What do you think about Nik Wallenda doing a highwire act over Niagra Falls?
Pffftt... this is nothing big. In the 1800s, it was a common stunt to tightrope across Niagra Falls.
The "Great Blondin" was among many that tightroped the falls
"Watchers saw him lower a rope from the tightrope to the Maid of the Mist, pull up a bottle and sit down while he refreshed himself. He began his ascent toward the Canadian shore, paused, steadied the balancing pole and suddenly executed a back somersault.
Never content merely to repeat his last performance, Blondin crossed his rope on a bicycle, walked blindfolded, pushed a wheelbarrow, cooked an omelet in the centre and made the trip with his hands and feet manacled"
Regulations in the last 150 years have made it less common and more difficult to obtain a license to perform there, but don't think that this stunt is, by any means, original. Although, he's the first since 1896.read more collapse
@capguncowboy: Maybe not original but, Wallenda’s walk was the first to be performed directly in front of Niagara Falls.
Former Niagara Falls Ontario Historian, George Seibel compiled this list in 1986.
1859-Jean Francois Gravelet, better known as Blondin: June 30 to September.
1860-Blondin: June 6, to September.
1860-Signor Enrico Farini: August, to September.
1865-Harry Leslie, June 15
1869-Professor Andrew Jenkins, August 25
1873-Signor Harry Balleni, August 25.
1873-Stephen Peer, September 10.
1874-Stephen Peer, July 27.
1876-Maria Spelterina, July 8.
1887-Stephen Peer, June 22.
1890-Samuel Dixon, September 6.
1891-Samuel Dixon, July 17.
1892-Clifford Calverley, October 12.
1893-Clifford Calverley, July 1.
1896-James Hardy, July1.
1897-D.H. MacDonald, impromptu, April 3.
1911-Oscar Williams, June 27, aborted.
Most of these walks took place down river over the Niagara Gorge away from the falls. A few within sight of the falls. They were all taken without the use of a harness.read more collapse
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