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Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Wallenda to discuss hanging by teeth over Niagara Falls


"It felt wonderful. It was a little more windy than I expected it to be, but then I just put myself back in my backyard where I train all the time", Wallenda said in a press conference following her stunt. "And thinking about her over the falls and how scary that was but it was the most incredible exciting thing".

Wallenda said she was caught off guard by the windy conditions above the cataracts, something her husband had to deal with during his 2012 stunt.

"It's comforting to look up and see my husband", she said.

"I can't believe anybody could do that". "They know it's a calculated risk but every day is and they do what they love".

Erendira and Nik Wallenda at press conference before the Niagara Falls stunt.

Erendira decided on a different approach. However, the troupe may be most recognized for their fatal 1940s' seven-person chair pyramid act that killed two members and left a third paralyzed. "Why not watch something spectacular while you're doing something spectacular".

"Something extremely unique to anywhere around the world and for the first one to be right here in Niagara Falls", he said. His last flight above the Falls was many years ago filming for CBS's 'The Amazing Race.' It's a vantage that doesn't get old, Barth said. "Awesome to be a part of history".

Her most recent stunt adds to the lore and legend of the renowned Wallenda family, famous for astonishing audiences around the world with their jaw-dropping stunts executed from dizzying heights.

United States media said the Niagara Falls stunt by Erendira Wallenda, part of the famed acrobat clan, set a world record for height - established by her husband Nik.

For the sake of the performer's teeth, the stunt has evolved over the years and now the couple uses custom made mouthpieces while performing.

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