Barnum's Bar Bending Ringling Clipperwhip

by Peter Smith

An act from Philip Barnum’s ‘Greatest Show on Earth‘ the Clipperwhip was a curious animal that balanced strength and dexterity into one complete unit. The Clipperwhip moved at lightning speed and skilfully weaved its way past obstacles completely unhindered by its duality so Bluster had difficulty in catching it to spend any time sketching this lost Impossimal. With a chance viewing of the Clipperwhip but no drawing facilities to hand Bluster improvised and used a small metal cleaning brush from his shaving kit to bend into a distinctive curly shape, a representation of the character. When he returned to camp he made a sketch from memory using the curly metal shape as reference. Once he had finished sketching he inadvertently pushed the papers in between the metal curl and found to his amazement the papers held together with this paper ‘clip’. Upon meeting the Clipperwhip many years later Bluster found him to have an excellent memory and remembered him, but perhaps more interestingly he also bent him a new bit of metal into the shape of the now common paperclip.

Barnum's Bar Bending Ringling Clipperwhip by Peter Smith


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