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    Meet the Woman Planning to Hang by Her Teeth over Niagara Falls

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    From Vice:

    Niagara Falls played host to famed circus performer Nik Wallenda who walked across the natural phenomenon on a high-wire passing between the US into Canada just short of five years ago. Now, on the anniversary of his performance, his wife Erendira Vasquez Wallenda will attempt a world recording-breaking feat as she hangs from a helicopter above the falls on June 15—by her teeth.

    “I come from eight generations of the circus on my mom’s side, and seven generations on my father’s side, so this has been something that’s been in my life for a long time,” Erendira, who is an aerialist, told VICE. “I started performing when I was five years old—I’ve been around people doing this sort of thing my entire life.”

    We reached out to Erendira to ask her why in the world someone would want to hang by their teeth over the Falls and about what it’s like to come from a long hereditary line of circus performers.

    Big Top Amazing Mirrors & Laser Maze leaflet

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    Back in June I posted about the new attraction that is going in where Brick City was located. As you may recall, that building was torn down and it is an empty lot right now. The lot is fenced off and there are signs up showing the name of the attraction and that it is opening soon. Well, here we are at the end of the summer, and nothing has been done yet.

    I was surprised to see that they’ve even had leaflets available talking about the new attraction. I would assume it will be open for next year, but only time will tell.

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    You can download a PDF of the Big Top leaflet as well.

    Falls can’t fumble chance to cash in on Wallenda’s wire walk

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    From the Buffalo News:

    So, now Niagara Falls is on its own high-wire act: Can it do what is necessary to bring a Wallenda family entertainment center to the city or will it stumble, allowing the other Niagara Falls – the thriving one that knows how to make the most of a good thing – to pilfer this golden opportunity?

    Nik Wallenda, good as his word, returned to Niagara Falls last week for the first time since his thrilling high-wire walk over the waterfall on June 15.

    At a press conference on Goat Island, he discussed his hope to open a “semi-permanent” entertainment center in Niagara Falls as early as next summer, perhaps in a circus-style tent.

    Wallenda may face falcon attack

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Could a Flying Wallenda meet a flying falcon?

    There’s a “good possibility’’ a pair of nesting falcons at Niagara Falls could attack daredevil high-wire walker Nik Wallenda as he attempts a crossing over the famous waterway on June 15, say Mark and Marion Nash, spokespeople for the Canadian Peregrine Foundation.

    Wallenda, a seventh-generation member of the circus and daredevil performers known as the Great Wallendas and the Flying Wallendas, will be crossing right through a major flight path used by the falcons, said Marion Nash.

    Natural wonder or carnival sideshow?

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk over Niagara Falls this summer has been pitched as a once-in-a-generation event, a tribute to stunting history that legally can take place only every two decades.

    Now three more daredevils want to join the party — promising they will seek to conquer the falls in a barrel. All have achieved the feat in the past.

    This attention to stunting revives a centuries-old debate: Should the waterfalls exist as a natural wonder or as the centerpiece of a man-made circus?

    “A little carnival is good,” said Mark DiFrancesco, owner of the Niagara Daredevil Museum on the American side of the falls. “A little bright lights and attention for the area is good. It’ll bring people into the area, and hopefully they’ll come back.”

    But others think that government officials, by approving Wallenda’s stunt, have opened the door to these other attempts by renewing interest in stunting.

    Cirque becoming a tradition

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    This article was on the Review web site a few days ago and then was pulled. It’s live again today…

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    For years, you could count on the Shrine Circus coming to the Niagara Falls Memorial Arena every summer.

    But with the arena closing this summer, there’s a new circus in town. It doesn’t need bears or elephants to thrill a crowd.

    Returning to the Niagara Fallsview Casino for the third straight year, Le Grand Cirque is becoming an annual dose of thrills and chills, minus any animals. Call it the changing of the guard, says creative producer Simon Painter.

    “It’s a very slick production, seamless,” he says. “To have animals in shows nowadays, especially exotic animals, is totally incorrect. I think (our show) is the way the industry’s going.”

    Instead of lions, you’ll get contortionists. Instead of bears, you’ll get airborne acrobats. And instead of elephants, you’ll get the show’s signature Wheel of Death — a massive contraption that never fails to leave the crowd dazzled and just a bit frazzled.

    Composed of 40 performers gathered from Canada, Russia, Brazil, Mongolia, Europe and China, the show aims to fit as much spectacle into the 1,500- seat Avalon Ballroom as possible.

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