Xie Tongxin, who turns 60 this year, is a manager at Zhongbe Keyun, a car/traffic company in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, but he’s also a ninja. His ability to fling cards at near-deadly speed and accuracy — deadly to fruit, we mean — has attracted the attention of Chinese media. According to Yangzi Evening News, he walked into the paper’s reception room on Thursday to put on a show, sending cards flying at upwards of 360 kilometers per hour, or 224 mph (calculated haphazardly — we’re told it takes “half a second” for one of his cards to fly 50 meters). To think of it… that might potentially be deadly to small humans, too.
And now, Xie is attempting to set a Guinness Book of World Record for most fruit sliced in one minute with playing cards (because of course Guinness would keep track of such a thing). His personal best is slicing 16 cucumbers in one minute, while the world record is 18.
To train, Xie has purchased hundreds of decks with which to perfect his technique. In addition, he runs an hour every day to keep up his card-throwing stamina.
And what happens to all the sliced fruit? The family eats them, of course. Youku video for those in China after the jump.