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In 1855, he went to America initially to perform with the Ravel troupe in New York City, but he owed his fame and fortune to his idea of crossing Niagara Falls on a 1,100 feet long tightrope, 160ft above the falls.
Paignton Zoo Mali, the <B20-year-old orangutan, caught on camera as she walks a tightrope around 20ft from the ground.
Ozzy, a border collie/kelpie crossbreed, has entered the famous tome for the "Fastest Crossing of a Tightrope by a Dog".
Top tightrope walkers also sometimes use heavy poles which improve muscle tone in the arms.
In 1974, Petit, now 63, broke into the Twin Towers and tightrope walked between them, approximately 1,368 ft above the ground.
The tightrope crossing will take place in a remote section of the canyon operated by the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation and will not be open to spectators.
The self-proclaimed 'King of the High Wire', Nik Wallenda, has announced plans to tightrope walk across a section of the Grand Canyon, without a harness.
The 68-year old walked across the 1,300ft tightrope for around half an hour on Saturday.
A DAREDEVIL has become the first person to walk on a tightrope 1,800 feet across the brink of Niagara Falls.
BLASTED by heavy winds and blinded by thick mist, daredevil Nik Wallenda became the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
A daredevil was flying high yesterday after walking across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
The Jambos have NINE of their first-team squad walking a suspension tightrope in their semi-final against Celtic tomorrow and one more booking will earn them a ban.