Niagara Falls Becomes Setting for Death Defying Stunt

August 3, 2011 Updated May 29, 2012 at 1:22 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

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August 3, 2011 Updated May 29, 2012 at 1:22 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW)- It's a stunt that hasn't been done for more than 100 years. Now, Nik Wallenda, of the famous Flying Wallendas, wants to be the man to take that trip across the gorge.

Wallenda and his technical staff will be meeting with local officials to work out the logistics regarding his planned high wire walk. State lawmakers approved legislation this year to allow Wallenda to perform but the bill must first be signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Senator George Maziarz, who is a supporter of Wallenda, said the meeting will clear up any questions or concerns about the challenging act. He said the act would awe spectators. Other people, including Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said all precautions and plans must be in place to avoid any problems.

"I hear people saying that this will make the falls famous but that's backwards. The reason Wallenda wants to come here is because the falls are already famous. They were famous before the Flying Wallendas they will be famous after. We just have to be careful that everything we do in the City of Niagara Falls adds to rather than detracts from the gift God gave us in the form of this natural wonder," Dysters said.

Canadian officials must also approve the event. Wallenda will hold a similar meeting with stakeholders over the boarder in Niagara Falls, Ontario this Thursday.

Wallenda will have a private meeting about the stunt at noon. Then he will hold a press conference to discuss his plan at 2p.m.