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    Wallenda back in town Wednesday – Grand Canyon possibly next summer

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Two months after making history, wirewalker Nik Wallenda will be back in Niagara Falls Wednesday.

    For an invite-only event at Bravo Pizzeria (7:30 p.m.), Wallenda will have a concrete impression made of his feet, to be placed in the daredevil exhibit at the newly-renovated Niagara Falls Museum.

    Wallenda’s walk across the falls on June 15 was the first such stunt in more than a century, and was a ratings smash for ABC, which devoted three hours of prime time coverage to the event. It was the network’s most-watched show on a Friday night in five years. In Canada, where the walk was shown on CTV, it was the biggest non-sports special ever broadcast during the summer. At 10:41 p.m., near the end of Wallenda’s 26-minute walk, nearly seven million Canadians were tuned in.

    Councillor seeks permanent falls backlighting

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Nik Wallenda’s walk across Niagara Falls nearly two weeks ago is still casting a glow over the city, one councillor said Tuesday.

    And councillor Wayne Thomson said he would like to see that glow carry over to the Horseshoe Falls itself — permanently.

    Thomson was impressed by the backlighting of the world famous cataract the night of the seventh-generation funambulist’s historic trek. The special lighting was done for television as the event was broadcast worldwide including on CTV in Canada and ABC in the United States.

    “The current illumination has had its day. Wallenda showed what it could be,” Thomson said at Tuesday’s council meeting as he put forward a motion asking for the city to talk will the Falls Illumination Board about backlighting the falls on a permanent basis.

    Wallenda walks the walk

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Nik Wallenda has done something no one has ever done before: crossed the Horseshoe Falls on a tight rope wire.

    The seventh generation Flying Wallenda had said crossing the falls had been a childhood dream of his. On Friday night, that dream came true when he completed the stunt across Niagara Falls in just 26 minutes.

    Leaving the American side at 10:15, the 33-year-old began his journey across the wire. After an initial round of cheers for the funambulist, the estimated crowd of 105,000 on the Canadian side became eerily silent as they watched him traverse across the wire.

    Through high winds that caused the wire to sway and swirling mist that had water dripping from the wire, Wallenda walked slowly, with purpose. Throughout the entire trip, he was in direct communication with his father. The ABC coverage of his walk featured snippets of the back and forth between the father and son, including Wallenda thanking Jesus several times.

    Daredevil Wallenda’s tightrope walk over Niagara Falls both dicey and pricey: Up to $1.3M

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    From an Associated Press story seen on Yahoo! News:

    Walking a high wire over Niagara Falls isn’t only a dicey proposition, it turns out it’s pretty pricey, too.

    Daredevil Nik Wallenda estimates his history-making, U.S.-to-Canada walk by way of a cable strung over the brink will cost about $1.2 million to $1.3 million. That includes fabrication and installation of the custom-made steel wire, permits and security on both sides of the border, travel, and marketing.

    A deal with ABC to televise the event live during prime time Friday will offset some of his expenses, the 33-year-old Wallenda said. “But definitely not anywhere near all of it.”

    And the tab seems to grow by the day.

    Leave it to TV to rob falls act of its suspense


    From the Buffalo News:

    Remember all of those rooms Niagara Falls hotels expected to book for Nik Wallenda’s dramatic tightrope walk?

    If they really want to protect the tourist attraction’s brand, they should offer full refunds to anyone who cancels after finding out the death-defying feat they thought they were coming to see will be nothing of the sort.

    In fact, any marketing of Wallenda’s June 15 stroll that doesn’t include “tethered” before every mention of his name will constitute the biggest fraud since Anonymous.

    For those who forget, the public was duped that time into believing the bestselling “Primary Colors” was written by a Clinton White House insider, instead of by a Newsweek columnist.

    This time, the public was duped into believing Wallenda would risk all in his walk across the falls in a Friday night special that ABC will stretch into three hours of ads and promos.

    Now it turns out that Wallenda will risk no such thing. Instead, he’ll wear a safety harness tethered to the wire so that he couldn’t fall if he wanted to.

    Which means the stunt now should elicit a shrug and the obvious question: What’s the point?

    Nik Wallenda, Niagara Falls officials prepare for June high-wire crossing

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    From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

    The dramatic beauty of Niagara Falls has long shared its stage with powerful episodes of human drama — from drenching rides on the Maid of the Mist to suicidal jumpers.

    The stage gets bigger next month, as aerialist Nik Wallenda attempts to become the first person in more than a century to cross the falls on a high wire.

    The eyes of the world will be watching — the Friday, June 15, event will be televised live from 8-11 p.m. on ABC– and the tourism hopes of a region will be riding on the dramatic event.

    ABC orders Wallenda to wear harness for falls walk

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    From CNews:

    For some tourists, Nik Wallenda’s wirewalk across Niagara Falls will still be a spectacle worth watching, even if he wears a safety harness. But others say the precautionary device dashes any excitement surrounding the event on June 15.

    “I could see some people being disappointed, but it will still be something to see,” Kim Andrews of West Virginia said Tuesday.

    “It won’t be as dramatic, but that’s a long way to walk and it’s not something you see often,” her husband Michael added.

    U.S. TV network ABC is insisting Wallenda wear the safety equipment. ABC will televise the historic walk. Without ABC’s financial backing of the event, Wallenda says he simply can’t do it.

    Daredevil Nik Wallenda’s Death-Defying Niagara Falls Tightrope Walk to Air LIVE June 15 on CTV

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    We knew that ABC was going to broadcast Nik Wallenda’s walk in the US, and now we find out that CTV will be the Canadian broadcaster.

    From a CNW press release:

    CTV announced today that it is the exclusive Canadian broadcast partner of daredevil Nik Wallenda’s death-defying tightrope walk, live from Niagara Falls, on Friday, June 15. Canadians can follow along with Wallenda’s every breath-taking step, in the unprecedented, live two-hour special MEGASTUNTS: MAN ON WIRE: LIVE FROM NIAGARA, airing from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on CTV and simultaneously on CTV Mobile. Kicking off the festivities at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV is an hour-long special devoted to the greatest stunts of all time, MEGASTUNTS: THE GREATEST STUNTS… EVER.

    Band From TV is back at Fallsview

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    Last week I received an email from the Fallsview Casino Resort.

    Falls family has America’s funniest video

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    From the Welland Tribune:

    Call it the $10,000 scream.

    As seven-year-old Kieran Atkinson prepared for a trip on the Sky Screamer ride at Marineland last August, she wasn’t happy. With dad Tim zooming in with his video camera, she went to say, “I don’t like this ride.” But before she could finish, the thrill ride sent her 320 feet in the air.

    As dad kept filming, her voice trailed off into the sky.

    Tim and his wife, Anne Marie, thought the 15-second clip was amusing, but it was Anne Marie’s sister-in-law, Susan Creen, who prompted the Niagara Falls couple to submit it to ABC’s long-running show, America’s Funniest Videos.

    From there, things happened fast.

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