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Erendira Wallenda hangs out of helicopter by teeth, toes over Niagara Falls

Theresa Hayes | 17 June, 2017, 06:03

Erendira will perform the stunt at 8:30 a.m. EDT from above the waters of the Niagara Falls.

She was tethered by her waist during the stunt to comply with a NY state law that requires safety harnesses for performers more than 6 metres in the air.

In 2013, her husband Nik became the first man to cross the Grand Canyon on a tightrope, completing that record-breaking feat in under 23 minutes.

Wallenda was tethered by her waist to comply with a NY state law that requires safety harnesses for performers more than 20 feet in the air.

The stunt coincides with the fifth anniversary of Nik Wallenda's historic 550-metre tightrope walk from the NY side of Niagara Falls, into Canada.

WBFO's Michael Mroziak interviews Erendira and Nik Wallenda following Mrs. Wallenda's successful aerial stunt over Niagara Falls Thursday morning.

In 1978, family member Karl Wallenda died in a high-wire accident while attempting to walk between two towers of the Condado Plaza Hotel located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to the Associated Press.

Other Wallendas, including Nik Wallenda's great-grandfather, have fallen to their deaths while performing.

She survived, of course, but this family is rather insane.

The "Iron Jaw" hold was once a staple of Nik's grandparents act - his grandfather would ride a bicycle on a tight rope while his grandmother would dangle below, biting down on a folded leather belt.

"She's a ballerina in the air", he said Wednesday.

"Our dentist is a very understanding person", her husband added. I probably would want to spend all day long up there. While she sat in the hoop, the helicopter returned to the roof of the garage of the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. She said from her mother's side, there were eight generations who were part of the third-oldest circus in Australia.

Both Nik and Erendira were presented with proclamations from Niagara County. Their friendship evolved into romance as teenagers.

"This is something that we train for, so I'm not just going to go out there and be like, 'Oh I hope for the best", she said. "And not too many people can say they married someone with the same passions that they have".

Nik told reporters that he's looking to build a permanent, family-friendly attraction on the USA side of the Niagara Falls that would showcase his family business.

"I thought it was pretty awesome because I don't think I could do that", said Alaina Raleeh.

Wallenda's successful stunt fell on the fifth anniversary of her husband's televised tightrope walk across Niagara Falls.

You might remember in 2011 when Nik got on a trapeze attached to a helicopter that hovered 250 feet above a Missouri theme park. Nikolas recalled his wife saying. "I feel like that's where God tells me 'this is what I made you for'".

"I was like, 'Absolutely, '" Wallenda said he responded.


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