Daredevil hangs by her teeth from helicopter over Niagara Falls

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17 June, 2017

As today marks the five year anniversary of the time he performed a tightrope walk across Niagara Falls, his wife chose a rather interesting way to honor the stunt.

U.S. media said the Niagara Falls stunt by Erendira Wallenda, part of the famed acrobat clan, set a world record for height - established by her husband Nik.

She'll perform tricks and dance moves, at points during the performance she will hang from her toes and her teeth.

Erendira also hoped to break her husband's record of hanging by his teeth at 200 feet.

The 36-year-old mother of three and used a mouth guard to protect her teeth, but said she would be using the strength of her jaw muscles to avoid falling.

Erendira's stunt was unanimously approved by the Niagara County Legislature earlier this year, and $35,000 was set aside for the event.

A trapeze artist from a renowned family of daredevils is planning to hang by her teeth from a helicopter over Niagara Falls today.

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"Never give up on your dreams", she said. Because of a NY state law requiring aerialists to wear a safety tether when performing above 20 people, Erendira also had to wear a safety tether attached to her waist.

Erendira will perform the stunt at 8:30 a.m. EDT from above the waters of the Niagara Falls.

Today, Erendira chose to go 300 feet above Niagara Falls. So, you know, normal Thursday stuff.

Follow along with updates from our staff at Niagara Falls. The previous record of 250 feet was held by her husband, which he set six years ago, dangling over a Missouri theme park.

Erendira is an aerialist who has always been experienced in stunts like these.

"It's hard to marry somebody who doesn't walk a wire", Nik Wallenda said Wednesday, "who doesn't risk their life".

She sat on a lyra, or ring, as the helicopter departed from atop the Seneca Niagara Casino parking garage.


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