Category: Niagara Falls Daredevils

Wallenda’s wife plans to hang by her teeth from helicopter over Niagara Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

Five years after her husband walked a tightrope over Niagara Falls, his wife is planning her own teeth-clenching stunt there.

To be precise, Erendira Wallenda, a trapeze aerialist, plans to hang by her teeth from a tether connected to a helicopter flying over the Falls, Niagara County officials announced Tuesday night.

By a 14-0 vote Tuesday, the County Legislature earmarked $35,000 to help pay any costs connected with the spectacle, which local officials hope will draw thousands of tourists like Nik Wallenda’s nationally televised 1,800-feet tightrope walk did on June 15, 2012.

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Wallenda’s wife to dangle by her teeth over Niagara Falls

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From Niagara This Week:

The trapeze-artist wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda is planning her own stunt high above Niagara Falls.

Five years after Nik Wallenda walked over the falls on a high wire, aerialist Erendira Vasquez Wallenda plans to dangle by her teeth from a helicopter as it flies over Niagara Falls.

Daredevil seeks statue for Red Hill in Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

One of the last men to go over the falls in a barrel wants to see a proper memorial for one of Niagara Falls’ most legendary figures.

Peter DeBernardi, who survived a 1989 trip over the Horseshoe Falls in a barrel he shared with Jeffrey Petkovich, is trying to raise awareness for a possible statue of famed river man Red Hill Sr. somewhere along the Niagara Parkway. Read More…

Cochrane display joins Daredevil Alley in Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Daredevil Alley in Niagara Falls has a prominent new tenant.

Jay Cochrane, the legendary wirewalker who made Niagara Falls his second home, has been memorialized with a large display at the Queen Street attraction. Read More…

Daredevilry, Rescue And The Family That Couldn’t Escape The Niagara Falls

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WBFO, the NPR affiliate in Buffalo, had a short segment recently about Niagara Falls and the heroics of Red Hill Sr.:

Michael Clarkson grew up along the banks of the Niagara River. As a young reporter, he collected stories of people who challenged the river’s dangerous 165-foot Falls, including the first three to do so…

Clarkson also heard of a heroic river man and his family, whose tales are interwoven with the history of daredevilry and rescue at the Falls. Here’s their story.

William “Red” Hill Sr. was born on Oct. 27, 1887 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. His career saving lives began when he carried his 4-year-old sister, Cora, out of their family’s burning home…

Award-Winning Journalist Pens Book On Niagara Falls Daredevils

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From Niagara at Large:

Few jounalists I know have captured the power, the drama the beauty and theatrics in and around one of the world’s most scenic wonders – the Great Falls of Niagara – with as much passion and insight as Michael Clarkson.

So it makes all the sense in the world that Michael Clarkson has written a book on the many daredevils that have tempted fate in the roaring waters of the Falls.

Death-Defying Ratings: How Daredevils Are Making a Big TV Comeback

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From the Hollywood Reporter:

Nik Wallenda knows death haunts every step he takes on the high wire. As the great grandson of Karl Wallenda — the German emigre and patriarch of the Flying Wallendas who perished in 1978 on a wire badly strung between two towers of the Condado Plaza hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico — he also knows that some of the millions of viewers who have tuned in to his treacherous traverses of Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon are waiting for a snuff film. “I’m sure there’s a percentage saying, ‘I hope he falls,’ ” says Wallenda.

Daredevil: Would you plunge over Niagara Falls in this vehicle?

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From the Globe and Mail:

The Daredevil is a thrill ride boat designed to take the plunge over Niagara Falls with eight people on board. A drag anchor chute would slow it down, and safety features would include shock-absorbing bumpers.

No thank you!

Wallenda’s feat is given monumental recognition

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From the Buffalo News:

The tethered steps that Nik Wallenda took on a mist-drenched, 2-inch steel cable across Niagara Falls more than two years ago gave the former honeymoon capital of the world a chance to reclaim a moment in the spotlight.

But that 26-minute walk before a television audience of more than 10 million also catapulted the daredevil to global fame.

Last year, he got the chance to walk untethered across a gorge near the Grand Canyon. Later this year, he plans to stride across the top of the Chicago skyline.

Wallenda’s June 15, 2012, walk from the U.S. to the Canadian side of the falls was remembered Monday with the official unveiling of a monument on Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park.

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Local developers,officials take measured steps to lure Wallenda back to Falls

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Nik Wallenda might not be the only daredevil around here, although he takes the risks and walks those crazy high wires while crowds watch in awe.

As he returns to the region this summer for a 10-week stint at Darien Lake, local developers and officials are doing their own type of tightrope walk as efforts continue to find the aerialist a permanent place to perform in the city.

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