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Fri Mar 6, 2015, 07:26 AM

The Daredevil of Niagara Falls



The 19th century daredevil of Niagara Falls was Charles Blondin, he crossed from the American to the Canadian side of the falls on a tightrope, stopping in the middle to haul up and drink a bottle of wine from the ship, Maid of the Mist, which anchored below him. On his walk back to the American side, he paused halfway, set up a camera, and took a picture from the middle of the falls. On subsequent walks across the gorge, he covered his head, pushed a wheelbarrow, cooked a breakfast, and carried his manager on his back. By the time he gave his final performance, in 1896, it was estimated that Blondin had crossed Niagara Falls 300 times and walked more than 10,000 miles on his rope.

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Response to My Good Babushka (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 07:31 AM

1. That's wild.

I wonder if he got paid for his daredevil antics. Since it says he had a manager, I assume he must have attracted some crowds & sold tickets to something or other. Have you ever read the book Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women, by Ricky Jay. I loved it, and it covers a lot of 19th century entertainers like that guy.

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Response to lovemydog (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 07:51 AM

2. I have not.

But I'll have to remember to check it out.

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Response to My Good Babushka (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 08:39 AM

3. He seems to have been just as happy as if he had had good sense.

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