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Karl Wallenda´s last walk

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Published on Jul 15, 2010

The Great Wallendas were noted throughout Europe for their four-man pyramid and cycling on the high wire. The act moved to the United States in 1928 and began an association with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Combined Circus. Later they performed as freelancers. In 1947 they developed the unequaled three-tier 7-Man Pyramid. The Great Wallendas, a 1978 made-for-TV movie starring Lloyd Bridges as Karl Wallenda, depicts the act's comeback after a fatal accident involving several family members during a performance. Despite being involved in several tragedies in his family's acts, Wallenda continued with his stunts. In 1978, at age 73, Wallenda attempted a walk between the two towers of the ten-story Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on a wire stretched 37 metres (121 ft) above the pavement, but fell to his death when winds exceeded 48 kilometres per hour (30 miles per hour). The Wallenda family attributes the tragedy to "several misconnected guy ropes along the wire" and not the windy conditions. A film crew from WAPA-TV in San Juan taped the fall, and the video, featuring anchorman Guillermo Jose Torres' anguished narration of the fall, circled the world. Rick Wallenda went back the following year and completed the walk successfully.[citation needed]
He was quoted as saying, "Life is being on the wire; everything else is just waiting."

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David Gee
Those two guys standing there after the fall like nothing happened. "So Bob, what's new with you?'
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Quade Carter
The music makes it hilarious lol
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Julie M
I'm able to actually see this live in Chicago. Wallenda has done an amazing job so far! His angel is this man who unfortunately died. God has both of you in his hands. 
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TampaOutlaw
That old man was way too old to be trying to tightrope walk, old folks have a hard enough time just walking and did anyone bother to check the weather report of possibly high winds!!
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theblueflag
Funny how many people are offended by this. If a man jumped in a tiger cage and the tiger killed him would you feel sorry for them? I don't. These people choose to do this without protection.
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Desiree Ruiz
Its this music that caused him to lose balance,
slayingwicked
C'mon Nick fall! I got $300 big ones on it...
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David Aliff
God Bless Him and may he be let to watch over his family and keep them all safe as their Guardian Angle sent straight from God's own side... He died a true man's death! Doing what he loved so much that he'd lay down his life for it. And he did. I commend him for it and look up to him as a hero... May God Bless This Family Forever More and May They Loose No More So Tragically...
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LordMontystink
He won't do that again.
Holly Wood
Why do this when you're 73 ?
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