HK Magazine: Where on earth did you get the idea to try this? Guo Guozhi: I love martial arts very much and have been practicing them since I was 12. I was born in a farmer’s family so we had all kinds of farming tools that I could use to practice lifting with my teeth. That’s when I started to develop my lifting skills step by step - first one chair, then two, and so on. I realized that I had found my passion so I kept practicing. HK: So you were a farmer before becoming a performer? GG : I was actually a mover. HK: What did your parents think? GG: My parents expected me to become a farmer. They thought I looked stupid with my tricks and that it was just a waste of time. They believed I couldn’t get much money from it. Now my parents accept it and support me. After I was named one of China’s “Top Ten Extraordinary Men,” I think that they agree that I have chosen the right track. HK: Do I need super powers to do this? GG: Everyone can try it. The important thing is to balance the weight properly - try rolling up a piece of newspaper and then putting it on top of your chin to practice. The tricks can be done more easily if you have thicker skin. HK: We really should ask a dentist about this, but how do you protect your teeth? GG: Ha. That’s my secret. The only thing I can tell you is that I don’t like sour food. I believe that their acidity can damage my teeth. The dentist says that my teeth are always in good condition though. HK: OK, admit it – you must have dropped a chair or two in a performance before. GG: I don’t ever allow myself fail in the middle of a performance. Let’s say, if I promise to lift 11 chairs in my act, I’ll practice lifting 12 in rehearsals. HK: So what’s next? GG: I am now able to use my chin to lift 80 wine glasses. But I want to lift more - as many as I can. Also, I want to try and lift 20 boxes of beer - five boxes more than I can do now.