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Aerialist Nik Wallenda tighropes over the Niagara Falls (Credit: Getty Images)

Aerialist Nik Wallenda tighropes over the Niagara Falls in Canada. Wallenda walked across the 1,800 foot long, 2 inch-wide wire as the first person to cross directly over the falls from the U.S. into Canada. Wallenda, 33 and a father of three, is a seventh generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas who trace their roots to 1780 Austria-Hungary, when ancestors traveled as a band of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, animal trainers and trapeze artists. ABC televised the event and insisted the daredevil wear a teathered harness to prevent live coverage of a potentially deadly fall 190 feet into the churning torrent below. (June 15, 2012)

Daredevil walks over Niagara Falls

The seventh-generation member of the Flying Wallendas spent months getting the necessary permissions from Canada and the United States for the cross-border stunt that will take place on June 15.

Nik Wallenda completes his walk over Niagara Falls
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Nik Wallenda completes his walk over Niagara Falls on a tightrope in Niagara Falls, Ont. Wallenda battled brisk winds and thick mist Friday to make history, becoming the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. (June 15, 2012)

Nik Wallenda pumps his fist as he completes
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Nik Wallenda pumps his fist as he completes his 1,800 feet-long tightrope walk over the brink of the Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, Ont. (June 15, 2012)

Nik Wallenda walks across Niagara Falls on a
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Nik Wallenda walks across Niagara Falls on a tightrope as seen from Niagara Falls, N.Y. (June 15, 2012)

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The Maid of the Mist enters near the
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The Maid of the Mist enters near the dangers zone before Nik Wallenda's attempt to walk a 1,800-foot long tightrope over the brink of the Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, Ont. (June 15, 2012)

David LeFever waits for Nik Wallenda to walk
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David LeFever waits for Nik Wallenda to walk across Niagara Falls on a wire in Niagara Falls, N.Y. (June 15, 2012)

Spectators check out the view where Nik Wallenda
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Spectators check out the view where Nik Wallenda will walk a tightrope over Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario. (June 15, 2012)

Nik Wallenda greets fans after inspecting the wire
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Nik Wallenda greets fans after inspecting the wire prior to his walk across Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, N.Y. (June 15, 2012)

Police keep watch as the crowds gather in
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Police keep watch as the crowds gather in anticipation of Nik Wallenda's stunt in which he will walk a tightrope over Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario. (June 15, 2012)

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A wire is stretched across Niagara Falls prior
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A wire is stretched across Niagara Falls prior to Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk in Niagara Falls, N.Y. (Friday, June 15, 2012)

Nik Wallenda looks at the tightrope cable in
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Nik Wallenda looks at the tightrope cable in Niagara Falls in Canada. On Friday night Wallenda's attempt at being the first person to walk across the falls on a tightrope will be broadcast on a live ABC special, with CTV carrying it in Canada. (June 13, 2012)

This aerial view shows the Horseshoe section of
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This aerial view shows the Horseshoe section of Niagara Falls. A wire 1,550 feet long at the mouth of the falls will be used by high-wire walker Nik Wallenda, 33, on June 15 to cross from the U.S., left, to Canada over the Horseshoe. Wallenda will be suspended 173 feet above the falls. (June 14 2012)

A tourist ship in Niagara Falls, N.Y., passes
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A tourist ship in Niagara Falls, N.Y., passes under the tight rope. The wire is 1,550 feet long and Wallenda will be suspended 173 feet above the falls. (June 14, 2012)

Tourist visiting Niagara Falls look at the tightrope
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Tourist visiting Niagara Falls look at the tightrope that will be used by high-wire walker Nik Wallenda, 33, on June 15 to cross from the U.S. to Canada over the Horseshoe section of the falls. (June 14, 2012)

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High-wire walker Nik Wallenda, 33, speaks to the
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High-wire walker Nik Wallenda, 33, speaks to the press in Niagara Falls on the eve of his attempt to cross the falls. (June 14, 2012)

A helicopter tows a guide wire over Niagara
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A helicopter tows a guide wire over Niagara Falls across the gorge in preparation for Nik Wallenda's high-wire walk Friday evening. Wallenda estimates the stunt will cost about $1.2 million to $1.3 million. (June 12, 2012)

Nik Wallenda sits below the wire the day
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Nik Wallenda sits below the wire the day before he'll use it on his attempt to walk across Niagara Falls, from the U.S. to the Canadian, near Horseshoe Falls. (June 14, 2012)

Scott O'Shea rigs a tower in preparation for
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Scott O'Shea rigs a tower in preparation for Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk over Niagara Falls. (June 12, 2012)

Nik Wallenda performs a walk on a tightrope
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Nik Wallenda performs a walk on a tightrope in the rain during training for his walk over Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, N.Y. (May 16, 2012)

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In this file photo, Nik Wallenda performs a
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In this file photo, Nik Wallenda performs a walk on a tightrope, in the rain, during training for his walk over Niagara Falls. (May 16, 2012)

Nik Wallenda gets ready to train for his
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Nik Wallenda gets ready to train for his his walk over Niagara Falls. Wallenda, 33, says he is ready to live out a childhood fantasy as he attempts to become the first person to successfully walk a tightrope over the brink of Niagara Falls on June 15, 2012. (May 16, 2012)

Nik Wallenda walks the tightrope, in the rain,
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Nik Wallenda walks the tightrope, in the rain, during training for his walk over Niagara Falls. (May 16, 2012)

Nik Wallenda looks over the 2-inch in diameter
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Nik Wallenda looks over the 2-inch in diameter tightrope that will be installed for practice at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls. Wallenda will try to cross the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope on June 15. (May 10, 2012)

Nik Wallenda points to Niagara Falls after a
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Nik Wallenda points to Niagara Falls after a news conference discussing his attempt to cross the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope on June 15. The seventh-generation member of the Flying Wallendas spent months getting the necessary permissions from Canada and the United States for the cross-border stunt. (May 2, 2012)

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Daredevil Nik Wallenda walks on a tightrope above
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Daredevil Nik Wallenda walks on a tightrope above Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Wallenda, who holds five Guinness World Records, is a seventh-generation member of the Flying Wallenda family. (May 9, 2012)

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