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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.

    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.

    Nik Wallenda Prepares for His Niagara Falls Stunt

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    The New York Times has a nice article (including video) of Nik Wallenda practicing:

    Nik Wallenda climbed up a scaffold, stepped onto the steel cable and slipped the harness of his balancing pole over his head. Then he began to walk — each step a few inches in front of the last, his leather moccasins kissing the wire that lay before him.

    The backdrop: a T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant, a Starbucks and a Sheraton hotel to the left, and the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel to the right.

    The scenery next month will be different: the rapids of Niagara Falls swirling below, a cold mist enveloping Mr. Wallenda, a national television audience watching in prime time.

    The Hamilton Spectator also had a nice article:

    Many in the crowd moved along with Nik Wallenda, slowly, at a distance, as the daredevil walked gingerly atop a high wire over the parking lot at Seneca Niagara Casino.

    But the couple of hundred spectators needed to keep their balance on a sidewalk rather than a five-centimetre-wide cable.

    Wallenda negotiating media coverage for wire walk

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The date for Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk across Niagara Falls will be decided in the next two weeks after negotiations with major television networks, Wallenda’s manager said Friday.

    Wallenda’s management team is in “very deep discussions” with the networks, which have expressed interest in filming the 1,800-foot walk across the Niagara Gorge and preceding training sessions.

    “We’re hoping for a two-hour prime-time special that will essentially star two major outlets: Nik and Niagara Falls,” manager Winston Simone said at a marketing meeting held in Niagara County’s Center for Economic Development.

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