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    With a falls attraction still on hold, Wallenda takes his act to Darien Lake

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    From the Buffalo News:

    We’re happy to see that Nik Wallenda is returning to this area, even if it’s not back to Niagara Falls, where the wire walker gained fame.

    Wallenda has kept a special place in his heart for Niagara Falls since his walk across the Horseshoe Falls in June 2012. Live television allowed 13 million people to watch the feat that tied the Wallenda name to Niagara Falls.

    But his desire to return to the American side of the Falls in a deal that would bring his skills permanently to the Cataract City has failed to get off the ground. Blame it on politics. Blame it on inertia. Whatever the reason and finger-pointing, Darien Lake theme park has emerged the winner.

    Nik Wallenda Wants To Put Up An Entertainment Center

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    From the Associated Press (via WHAM 1180 in Rochester):

    Wire walker Nik Wallenda says he’s looking at the U.S. side of Niagara Falls to put a semi-permanent entertainment center.

    Wallenda made history in June when he became the first person to walk on a tightrope directly over the precipice of the falls.

    He tells local media that the “circus-style” Wallenda family center could open as early as next summer.

    Also covered by:

    • WIVB CHannel 4 in Buffalo – Wallenda returns, wants to open museum
    • Buffalo News – Wallenda favors Falls attraction on American side

    Some Wallenda posts today

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    I know I’m behind, but I still wanted to post some articles about Nik Wallenda and his attempts to get approval to walk on a wire over Niagara Falls.

    The rest of the posts today and at least one tomorrow will be on his recent trip to Niagara Falls Ontario to present to the Niagara Parks Commission.

    Wirewalker to make pitch on Falls crossing

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Nik Wallenda is used to wowing people. Now he hopes he’s able to wow the Niagara Parks Commission.

    Wallenda will have his chance in two weeks to finally convince Niagara Parks commissioners his proposal to walk on a tightrope across the Horseshoe Falls between Canada and the United States is the work of an experienced and talented performer, not that of a thrill-seeking stuntman.

    The Florida wire walker submitted his request online to speak before the commission, a request interim chairwoman Janice Thomson granted for the Nov. 16 meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Legends golf course.

    “Separately, (Wallenda) sent me a letter with some of the details of how he would propose to do this walk,” said Thomson.

    Niagara Falls is walking its own wire

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The Niagara Falls publicity stunt was born like this: It was September 1827.A group of hoteliers wanted to make a quick buck. So they sent an old lake schooner, filled with terrified animals, over the brink. The spectacle, as planned, drew thousands. Many of the animals died in the plunge.

    It’s 184 years later, and we’re still grasping at ghoulish curiosities at Niagara.

    Famed wire walker Nik Wallenda wants to cross the Horseshoe Falls on his tightrope, and debate over the planned escapade has dominated discussion on both sides of the famous falls for months.

    The stunt, already given the go-ahead by Albany, now hinges on a decision by the Canadians. But whether Wallenda walks or not is beside the point.

    Debate over the high-wire act is a distraction to the real problems that plague Niagara Falls. Blight, unemployment and a worn-out reputation for hucksterism overshadow a natural wonder that is still unique to the world.

    Fearless high-wire walker eyes Niagara Falls

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    Nik Wallenda, the man who recently got approval from New York State legislators to walk across the Falls on a wire, was on the NBC Today Show a couple of days ago. it isn’t a long segment, but he talked about some of the walks he’s done, and his desire to walk over Niagara Falls. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the video…

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