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Nik Wallenda to Attempt His Longest Walk Ever at Wisconsin State Fair



    Renowned daredevil Nik Wallenda is expected to take his tightrope-walking skills to new lengths Tuesday at the Wisconsin State Fair.

    The 35-year-old acrobat will attempt his longest walk ever high above the Main Stage at the fair, walking for 1,560 feet on a wire no wider than a nickel, the fair announced

    The walk, slated to begin at 7 p.m., will take him more than 10 stories above the Milwaukee Mile racetrack. During the walk, Wallenda plans to answer questions submitted by fans on Twitter last week.

    The latest stunt follows heart stopping feats earlier this year in Connecticut and Orlando, which saw Wallenda tightrope walk 80 feet above the ground and around the Orlando Eye untethered.

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    His walk last November between Chicago’s Marina City Towers and the Leo Burnett Building broke two world records.

    Last year, Wallenda said he wanted to recreate a 1,200-foot-long high-wire walk made famous by his great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda. The Wallenda family patriarch's stunt at Tallulah Falls Gorge in Georgia included two headstands on the high wire.

    A year before Wallenda was born, his great-grandfather Karl Wallenda fell to his death during a tightrope stunt in Puerto Rico. He was 73.

    "I've trained a bit to do a headstand on the wire, but I've never done it publicly because I've always said if I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it on that walk with him," Wallenda said, explaining that he wants to use vintage film of Karl Wallenda's walk to create the illusion of the two of them sharing the high wire. "My dream is to actually walk the wire with my great-grandfather," he said. "I get goose bumps and chills thinking about it."

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