Gotta Watch: Tightrope stunts
A Chinese man attempts to cross a high-wire suspended between two hot air balloons.
August 8th, 2011
10:20 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Tightrope stunts

It’s a thin line between life and death in these daring stunts. Maybe it’s the adrenaline that motivates these daredevils, or perhaps it’s just a goal they must conquer.  A Chinese man was the latest to join the high-flying league on Saturday. You’ve gotta watch these stuntmen teeter sky high on their tiny tightropes across buildings, hot air balloons and the twin towers.

Tightrope walker falls – A Chinese man walks a steel line suspended between two hot air balloons, when he loses his balance. Watch what happens next.

A daring legacy - Nik Wallenda attempts a stunt that killed his great-grandfather in 1978 by trying to walk a tightrope between two Puerto Rican hotel towers. High-wire walking may be in his blood, as his heritage includes generations of daredevils.

Teetering between the twin towers – It was his mission and obsession. After other high-profile stunts, Philippe Petit had his sights set on walking a wire between the World Trade Center Towers. He and his team had to sneak wire into the towers to set up for the stunt.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    I COULD DO THAT... and juggle at the same time...

    August 8, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Canadian Genius

    As long as they don't land on me, or anyone I care about, go for it.

    August 8, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. NFeKPo

    Bah. I once worked through a community filled with minorities.

    August 8, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • bridgmjm

      Now that's scary!

      August 8, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Really?

    He had a safety wire attached to the rope (Yelling)!!!!! He wouldn't have died if he fell completely off. He would have hung there like my D****. Reporters are so stupid.

    August 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sparky

      Exactly what I was thinking. I was amazed that no one seemed to point hat out. Honestly, I know at least 10 people who wouldn't blink an eye at trying this as long as they had a tether. And they wouldn't need a balancing pole. A quick search for "slackline" will turn up some truly scary traverse videos.

      August 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RRMON

    "To run where the brave dare not go, this is my quest to follow my heart" Don Quixote

    August 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Well......

    After they've preformed these daring stunts what have they done to improve society?

    August 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neal

      and what did your post do to improve society?

      August 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • trp48

      I think Congress is working on a Tightrope Tax that will somehow benefit them..........I mean society.

      August 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      About as much as you've done making your post.

      June 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzzz's Mother

    With out a net, better still ! I've been hearing about this bush/Carylee thing from my daughter and the whole saga * SHOULD* in my opinion be made into a movie! IS the Bush clan descendants of the devil? Hmmm
    My poor little girl hasn't a clue how much fun I'm having while she's sleeping. LMOA is it, any way...it's like I'm the kid, He He and I don't care if I stole that (he he) anymore Philip...:)

    August 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
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    August 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
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