Blindfolded Acrobat Survives 650-Foot Fall
6th-generation acrobat, Aisikaier was going for world record
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2012 2:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – A blindfolded Chinese acrobat attempting to walk backward on a tightrope for 2,300 feet across a 650-feet-deep gorge with no safety harness fell just short of his goal—and survived with just minor injuries, reports the Telegraph. The tightrope walker, Aisikaier, tumbled with just 130 feet to go, but apparently dropped into some trees and bushes on the side of the slope, which helped to break his fall. He can be seen walking out of the ravine on the video afterward. The acrobat, a sixth-generation performer from the Uighur Dawa Zi tradition, later said that strong winds had made him dizzy.

 

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