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ssminnow
06-16-2012, 03:22 AM
Is that cable attached to him enough to keep him alive in case something goes wrong?

Badams
06-16-2012, 03:25 AM
Yes. The sponsers made him wear it. Holy hell...he's into the mist. Goodluck to him!

numbers123
06-16-2012, 03:30 AM
My husband has it on right now. I want to smack the commentators. They are just filling dead time and trying to make it more suspenseful. STFU :rolleyes:

Badams
06-16-2012, 03:31 AM
It's amazing, seeing him up there so tiny compared to those falls.

Badams
06-16-2012, 03:47 AM
Yay! He did it!

Lacey
06-16-2012, 03:49 AM
We were at a circus where small circus performer kids fell and were paralyzed. Our youngest was about six and fortunately couldn't figure everything out.

HeatherC
06-16-2012, 03:49 AM
Oh my God that was stressful! I was just at the falls in May and just standing NEAR the horseshoe part was powerful and overwhelming! What an amazing (and maybe slightly stupid :lol: ) accomplishment. Good job buddy and thanks for not falling!! ;) :cheer:

Dragonlady
06-16-2012, 03:56 AM
Remarkable! He made it look so easy.

Gazpacho
06-16-2012, 04:40 AM
We were at a circus where small circus performer kids fell and were paralyzed. Our youngest was about six and fortunately couldn't figure everything out.:( Were they permanently paralyzed?

This is awful to say, but I didn't watch the Niagara walk but probably would have watched if it had been untethered. With the tether, the only thing on the line (pardon the pun) is his reputation.

For the record, I am VERY VERY GLAD that he was required to wear the tether. I am also very impressed that he can walk a rope like that with the wind and water in the background.

But there's something about Philippe Petit's clandestine not-made-for-TV stunt that makes me like Petit more than Wallenda.

Sally1214
06-16-2012, 05:52 AM
That made for intense viewing. But, wow, he really did make it look easy. With all the water on the wire when he was in the "wet zone," I can't imagine how he had any traction on the wire at all. I think that was the part where he was doing the most praying, right?

Very happy that he was successful and made his dream come true. :cheer2:

Oh, and I was glad that ABC made him wear the harness .. it would have been just too awful if he had fallen to his death in front of his wife and children.

BigB08822
06-16-2012, 06:13 AM
Not that I ever wanted him to fall but what is the point of doing this if he is wearing a wire? It just doesn't make sense. It feels like airing the practice runthroughs at the Olympics only and then doing the competition in secret. When they decided to make him wear a wire they should have decided this wasn't worth putting on television at all. They should have done it on a tape delay so they could cut out if something went wrong.

Gazpacho
06-16-2012, 06:56 AM
That made for intense viewing. But, wow, he really did make it look easy. With all the water on the wire when he was in the "wet zone," I can't imagine how he had any traction on the wire at all. I think that was the part where he was doing the most praying, rightHis shoes were specially designed to give more traction on wet wire.


When they decided to make him wear a wire they should have decided this wasn't worth putting on television at all. They should have done it on a tape delay so they could cut out if something went wrong.Part of me was actually hoping he'd slip--with the tether of course--so people wouldn't be tempted to copycat him without a tether.

This (http://youtu.be/mAZppPSbxxs) isn't the documentary that won the Oscar, but it is a very interesting clip about Philippe Petit's World Trade Center tightrope walk.

duane
06-16-2012, 07:20 AM
This is awful to say, but I didn't watch the Niagara walk but probably would have watched if it had been untethered. With the tether, the only thing on the line (pardon the pun) is his reputation.

But there's something about Philippe Petit's clandestine not-made-for-TV stunt that makes me like Petit more than Wallenda.
I think Karl Wallenda is turning in his grave. Death-defying acts are what made the Wallendas, and being tethered isn't death-defying.

vesperholly
06-16-2012, 08:40 AM
It was either go across tethered or don't go at all.

Stormy
06-16-2012, 02:14 PM
It was either go across tethered or don't go at all.

I'm glad it was that way. What if he really had fallen? Do however many millions of people watching REALLY want to see someone fall to their death? WTF? I'd be traumatized.