Wallenda hangs by teeth from helicopter over Niagara Falls

Wallenda hangs by teeth from helicopter over Niagara Falls

Wallenda hangs by teeth from helicopter over Niagara Falls

The performer and wife of high-wire walker Nik Wallenda performed an incredible stunt of her own on Thursday from a helicopter over Niagara Falls.

In a further theft of Nik Wallenda's thunder, Erendira smashed her husband's record on the fifth anniversary of his famous tightrope walk across Niagara Falls.

"It felt unbelievable. It was a little more windy than I expected it to be, but then I just put myself back in my backyard where I train all the time", Wallenda said in a press conference following her stunt. Oh, and she broke her husband Nik Wallenda's record in the process.

As someone who has performed since she was five years old, she said she wasn't nervous.

And although she'll be doing something that most of us wouldn't dare, for her it's just another day in the life.

At times, Erendira was hanging from the chopper by only her teeth, wearing a customized mouthpiece.

She was required to wear a cable tether around her waist, due to a NY state law that requires a safety support for aerial stunts above 20 feet. She used a Hula-Hoop-type device to hang from the helicopter as it flew 300 feet above the Falls. During the performance, she also dangled from her knees, toes, and hands. "She hovered over by the helicopter, she practically beat her husband at it", said Haley Shirley.

While the stunt was billed as a made-for-television event, hundreds of people watching from Terrapin Point were awestruck by what was happening above them.

"It is just as much of a challenge, in fact more of a challenge often, because you're anxious you're going to get tangled up in it", he said.

In 1978, family member Karl Wallenda died in a high-wire accident while attempting to walk between two towers of the Condado Plaza Hotel located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to the Associated Press.

Both Nik and Erendira were presented with proclamations from Niagara County.

Janet Dooley, a tourist from California, added that a stunt like Wallenda's would make for "a nice yearly event".

Wallenda had stood by a hoop hanging from a helicopter during a pre-NASCAR vehicle show.

She said as an artist and as a daredevil, there's something "almost magical" about the falls.

Wallenda's husband, Nik, had performed his own special antics just five years earlier.

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