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Re: Daredevil gets the tightrope OK

Postby Matt » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:52 am

Walmart has rope on sale. He doesn't need too spend that much.
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Re: Daredevil gets the tightrope OK

Postby Kelly » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:12 am

And for $10,000, Wallenda will come to your house, set up a low wire in your backyard and give you a private two-hour wirewalking lesson.


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Re: Daredevil gets the tightrope OK

Postby Matt » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:41 am

A large article on the front page of USA today that covers the upcoming stunt as well as the sad state of the American side (though they do a poor job of differentiating the US side from the Canadian).
http://travel.usatoday.com/destinations ... 55528656/1

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Not so death-defying
Buffalo News columnist Rod Watson says the public was "duped" and hotels "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."
No one is more dismissive of the tether than Wallenda, who says he will wear it because he has to, even though "I feel like I'm cheating" and the device invites failure: "If you think you can fall, you're more likely to. You have a different attitude." And it's not what his audience expects: "People don't watch NASCAR just to see a car race."
Of course, Wallenda could be setting the stage for an even more dramatic feat: to detach the tether once he's out on the wire, finish without it and dare ABC to do anything about it. He's said he'd have to be able to jettison the tether if he feels it's compromising his safety. "I have never in my life walked with a harness," Wallenda says. The weight of the tether, he jokes, "makes it feel like I'm dragging an anchor behind me.''
Some are rooting for him to drop the harness, TV contract or not. "I think as soon as he gets out there, he'll take it off," says Freddy Arnold, 49, a construction worker who was one of hundreds who came to watch Wallenda practice in the parking lot. "He can't let television tell him what to do." Wallenda says no. "I don't foresee that happening at this point. I have given ABC my word," he says


Today, the city is old and poor; two of three residents subsist largely on welfare or Social Security, according to Census studies.
Even the Falls District, next to the state park, is pockmarked by empty lots, closed businesses and abandoned houses. Can Wallenda help change the city's luck? "For a weekend," Dyster says, "the world's attention will focus on Niagara Falls."
The world may not like what it sees, according to Ginger Strand, a cultural historian who has studied Niagara. "Everyone already knows all about the falls, but they don't realize how bad the city is," she says. "An American who arrives there is immediately appalled and embarrassed for the nation and hurries to the Canadian side."
Wallenda's walk will have one bit of unfortunate symbolism. Like many tourists, he'll start on the American side but wind up in Canada.
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Re: Daredevil gets the tightrope OK

Postby Kelly » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:44 am

Gosh. I didn't realize he was doing the walk at 10:30 pm!
This morning's D&C article has some interesting footage of the "wire" being installed.

Starting around 10:30 p.m., (June 15) he is to walk on a 2-inch steel cable across the falls, a cable installed by one of the Rochester area’s oldest companies, O’Connell Electric Inc.

Though wire-walking at the falls has a long history, the Wallenda walk — 200 feet above the water — will be the first across the brink of the falls rather than farther down in the gorge.

Wallenda — unhappily, judging by his public remarks on the topic — will be tethered to the wire to prevent a plunge that likely would be fatal. ABC-TV, which is carrying the event live during a three-hour broadcast, agreed to sponsor the event, estimated to cost $1.3 million, only if Wallenda was protected against catastrophe....


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For Nik Wallenda's Niagara Falls walk, Victor's O'Connell Electric installs cable for stunt
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Re: Daredevil gets the tightrope OK

Postby Matt » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:20 am

10:30 pm? Wha?
That doesn't make any sense... for TV or for live viewing.
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Re: Daredevil gets the tightrope OK

Postby cbobcat49 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:03 pm

10:30 pm? Wha?
That doesn't make any sense... for TV or for live viewing.


It'll probably be a 2 hour TV "leadup" to the event and then have his walk be at the end of the show.
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Re: Daredevil gets the tightrope OK

Postby Matt » Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:25 pm

ABC pulled everything about this from their main website.
It's now nothing but "local programming" :down: :down:
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Re: Daredevil gets the tightrope OK

Postby Kelly » Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:24 pm

The audio made it all worth watching. :mrgreen: :up:
I don't think I'll ever again hear someone so earnestly praise Jesus and refer to themselves as a "jack off" in the same sentence. Wow. :rotfl: :heehee:
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Re: Daredevil gets the tightrope OK

Postby Matt » Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:24 pm

Yeah, a lot of praying... and he slipped up that one time, but totally understandable considering the situation. The camera angles and audio quality were exceptional. They really did a great job covering this.
Would have loved to see this happen during the day though.
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Re: Daredevil gets the tightrope OK

Postby Kelly » Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:09 am

Wikipedia:

Nik Wallenda was born in Sarasota, Florida on January 24, 1979 to Terry Troffer and Delilah Wallenda. He began performing with his family at the age of two (dressed as a clown) and began walking the wire at age four, learning primarily from his father.[1] As a child, his parents would throw objects at him as he practiced, and even shot him with a BB gun, to train him how to deal with distractions.[2] At age six, he first visited Niagara Falls and immediately decided that he wanted to one day tightrope walk across it.[5]

Wallenda had his first professional wire performance at age 13. In 1998, at age 19, he participated in the re-creation of Karl Wallenda's seven-person pyramid on the highwire in Detroit, Michigan, alongside his father and his mother, and he decided to make a career of it.[6]


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Re: Daredevil gets the tightrope OK

Postby Matt » Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:57 pm

Sadly, getting shot at is probably a real hazard with public performances in the usa.
I recall David Blaine interviewed on Howard Stern and we was talking about his urban endurance stunts and how people would throw things at him, shoot darts and pool balls, full cans and bottles.
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