Erendira Wallenda flies over Niagara Falls

Lawrence Kim
June 19, 2017

Erendira embarked today on the stunt today on the fifth anniversary of husband Nik's successful tightrope walk across Niagara Falls.

The aerialist performed a series of maneuvers Thursday morning including hanging from her teeth, toes and knees all while on a hoop suspended from the helicopter. While the plan was to hang from her teeth only once for about 15 seconds, she said she felt so good that she opted to repeat the move for about 10 seconds. She hung twice by her teeth with the use of a mouth guard. The city and Niagara County Legislature each committed $35,000 to the stunt with the goal of boosting tourism.

The mom of three took off for the falls just after 8:30 a.m. and was soon putting on her aerial performance in a suspended hoop above the mist.

Some observers who watched Wallenda's stunt from the ground called it an exciting event.

She sat on a lyra, or ring, as the helicopter departed from atop the Seneca Niagara Casino parking garage.

Her husband, Nik, said Erendira's mental trip during the performance brought something immediately to mind. Onlookers were as impressed as they were anxious about the whole stunt, as he set a new record for the "iron-jaw hang".

"A little more windy than I expected", the aerialist said of the stunt. She says it all started when she was two-years-old and began training.

Wallenda comes from a family of stunt artists and world record chasers. "That's incredible. That's awesome, '" he said.

Enerdira did make history - breaking the record by 100ft - a record formerly held by her husband, Nik.

The couple has strong toothpaste - and a "very understanding dentist", Nik Wallenda said.

"I have not seen anything like that and honestly don't know if they even exist at this point", Tompkins said.

Five members of the Wallenda circus troupe fell from a high wire in Sarasota, Fla., in February while practising an eight-person pyramid.

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