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    Jumpers, climbers, fliers and more: Great daredevils of the last 100 years

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    From NBCNews.com:

    This Sunday, daredevil Nik Wallenda — who famously traversed Niagara Falls on a tightrope last year — will attempt another extreme balancing act: walking a tightrope over the Grand Canyon. Wallenda carries on a family tradition with his tricks — he is the seventh generation of the “Great Wallendas,” a stunt-performing family. And he calls to mind daredevils past, who have shocked the public for more than 100 years with their daring feats (and failures.)

    Meet the seventh-generation tightrope walker who’s taking on Niagara Falls

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    From the Globe and Mail:

    He has hung by his jaw from a helicopter without a safety net. He holds a Guinness World Record for the longest bicycle ride on a tightrope. And this summer, he plans to make history by walking on a tightrope across the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ont.

    “It’s a lifestyle, and if you don’t understand it …” Nik Wallenda says, trailing off. You can almost see the daredevil’s head shake slightly in chagrin over the wire – the telephone kind – from Sarasota, Fla., where he lives in the Circus Capital of the World.

    This is a very good article. I highly recommend you read it.

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