Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Wallenda still dreams of attraction in Falls

Wallenda still dreams of attraction in Falls

The stunt by aerialist Erendira Vasquez Wallenda comes on the fifth anniversary of her husband's tight-rope walk over the falls.

She signaled multiple times during the stunt to her husband to bring the aircraft higher, he said after the performance.

Erendira Wallenda was just high enough to avoid the mist and pesky wind currents that come with the fall as she performed an elegant acrobatic routine, weaving in and out of a hula hoop during a routine choreographed to music.

Wallenda hung on by his teeth 250 feet above Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, in 2011.

American daredevil Erendira Wallenda dangled from her teeth from under a helicopter in a series of eye-watering acrobatic moves over the teeming waters of Niagara Falls on Thursday. 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.

"There are no words; it was handsome", Wallenda said moments after returning to the ground.

During the approximately 20-minute flight she used her teeth to grip on to the mouth piece for 10 seconds on her first attempt and then again for five seconds. Her husband was in the helicopter during today's stunt.

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"Sometimes it takes a little longer in this region to make things happen", said Wallenda, who encountered resistance from some corners of city government to his initial, and successful stunt over the Falls in 2012.

Imagine hanging outside of a helicopter flying over Niagara Falls. Oh, and she broke her husband Nik Wallenda's record in the process.

The daredevil couple insinuated they could perform a duo stunt together in a few years. She said, "That's where I feel alive". Nik was 3-years-old and Erendira was 3-months-old.

"She had a huge grin on her face the whole time", Nik Wallenda said.

"This is my passion, this is my life", Erendira said.

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