Seneca Gaming Corp. chipped in $50,000 to assist Erendira Wallenda’s “date with history,” dangling 300 feet above Niagara Falls. The Niagara County Legislature set aside $35,000 for the daring act, which involved her hanging by her toes and then her teeth from a helicopter—the latter act known as the “iron-jaw hang.”
Erendira Wallenda dazzled viewers with a series of maneuvers on a hoop suspended from a helicopter hovering over Niagara and Horseshoe Falls. Her performance took place on June 15—the fifth anniversary of her husband Nik Wallenda’s televised high-wire walk over Niagara. (Nik balanced on the steel cable thanks to special elk-skin moccasins made by his mother.) She also broke Nik Wallenda’s height record of 250 feet, achieved six years ago when he likewise hung from his teeth, above Silver Dollar City, in Branson, Missouri.
“If a guy can do it a girl can do it too,” Erendira told reporters after the performance, reported People.com. “We just do it with a little more grace.”
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Erendira’s circus family lineage stretches back eight generations on her mother’s side and seven generations on her father’s side.
Other Flying Wallendas, including Nik’s great-grandfather, have fallen to their deaths while performing gravity-defying stunts.
After her feat, officials declared June 15, 2017, Erendira Wallenda Day in Niagara County, New York. The Niagara Falls event lasted about 20 minutes, drawing droves of tourists to the American side of the falls.
“Niagara Falls is so dear to both of us. It kind of put his name on the map,” Erendira Wallenda said of Nik’s 2012 stunt.
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