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March 22, 2013

Wallenda returns: Daredevil talks of new book and Falls site update

Niagara Gazette —

Aerialist Nik Wallenda returned to Niagara Falls on Friday and gave his word, once again, that his plans for a Falls performance area are still in the works.

The daredevil, who left the city so triumphantly last June after crossing the Niagara Gorge on a two-inch wire, held a press conference on Friday to talk about several things, including his new book, his upcoming walk over the Grand Canyon on June 23 and the probability of some sort of tented site being erected in the city where he will be able to perform on a regular basis.

The press conference, held at the visitor's center near the falls in the state park, attracted a throng of local media. Wallenda was introduced by state Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, who called Wallenda "The best PR person the city of Niagara Falls has in the entire world."  

Maziarz — known to be one of the politicians responsible for clearing the path of red tape to make Wallenda's walk possible after local developer Roger Trevino approached the aerialist about coming to the city — cited a national morning news show appearance by the daredevil this Monday in which half of the interview was about his Niagara Falls feat. 

Maziarz announced that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state parks Commissioner Rose Harvey have approved a monument to be created in the park at the site where Wallenda made his historic walk. He said it will likely to be a stone with a plaque and a piece of the actual wire used in the feat.

Wallenda, in town to accept an "Visionary" award, to hence be named in his honor, from the Niagara USA Chamber, took the microphone and announced his new book was making its debut on June 6. It will be titled "Balance: A Story of Faith, Family and Life on the Line." The front cover shows Wallenda on a wire over the gorge.

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