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    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.

    Taking on Niagara Falls on tightrope

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    From Stuff.co.nz:

    Nik Wallenda can’t visit a new place without envisioning a wire strung high above his head: Linking buildings, landmarks, nations.

    Even as a 6-year-old at Niagara Falls with his parents, he pictured walking a tightrope over the raging, whitewater maw.

    Now 33, the seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas, is ready to live out that childhood fantasy when he attempts on Friday to become the first person ever to walk a tightrope directly over the brink of Niagara Falls.

    ”It’s just natural,” Wallenda explained. ”When I drive into a city, I’m always thinking, ‘It would be cool to do a walk there.’ It’s just the way I think and always have.”

    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.

    Gumbel will (did) interview Wallenda on HBO

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Nik Wallenda, who is planning to walk a tightrope across Niagara Falls this summer, will be featured on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” on HBO at 10 p.m. today, State Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, and Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-Lewiston, said Monday.

    Wallenda will be interviewed about his upcoming walk and will talk about the history of his acrobat family, the Flying Wallendas, and the previous walks he has made.

    I don’t get HBO, so I looked online to see if I could watch the broadcast (it was shown last night). The HBO Real Sports web site has a brief clip, but that’s all I can find. Here are a couple of screenshots. I think the second one is particularly interesting. He was chatting with the interviewer as he was standing on a wire. He stood there and looked like he was as comfortable on a wire as I am on the ground.

    EXCLUSIVE: Wallenda wants to establish permanent entertainment home in Niagara Falls

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    From Bullet News Niagara:

    Daredevil Nik Wallenda wants to establish a permanent theatre in Niagara Falls where he and members of his family can put on tightrope or aerial shows and other forms of circus entertainment.

    “I’ve always said I want to make Niagara Falls my second home,” the Florida-based Wallenda told Bullet News on Monday. “Why wouldn’t I? Look at the crowds that come through Niagara Falls. I wouldn’t be a very good businessman if I didn’t consider something like that.”

    Wallenda, 32, is part of the famed circus family the Flying Wallendas.

    “It’s always been a big dream to have a Wallenda family show that runs at least all summer. Why not have a Nik Wallenda theatre with a show three-six months of the year? This has been the ultimate goal all along. This is definitely not a one-off thing.”

    Governor OKs tightrope walk over falls

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The Flying Wallenda who wants to cheat death with a tightrope walk across Niagara Falls will get his wish, at least with the blessing of New York state.

    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation today permitting Nik Wallenda’s bid to walk 1,800 feet across the falls on a two-inch wide steel cable.

    Officials on the Canadian side of the falls have yet to signal their final word on the matter.

    In an interview this afternoon shortly after his team was told Cuomo signed the bill, Wallenda said, “For me, it’s as big as it gets. There’s tears in my eyes because it’s a dream come true.”

    Wallenda said if all goes well he is looking at walking across the falls next June. He said he will wait until after upcoming elections in Canada to formally apply with Ontario parks officials. A backup plan, if Canada rejects the plan, is a walk just on the U.S. side of the falls.

    The story was reported in other places as well:

    Niagara Falls high-wire plans could go haywire

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    From the Toronto Star:

    A daredevil’s plan to be the first person in a century to walk a tightrope across Niagara Falls may take a tumble even though it’s just gotten off the ground.

    Nik Wallenda, a seventh-generation member of the Flying Wallendas, a family of tightrope performers, is hoping to fulfill a lifelong dream of walking over the gaping maw of the falls on a high wire.

    He’s got the support of the mayor of Niagara Falls, Ont., who’s thrilled at the chance to boost sagging tourism numbers with the high-profile act. A bill to allow Wallenda to tightrope across the falls passed through New York’s Senate without a hitch and awaits Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature. And city council in Niagara Falls, N.Y., voted last week to support Wallenda’s bid.

    The final holdout, however, is on the Canadian side at the Niagara Parks Commission. Its fears the act is a one-time stunt that would return Niagara Falls to its days of flash and showmanship, rather than highlight the falls’ natural beauty. The commission was founded in 1885 specifically to put an end to the falls’ carnival atmosphere.

    Commission interim chair Janice Thomson said it hasn’t received Wallenda’s request yet, but she can’t imagine the commission approving the act.

    Wallenda gets OK to cross the falls

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The walk is on — at least as far state legislators are concerned.

    It might be rare for the State Legislature to approve something that legitimately can be called death-defying, but final approval was given Wednesday permitting a member of the legendary Flying Wallendas to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

    “I’m thrilled to death … It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Nik Wallenda told The Buffalo News.

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