High-wire performer crosses between towers

5:44 AM, Mar 20, 2010   |    comments
Nik Wallenda walks on a high wire from two of Sarasota's tallest buildings.
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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- A world-record holding high-wire performer crossed a 50-foot span between 32-story towers in downtown Fort Myers to promote upcoming performances.
 
Nik Wallenda, from the famous Flying Wallendas circus family, was nearly 400 feet in the air Friday afternoon when he crossed a 5/8-inch wire between the towers of High Point Place. The stunt was a promotion for Circus Sarasota, which is performing in Fort Myers through next Sunday.
 
The 31-yearold Wallenda set a Guinness world record in October 2008 for the longest distance and greatest height ever traveled by bicycle on a high wire.
 
Wallenda, a seventh generation high-wire performer, is the great-grandson of circus legend Karl Wallenda, who fell to his death during a wire walk in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1978.

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