I know it difficult to believe, but—people cheat—and they cheat at breaking. Losers as well as "Masters" have been known to cheat at breaking; not so much at tournaments, but definitely at demonstrations.
Baking wood to dry it is cheating. Green, high moisture wood is pliable and very difficult to break. Dry wood is relatively easy to break. Try to break a green twig and then try to break a dried twig, which is easier to break?
Holding bricks up above the support for breaking is cheating since you are actually slamming the upheld end into the support block.
Sawing part way through a ice block with a string and then letting the cut refreeze is cheating.
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