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5 Performers Plummet Off High Wire During Wallenda Act

Wallenda not hurt, no life-threatening injuries

(Newser) - A circus act in Florida that featured members of the famed Wallenda family, including extreme stuntman Nik Wallenda , went terribly wrong Wednesday when five performers in an eight-person routine fell 25 to 30 feet to the ground off a high wire, the Herald-Tribune reports. Wallenda was not one of the... More »

Wallenda Cheats Death Over Chicago

He breaks two records with back-to-back wire walks

(Newser) - With no harness or safety net, Nik Wallenda's only hope would have been to cling to a cable if things went wrong during either of two death-defying skyscraper walks in Chicago last night—but the daredevil managed to break two world records and survive to tell the tale. For... More »

Flying Wallenda Survives Amazing Canyon Stunt

He crosses quarter-mile gorge with no harness

(Newser) - Nik Wallenda has sealed his place in daredevil history with a heart-stopping tightrope walk over a gorge near the Grand Canyon—with no safety harness. The 34-year-old took 22 minutes to cross the quarter-mile, balancing on a 2-inch thick cable 1,500 feet above the Colorado River Gorge, the AP... More »

Daredevil Plans Grand Canyon Tightrope Walk

Nik Wallenda says he won't be using a safety harness

(Newser) - In a stunt daring even by the standards of the Flying Wallendas, seventh-generation daredevil Nik Wallenda is planning to cross the Grand Canyon on a tightrope—without using a safety harness or net. Wallenda—who made it across Niagara Falls on a tightrope last year—says the death-defying walk 1,... More »

US Town Wants Daredevil to Pay Up

Tightrope-walker Nik Wallenda calls it 'disgusting and sad'

(Newser) - When daredevil Nik Wallenda walked across a wire spanning Niagara Falls, history was made. But the stunt cost tens of thousands of dollars in overtime for policeman and firemen for two towns, one in the US and one in Canada. Wallenda paid for half the bill in both towns, and... More »

Tonight: Niagara Falls Tightrope Walk

Nik Wallenda would be first to cross since 1896

(Newser) - It's a once-in-a-century occasion in Niagara Falls, New York: Tonight, for the first time since 1896, a man is set to walk across the falls on a tightrope. "I'm facing Niagara Falls—the wind and the mist and the dark and the peregrine falcons—and I’m... More »

Niagara Falls' Sad Stigma: Magnet for Jumpers

Figure 20 to 30 a year

(Newser) - Rescuers in Niagara Falls still haven't found the body of the man who jumped Tuesday in an apparent suicide attempt. Meanwhile, the man who jumped the previous day and miraculously survived is still recuperating, reports AP . Two jumpers in two days: Just how common is this? Parks officials don'... More »

Tightrope Walker Gets OK to Cross Niagara Falls

Nik Wallenda will walk from US to Canada on the high wire

(Newser) - It's official: Nik Wallenda will walk a tightrope from the United States to Canada … over Niagara Falls. The stunt was finally approved by the Ontario Parks Commission after commissioners initially denied the request over concerns about cost, safety, and the beauty of the falls, WIVB reports. "To... More »

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