A 13-year-old teen from Wenzhou has turned heads with a painful-looking trick: the ability to walk on blades. She’s been pulling off the performance since the age of seven, and her father is now encouraging her to drop out of school and pursue a full-time career in blade-walking—a move that we’re sure could only end well.
The girl’s father, Xie Jikui, began learning magic tricks at the age of 10 and made a living through his acrobatic performances. After an unsuccessful marriage, he became the sole caretaker of his young daughter.
Xie took his daughter to every one of his performances, and when she was old enough, she began assisting him. By the time she was seven, he started teaching her how to balance herself on the two blades.
“Walking on blades has always been a man’s stunt; I wanted my daughter to stand out in the field,” he said.
“It kind of scared me when I first started practicing and I got injured several times,” young Xie told reporters during an interview with Wenzhou City News on Monday. “But I love acrobatics and magic, so I’ll never give it up.”
During the interview, her father asked her to stand on the blades while waving two five-liter bottles in the air to “make the performance more visually attractive”.
Over the past years, the Xie family has lugged their “family heirloom” all across China, usually setting up performances at bars or outside of night clubs. The girl’s father quit blade-walking a while back and has now become his daughter’s “agent”.
Every performance earns them around a couple hundred yuan.
By Maggie Wong