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.
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.
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.