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Nik Wallenda to test fate over Niagara Falls

8:24 AM, Jun 15, 2012   |    comments
Wallenda tightrope walkers performed in Monte Carlo in 2004. (PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images)
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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- Nik Wallenda is ready to add yet another amazing feat to the storied and sometimes tragic Wallenda family history with his tightrope walk across Niagara Falls.

11Alive.com will stream the walk live Friday night.

Wallenda is a seventh-generation circus performer.

The Wallendas trace their fearless roots to 1780 Austria-Hungary, when ancestors traveled as a band of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, animal trainers and trapeze artists.

Nik Wallenda's great-grandfather, Karl, was the patriarch of the modern day Wallendas and himself walked over the Tallulah Gorge on a tightrope. However he died at age 73 when he fell from a wire in Puerto Rico.

Fourteen family members perform today in various troupes.

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