Wallenda siblings pull off Times Square daredevil stunt

Kimberly Dole
June 24, 2019 - 8:43 am

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP)-- The Flying Wallenda siblings safely crossed Times Square on a high wire strung between two skyscrapers 25 stories above the pavement Sunday night.

Nik and Lijana Wallenda walked from opposite ends of the 1,300-foot suspended wire between the towers, crossing each other in the middle, where Lijana Wallenda sat on the wire and let her brother step over her. Both then continued to the opposite side.

This was Lijana Wallenda's first stunt since a near-fatal accident in 2017, when she broke nearly every bone in her face.

The two were wearing tethered safety harnesses required by the city in case they fell.

The Wallenda siblings are seventh-generation acrobats, their family has been a star tightrope-walking troupe for generations, tracing their roots to 1780 in Austria-Hungary, when their ancestors traveled as a band of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, animal trainers, and trapeze artists. They never use nets in live shows or in rehearsals.

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