News Display: Blondin Crosses Niagara
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 06/01/2017
Uploaded: 07/11/2017
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, News Displays
Tags: Blonde, daring, Niagara, stunt man, Theater

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Description/Abstract: News Display: Blondin Crosses Niagara, Friday, 6/30


On June 30, 1859, Jean-Francois Gravelet (aka Charles Blondin or the "Great Blondin") crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope some 160 feet above the gorge. Blondin's daring act, or "ascension", along the 1,100 foot cable was seen by some 5,000 spectators and led to a series of daring, theatrical performances, inspired by the circus, in other parts of the world. Appealing to the public taste for the morbid through daredevil stunts, Blonde performed even into his seventies, with his last one in Belfast, Ireland in 1896.

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