Niagara Falls, NY (WKBW)- High wire performer Nik Wallenda will attempt to walk over Niagara Falls on June 15th. In the weeks leading up to the big event, a rigorous practice routine has begun for Wallenda.
Sunday marked day 2 of high wire training for the aerialist. Wallenda comes from a long line of performers dating back to the 1780's. The family, of German origin, eventually made it's way to the United States in the 1920's to headline for the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. Wallenda says preparations and practice are key to having a successful run over the mighty cataract and every practice will be different.
Wallenda will even re-create conditions similar to what he'll face when over the falls, so he can be prepared for anything.
"We'll do so some different scenarios," said Wallenda. "I had a meeting with the fire department yesterday, who will be spraying a heavy mist down and we'll probably bring in some wind machines as well and try to re-enact the worst case I could feel out there."
Wallenda's high wire training practices are open to the public from 10:30 a.m until Noon and 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. everyday at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls until May 22nd.
The June 15th stunt will be the first attempt ever by someone to walk across the Niagara Falls themselves.
The event will be televised in a primetime special Friday June 15th beginning at 8p.m. on ABC-TV and Channel 7.