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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:41 AM

Flying Wallendas to cross Times Square on a high wire

Imagine crossing Times Square on a high wire between skyscrapers, 25 stories above the pavement.

If all goes well, that will be reality Sunday for two siblings from the famed Flying Wallendas (vah-LEN’-dahs) circus family. Their latest daredevil stunt will be streamed live Sunday at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.

Nik Wallenda is a seventh-generation acrobat, but this time, he’s nervous. His sister, Lijana (lee-WAH’-nah) Wallenda, plans to join him for the first time since her near-fatal accident in 2017, when she broke nearly every bone in her face.

The siblings will walk from opposite ends of the 1,300-foot wire (396-meter) suspended between the towers, crossing each other in the middle.

They’ll be wearing tethered safety harnesses required by the city in case they fall.

https://www.apnews.com/4714d844764742ef8bada8d37f477d76

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Reply Flying Wallendas to cross Times Square on a high wire (Original post)
left-of-center2012 Jun 2019 OP
jberryhill Jun 2019 #1
Zambero Jun 2019 #2
jberryhill Jun 2019 #4
left-of-center2012 Jun 2019 #3
Zambero Jun 2019 #6
sl8 Jun 2019 #5
jberryhill Jun 2019 #7
sl8 Jun 2019 #8
jberryhill Jun 2019 #10
sl8 Jun 2019 #13
Iggo Jun 2019 #11
smirkymonkey Jun 2019 #9
Zorro Jun 2019 #12

Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:50 AM

1. I remember watching Karl Wallenda die live on TV


Great entertainment.

The Wallendas are not particularly good at this.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:53 AM

2. The classic pyramid high wire stunt ended in tragedy

Karl survived that one to perform again, but not everyone in the Wallendas troupe was as fortunate.

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Response to Zambero (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:56 AM

4. Them and Evel Knieval seemed to bat .500

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:54 AM

3. "Flying Wallendas"

How can they fly if they are "tethered to safety harnesses" ?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:06 AM

6. Glad to hear they are wearing them

Since humans are indeed wingless and subject to the force of gravity.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:04 AM

5. That's great and all, but I feel bad for all the low wire walkers out there.

Seems like the flashy high walkers get all the attention.

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Response to sl8 (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 01:43 PM

7. They are doing s benefit show for second and third responders

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #7)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 02:10 PM

8. But of course they are. And what do the fourth and fifth responders get?

I'll tell you what they get. Bupkis.

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Response to sl8 (Reply #8)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 04:11 PM

10. Screw the fifth responders


They should respond sooner.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #10)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 05:37 PM

13. Now you're talking.

I bet you're going to have to find someone with some serious self-esteem issues to screw a fifth responder, though.

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Response to sl8 (Reply #8)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 04:12 PM

11. LOL.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 04:00 PM

9. I do not want to see this.

I am freaked out by heights to begin with, but to watch two people walk on a high wire 25 stories up would be just too much for me. Even with safety harnesses (good idea), it would still be too anxiety provoking.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 04:16 PM

12. Meh

Not nearly as absolutely insane as Phillipe Petit's gut-wrenching, no-harness scampers between the World Trade Center's twin towers.

Check out "Man on Wire" and you'll see what I mean.

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