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Daredevil
    (1928-2001)
    Niagara Falls, New York Tightrope Daredevil
    'Niagara Falls Tightrope Walking (1959)' and 'The Great Blondin'
    Appeared in an IMAX feature
    He risked his life for fame and attention.
    He repeated his foolish act several times.
    he was featured on 'Ripley's Believe It or Not.'
    He is easily confused with many other Canadian men with the names Jean or Francois.
    He rode a bicycle over the Falls blindfolded, cooked an omelet in the center, crossed with manacled hands and feet, pushed a wheelbarrow, did a somersault in the center and brought up a bottled water from a cord he stretched to the Maid of the Mist while on his tightrope.
    When he carried his manager across, they almost slipped many times.
    He described the piggyback adventure as a 'nightmare.'
    He survived.
    He was a professional tightrope walker, trained in a European circus.
    He carried his manager, Harry Colcord, across via piggyback while tightrope walking the Falls.
    He did a new trick with each stunt to make them different.
    Approximately 25,000 spectators witnessed his first stunt.
    He didn't actually plunge into the Falls, but still walked over them.

Credit: Skunk Butt


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