The Ancient Chinese Art of face-changing does not involve makeup or magic. Also referred to as Bian Lian, face-swapping is an ancient and traditional Sichuan art. Performers use silk masks to reflect the mood changes of their characters.
Whilst there are many theories about how Bian Lian came to be, it dates back to approximately three centuries ago when it was believed to begin as a mythical Robin Hood-type character. The man used the art to avoid being captured by authorities.
Performers of the unique Chinese art of face-changing go to great pains to keep its mysteries under wraps. Considered one of China’s most closely guarded treasures. These silk masks, which depict various expressions in ornate detail, transform the performer’s face as they turn or with a quick sleight of hand.