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    Daredevil to be Blindfolded During Chicago Tightrope Stunt

    Wallenda will carry out the stunt on November 2.

    Nik Wallenda recently announced his plan to walk across a tightrope between two 65-story skyscrapers in Chicago—without a harness, while blindfolded.

    This stunt, which will be just one of many for Wallenda, can been viewed on Discovery Channel at 7 p.m. on November 2 and will also be livestreamed on The tightrope walk, which will span roughly two blocks, will be divided into two parts. During the first, Wallenda will walk the tightrope wearing a blindfold. The blindfold will then be removed for the second part, with the daredevil walking the rope on a 15-degree angle. It will be the first time he will attempt to walk a tightrope at such a steep angle.

    More specifically, the two-block walk will span from Marina City’s west tower and across the Chicago River to the Leo Burnett Building.

    Raised as a seventh-generation member of The Flying Wallendas, Wallenda began performing circus acts as a child, eventually becoming a top-notch aerialist and acrobat. With a nickname of King of the Wire, Wallenda has a fair number of successful stunts on his resume. In 2012, he walked across a tightrope stretched over Niagara Falls, although he was required to wear a safety harness in order for approval to be granted.

    During an appearance on the Today show, Matt Lauer asked Wallenda the simple question of, “Why?”

    “It’s my passion, it’s what I love doing,” Wallenda answered. “Chicago, the Windy City, that was, believe it or not, very alluring to me. Most people would think a wire walker doesn’t want to go to the Windy City, but I enjoy the challenges.”

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