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Brothers come home proud

Update: July, 14/2018 - 09:00
Quốc Cơ and Quốc Nghiệp
Viet Nam News

Brothers Quốc Cơ and Quốc Nghiệp wanted to enter the most famous circus competition.

So they went in Britain’s Got Talent.

Quốc Cơ held Quốc Nghiệp on his head and then walked.

It was very risky but they pulled it off and came fifth in the competition.

By Mỹ Phương & Phương Mai

Inner Sanctum: Why did you decide to compete in Britain’s Got Talent 2018?

Quốc Cơ: After breaking the world record for the “most consecutive stairs climbed while balancing a person on the head” in Girona, Spain in 2016, we received invitations from many international talent competitions. But we turned them down. The organisers were surprised and didn’t know why we had turned down such programmes.

Quốc Nghiệp: We wanted to choose the most famous competition. We didn’t expect a victory, but just wanted to promote the Vietnamese circus and people to the world. Thanks to our fans’ support and encouragement, we accepted the invitation from Britain’s Got Talent.

Inner Sanctum: How long did you prepare for the competition?

Quốc Cơ: Six months. Actually, we didn’t spend all the time to practise, because we have our own families. But we made every effort to practise as much as we could.

Inner Sanctum: A day before the competition, the organisers made a mistake in the stage design for your performance. What happened?

Quốc Nghiệp: We saw that the background screen featured Chinese culture. We questioned the organisers and they said they thought Asian culture was similar. After our explanation, they recognised the differences in Vietnamese culture.

Quốc Cơ: We worked with the organisers. If they had not changed the background, we would’ve cancelled our competition.

Inner Sanctum: In the finale, Quốc Cơ held Quốc Nghiệp on your head and walked up tiny platforms before completing a long jump to a bigger platform to finish your performance. How did you prepare for the act?

Quốc Cơ: We were ready for the final act. It was highly risky doing the last jump.

We had always used a safety cable during rehearsals. However, in the final, we got rid of the cable so we could have a more exciting performance. When we did the jump, all the judges and the audiences in the auditorium were speechless and stood up.

A day before the finale, Quốc Nghiệp had an accident and got hurt. I was scared and sad. We thought all our work would be useless.

People may think that our performance was too dangerous. Actually, it was extremely risky. On my head was not only my colleague and my friend. He was my sibling. If I caused my brother to fall, I would feel pain and sorrow.

We prayed a lot before the finale. Everyone prayed for us. If we failed, both of us would have been broken-hearted. Quốc Nghiệp’s life depended on our performance. It was a jump of fate.

I was under deep pressure at this time. I forced myself to concentrate on protecting my brother. Everything was OK as his feet were on the platform. Fortunately, our performance was successful.

Inner Sanctum: How did you overcome your fear?

Quốc Nghiệp: A day before the finale, I had an accident during practice and thought all our work would be hopeless. I was afraid that I would not be able to move due to the injury. Although my arm was severely hurt, we tried our best because we had huge support from Vietnamese audiences. We wanted to project a positive image about Việt Nam to the world.

In the rehearsal, we decided not use a safety cable but I was worried about my previous fall. We decided to get rid of the cable in the finale. It worried me a lot.

During the performance, I did not dare blink. I gave my life to my brother. I tried not to think (about anything) at that time. It was a long time before Quốc Cơ was able to prepare for the jump. If it worked, I felt that I would be grateful to God for our luck. If not, I would have never blamed my brother. My wife said that thousands of people in Việt Nam were praying for us.

Inner Sanctum: When facing danger, people often think of their families and then panic. How about you?

Quốc Cơ: I was under pressure from my family, particularly my wife, who is always worried about my health. I had to console my wife and tell her that we were not doing dangerous things, and we would succeed. If we were lucky, millions of Vietnamese would welcome the miracle we made.

That was why we chose our Vietnamese army uniforms for our costumes. We wanted to show off our belief. We were ready for war, not a real one, but a war of emotion. We wanted the world to know about Vietnamese patriotism and our iron will.

At the beginning of the competition, people believed that we just had a typical act (balancing my brother on my head without walking up stairs) because we had been performing in the circus for years. They didn’t know that after passing one round, we had to do better in the next round.

At first, people may have not worried much about us. But when we entered the semi-final and then the finale, people were afraid that the performances would be too difficult and dangerous.

My father always stood by us. He prepared and checked the safety cable. He wanted to ensure his sons’ health and lives. My wife called me and spoke about ensuring my safety. I had to tell her that my performance was not difficult and I could do it.

My feelings blew up when seeing my parents, my wife and son at the airport after returning from the UK on June 6.

Inner Sanctum: What about Quốc Nghiệp’s injury after the fall?

Quốc Nghiệp: I came to see the doctor right after returning to Việt Nam. He helped me feel better and reduce my pain.

Quốc Cơ: We can’t control the danger. We just do our best to avoid it and try to give our best performance for the audiences. It was Quốc Nghiệp’s fourth fall.

After returning, we wanted to host a live show at the end of this month to show appreciation to our fans. But we’ve cancelled it because of my brother’s injury that occurred during practice.


 

 

GLOSSARY

Inner Sanctum: Why did you decide to compete in Britain’s Got Talent 2018?

Talent is natural skill.

After breaking the world record for the “most consecutive stairs climbed while balancing a person on the head” in Girona, Spain in 2016, we received invitations from many international talent competitions.

Consecutive means “in a row”, or “one after the other”.

In the finale, Quốc Cơ held Quốc Nghiệp on your head and walked up tiny platforms before completing a long jump to a bigger platform to finish your performance.

A finale is a final performance.

It was highly risky doing the last jump.

If you do something that is risky, you are doing something that has a chance of going wrong and bringing you into danger.

We had always used a safety cable during rehearsals.

Rehearsals are practice performances.

When we did the jump, all the judges and the audiences in the auditorium were speechless and stood up.

An auditorium is a type of theatre.

When people are speechless, they are shocked and surprised.

Actually, it was extremely risky.

Extremely means very.

He was my sibling.

A sibling is a brother or a sister.

If we failed, both of us would have been broken-hearted

If you are broken-hearted you are very sad, usually over a loss.

Quốc Nghiệp’s life depended on our performance.

To be dependent on something means to need it to survive.

It was a jump of fate.

Fate is what happens, no matter what may have been planned.

I forced myself to concentrate on protecting my brother.

Concentrate means focus.

How did you overcome your fear?

Overcome means “win over”.

Although my arm was severely hurt, we tried our best because we had huge support from Vietnamese audiences.

Severely means seriously.

We wanted to project a positive image about Việt Nam to the world.

An image of Việt Nam is an impression, what people think of the country.

During the performance, I did not dare blink.

To blink means to very quickly close and open your eyes.

When facing danger, people often think of their families and then panic.

When you get into a panic you become so nervous you do not have proper control of yourself.

I had to console my wife and tell her that we were not doing dangerous things, and we would succeed.

To console means to comfort.

If we were lucky, millions of Vietnamese would welcome the miracle we made.

A miracle is an event that is believed to be supernatural that brings about good news.

We were ready for war, not a real one, but a war of emotion.

Emotion is a feeling from the heart, like love, hate, sadness and so on.

We wanted the world to know about Vietnamese patriotism and our iron will.

Patriotism is a sense of proudly and loyally belonging to your country.

My wife called me and spoke about ensuring my safety.

To ensure means to make sure.

But we’ve cancelled it because of my brother’s injury that occurred during practice.

To cancel an event means to put it off and no longer have it.

WORKSHEET

State whether the following sentences are true, or false:

  1. The brothers wore Việt Nam army uniforms for costumes during their act.
  2. The brothers were happy with a Chinese background screen at the competition.
  3. Quốc Nghiệp suffered an accident the day before the finale.
  4. Quốc Cơ is married.
  5. Quốc Cơ returned from the United Kingdom on July 6.

 

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