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    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.

    Niagara Falls Tightrope Daredevil Nik Wallenda Featured in New Docu-series “Danger by Design” Only on Science

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    From Futon Critic:

    Nik Wallenda, King of the Highwire and seventh generation descendent of the legendary Wallenda Family acrobatic troupe, is on a mission to bring his death-defying skills to a 21st century audience. On the heels of his latest unprecedented stunt — an attempt at a tightrope walk over Niagara Falls on June 15 — SCIENCE will premiere an all-new six part series, DANGER BY DESIGN, which documents Nik and his family as they create spectacular acts that cheat death through science, skill and discipline. DANGER BY DESIGN premieres on SCIENCE on Monday, June 18 at 9PM ET/PT, with six new episodes airing on Mondays this summer.

    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.”

    Pressure mounts to OK walk across Niagara Falls

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    From the Toronto Star:

    As an aerialist’s bid to tightrope walk across Niagara Falls next summer hangs in the balance, the commission ruling on his proposal is facing pressure to let the event proceed.

    Nik Wallenda, a seventh-generation member of the famed tightrope-walking Wallenda family, hopes to fulfill his lifelong dream of walking across the falls on a wire.

    The proposal has cleared all legal hurdles on the American side, but authority to approve or reject Wallenda’s idea in Canada rests with the Niagara Parks Commission. Chair Janice Thomson has repeatedly said the walk would be a stunt contrary to the commission’s mandate to preserve the falls’ natural beauty.

    Wallenda maintains his balancing act is an art form, not a stunt. He made his case before the commission two weeks ago in a 12-minute presentation. The commission is reviewing the proposal and Thomson said she expects a ruling early next week.

    Wallenda ready to walk across brink of falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The organizers of Nik Wallenda’s proposed tightrope walk across the Horseshoe Falls say they’ll spend any amount of money needed to make it happen.

    Site preparation, rigging setup, rescue personnel, helicopters and security will all be paid by Wallenda Inc., the corporation that oversees the performances of the famed Wallenda family.

    “Certainly I would think when all is said and done, it would be at least $1 million,” said Wallenda’s manager Winston Simone. That money would be recouped by a television deal with the Discovery Channel, as event sponsors. “We would like to believe we would be able to find corporate sponsors who would help us. With what a sponsor will get for this, we believe it’s a good bet.”

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