his audience with his show of whips, fire, and fun. The performer has worked for years to perfect his act. “To do the show, it took me about one hour a day for five years,” Crack said.
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With the crack of his whip, this Renaissance festival performer entrances his audience with something they don’t see on an everyday basis. The fire illuminates a feeling of wonder that many members of the audience have long forgotten. Whip cracking on its own is a sight to see, but what this man brings to the table is something fresh and extravagant.

Adam Crack is a world record holding whip cracker who has dedicated much time and energy to his show. A skill like this does not come at the drop of a hat.

“I started when I was a little kid, when I was eight years old,” Crack said. “To do the show it took me about an hour a day of training for five years.”

Professions can be found and pursued in all different ways. Not all of them come in the most traditional way possible.

“I went into this profession because my credit score wasn’t very good,” he said.

Many students attended this entrancing show, and they were able to fully experience this unique talent.

“As soon as he twisted the fire whip, I could feel the heat of the whip across my face,” sophomore Avari Ford said.

Many vendors found at the Renaissance festival such as Adam Crack have been participating in this event annually for many years for all those who come to experience this time and to see their perspectives on various aspects of medieval art.

“I started participating in 2006, so that would make this thirteen years,” Crack said.

Even with the show that seems to show the crowd all about whip cracking, not everything can be performed on stage. There are some truly captivating events that the audience is not able to experience.

“My greatest accomplishment I would say is learning one of the most difficult Australian Whip Cracking tricks called the staggered four corners,” Crack said. “It’s too difficult to perform in a show.”

Editor’s note: The writer entered this review and photo as part of the Texas Ren Fest School Day’s writing competition in the Entertainment Review category.