Wife of Nik Wallenda set for Niagara Falls aerial stunt

Nik Wallenda said his dream was to open a permanent family-friendly facility on the USA side of the falls where people could learn to perform stunts in safety.

Erendira Wallenda was just high enough to avoid the mist and pesky wind currents that come with the fall as she performed an elegant acrobatic routine, weaving in and out of a hula hoop during a routine choreographed to music.

United States media said her stunt set a Guinness World Record for height, breaking a record established by her husband Nik when hanging from his teeth 250 feet (76 meters) above Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri.

Erendira Wallenda, the wife of the famous daredevil, showed him how it’s done on Thursday, besting his world record at the “iron-jaw hang” stunt.

Erendira Wallenda performs a series of acrobatic maneuvers, including hanging by her teeth, while suspended from a helicopter above Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Thursday, June 15, 2017.

“I wanted to stop and go a little bit closer to the audience that I had because that’s what makes you feel alive, you see people smile at you and you’re hopefully inspiring other people”. The Oehler family chose to plan their day around it – celebrating their 21st wedding anniversary by watching Wallenda.

Erendira noted how windy it was before she hopped on board the helicopter.

After dangling for approximately 15 seconds, Erendira said she “felt good” and made a decision to do it again for another 10 seconds. Her husband said he struggled through similar conditions during his 2012 stunt above the falls.

Erendira and Nik Wallenda at press conference before the Niagara Falls stunt.

Wallenda bit onto a customized mouthpiece that was attached to the bottom of a black helicopter hovering over the Horseshoe Falls. She hung twice by her teeth with the use of a mouth guard.

Nik and Erendira have been married for 17 years and have three children. She began her act about 8:40 a.m. Erendira was filmed by media outlets from around the globe.

She said as an artist and as a daredevil, there’s something “almost magical” about the falls. That, and bringing valuable publicity to Niagara Falls, New York.

The $120,000 stunt was jointly sponsored by the city of Niagara Falls, the Niagara County Legislature and the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino. “She hovered over by the helicopter, she practically beat her husband at it”, said Haley Shirley.

“It was awesome”, said Romano.