For the first time in 116 years, a man as taken to a highwire over Niagara Falls — according to The New York Times — but this time, a successful tightrope walk has taken a man not only over the falls, but into the history books. Said man is Nik Wallenda, who is no stranger to daredevil feats like this; he’s already a Guinness World Record holder for the highest and longest bike ride on a highwire — a feat he accomplished in 2008 in Newark, New Jersey. This year he set his sights on the famous Niagara Falls between New York State and Ontario, Canada, and last week, he completed that goal amidst a huge crowd of on-lookers, tourists, and media outlets.
“It’s exciting to know that I was part of history,” Wallenda told ABC News. “What a blessing, the life that I’ve had so far. To be able to complete something that no one in the world ever has is quite an honor.”
Wallenda has his talent, courage, and above all, his great sense of balance in his blood; he’s a seventh-generation member of The Flying Wallendas family that have been performing death-defying acts in circuses since the 18th century. His latest stunt, and the stunts before this, are all apart of his goal to reinvent the circus and make it break it out of a circus tent. Future proposed highwire acts include the Grand Canyon.
Let’s hope he keeps the act going for generations to come.