The Niagara Falls Tightrope Walker Cleared Customs
Nik Wallenda became the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a high wire Friday night, and in the process became the first person to clear customs that way, too.
Nik Wallenda became the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a high wire Friday night, and in the process became the first person to clear customs that way, too. Others have walked across tamer parts of Niagara Falls, somewhere down stream, but Wallenda is the first to walk over the actual waterfall
The blockbuster megastunt took around 25 minutes to complete, so as much as we'd like to offer you a full video of the event, this 6 minute ABC News recap is the best there is to offer. Some 200 feet later, Wallenda dismounted from his wire and two customs were mugging for the ABC cameras and ready to process Wallenda. "May we see your passport, sir?", the agent asked. "Let me unhook my safety harness first," Wallenda probably replied. "Do you have anything to declare?" the agent asked:
"No, I'm not carrying anything over. I promise," he said.
"What is the purpose of your trip sir?" the agent asked.
"To inspire people around the world," Wallenda said.
We find it strange you don't have to declare a large balancing pole, but maybe that counts as transport, like how you don't have to declare your car. Anyway, Wallenda made it across safely (the mist was thick in the middle, he says in the video) and not once did he unhook his safety harness. If you're interested in more high wire history, via the New York Times' Brian Stelter, the great 2008 Oscar-winning documentary Man On Wire is available on Netflix Instant.