High Jinx on a High Wire over Niagara Falls


On September 14, 1860, Charles Blondin became the first person to cross a tightrope stretched 11,000 feet across the Niagara Falls. He walked back and forth several times … each time with a different daring feat – once in a sack, on stilts, on a bicycle, in the dark, and blindfolded. One time he even carried a stove and cooked an omelet in the middle of the rope! He also crossed while pushing a wheelbarrow holding a sack of potatoes. 

He asked the attentive crowd: “Do you believe I can carry a person across in this wheelbarrow?”

           For the rest of this truly unique story, follow the link: http://www.inspire21.com/stories/faithstories/CharlesBlondin

           Photo source for Charles Blondin: http://history1800s.about.com/od/popularentertainment/ig/Images-of-Blondin/

           Short video about Blondin’s amazing feats: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lii9j95tqIw&feature=related

Dancing on the Tightrope between the Twin Towers

On the morning of August 7, 1974, 24-year-old Philippe Petit stepped onto a steel wire between the Twin Towers in lower Manhattan.

A police officer was dispatched to bring him down and observed in helpless amazement that Petit was dancing, and laughing. His feet left the wire as he bounced and resettled on it again. 


Picture source:  https://www.google.com/#q=philippe+petit+photos