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It has to be seen to be believed but 92-year-old Mike Greenstein will be pulling a car with his teeth on Coney Island this weekend.

According to a report by the New York Daily News, Greenstein, otherwise known as “Mighty Atom Jr.” is a 5-foot-4, 145 pound wonder who plans on putting a leather strap in his mouth and pulling his Buick on straps with his teeth. Greenstein explained to the Daily News how he performs this wonder.

“It’s all about mind control. I just blank my mind and concentrate and I say, ‘I am more powerful than this car,'” Greenstein told the Daily News.

Greenstein’s planned feet is no stunt. In the video above, you can see the man practicing the feat successfully outside his Queens home. The Daily News described how his preparation process:

The great-grandfather of two and grandfather of three is busy prepping for the May 19 Olde Time Coney Island Strongman Spectacular by eating fistfuls of strawberries, apples and oranges. Greenstein is also hanging with the ladies at the JASA senior center, a block from his Rockaways apartment, noshing on salads as his gray-haired fan club swoons.

Greenstein’s work as a strongman was inspired by his father Joe, known as Mighty Atom. While Greenstein learned all of his father’s stunts, like biting nails and spikes, he never performed those stunts for money like his dad, instead pursuing a career as a plane mechanic.

To see Greenstein magic in person, you can see him on May 19 at the ‘Olde Time Coney Island Strongman Spectacular.’ For more information on the event, you can visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

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A new documentary being shown at the Tribeca Film Festival will feature the exploits of Chris Schoeck, an old-timey Coney Island strongman who bends steel, rods and nails with his bare hands, according to a report by the New York Daily News.

The film, Bending Steel, was directed by Dave Carroll, who was inspired to make it after he discovered Schoeck performing a variety of incredible muscular feats. In the movie, we learn of Schoeck’s drive to become a vintage Coney Island strongman. The film also delves into surprisingly deep emotional territory, charting Schoeck’s battle with alcoholism and his desire to make a meaningful life for himself.

“I related to Chris because I felt stagnant professionally when I first met him,” Carroll told the Daily News. “I know other people could relate to this, too. How many of us walking around are truly content? How many of us are fooling ourselves when we say we are content with our lives?”

Seems really fascinating. Check out the trailer below.