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    Wallenda’s walk over Niagara Falls by the numbers

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    From the Boston Globe:

    Some facts and figures about daredevil Nik Wallenda’s Friday night wire-walk over Niagara Falls:

    Length of wire: 1,800 feet

    Weight: 7 tons

    Diameter: 2 inches

    Material: Steel

    How it’s installed:

    Be sure to visit the site to read the rest of the “facts and figures”

    Wallenda walks the walk

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Nik Wallenda has done something no one has ever done before: crossed the Horseshoe Falls on a tight rope wire.

    The seventh generation Flying Wallenda had said crossing the falls had been a childhood dream of his. On Friday night, that dream came true when he completed the stunt across Niagara Falls in just 26 minutes.

    Leaving the American side at 10:15, the 33-year-old began his journey across the wire. After an initial round of cheers for the funambulist, the estimated crowd of 105,000 on the Canadian side became eerily silent as they watched him traverse across the wire.

    Through high winds that caused the wire to sway and swirling mist that had water dripping from the wire, Wallenda walked slowly, with purpose. Throughout the entire trip, he was in direct communication with his father. The ABC coverage of his walk featured snippets of the back and forth between the father and son, including Wallenda thanking Jesus several times.

    Setting up for Nik Wallenda – lots of TV trucks and lots of wires (and lots of photos)!

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    For the last couple of days there has been lots of work going on along the Niagara Parkway down to Table Rock Place. There are a LOT of trucks with a LOT of equipment for the TV production. There are barriers being put in place, security and police officers around, and more. It is kind of exciting. There seems to be some “electricity” in the air, and there are more and more people around. There were also a couple of very cool look helicopters around yesterday.

    The wire was put in place late Tuesday afternoon. It also looks like there are some smaller wires that will have cameras attached to them. It should make for great TV!

    I’m still undecided about whether I’m heading down to watch or not. I really want to be there, but there will probably just be too many people. My kids want to see it, but if I want to be able to park somewhere, I’m going to have to get there around 4-5 pm. Then what do we do for the next 5 or 6 hours? Plus, it may take an hour or two just to get out of the city once it is all over. I just don’t see any way around that, so we’ll have to decide if it is worth it or not.

    Tightrope Walker Will Attempt Niagara Falls

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    Discovery News has information about the Nik Wallenda walk:

    This month, high-wire artist Nik Wallenda will make the first attempt at crossing Niagara Falls on a tightrope in over 100 years.

    He will use an 1,800-foot long, two-inch wire that will be strung about 200 feet above the base of the Niagara Gorge.

    Leave it to TV to rob falls act of its suspense

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Remember all of those rooms Niagara Falls hotels expected to book for Nik Wallenda’s dramatic tightrope walk?

    If they really want to protect the tourist attraction’s brand, they should offer full refunds to anyone who cancels after finding out the death-defying feat they thought they were coming to see will be nothing of the sort.

    In fact, any marketing of Wallenda’s June 15 stroll that doesn’t include “tethered” before every mention of his name will constitute the biggest fraud since Anonymous.

    For those who forget, the public was duped that time into believing the bestselling “Primary Colors” was written by a Clinton White House insider, instead of by a Newsweek columnist.

    This time, the public was duped into believing Wallenda would risk all in his walk across the falls in a Friday night special that ABC will stretch into three hours of ads and promos.

    Now it turns out that Wallenda will risk no such thing. Instead, he’ll wear a safety harness tethered to the wire so that he couldn’t fall if he wanted to.

    Which means the stunt now should elicit a shrug and the obvious question: What’s the point?

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