P.T barnum and bailey unicycling tightrope arcoss niagra falls



I grew up 20 minutes from Niargara Falls (Buffalo, NY).

There is a cool Museum, highlighting the exploits of folks who went over
the falls/did silly stunts above the falls.

While there have been folks who tight-rope walked over PARTS of the
rocky outcrops, I can't recall seeing any stuff about aomeone unicycling
over it, but I haven't been to the Museum in a few years.

Something to consider...The gorge is about half a mile across (US to
Canadian Side)!

Hope this helps,


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Unicycles have often been ridden on tightropes.

Parts of the Gorge have sometimes been walked across by tightrope.

I think you may have conflated the two ideas.

To ride a unicycle on a tightrope, you need to remove the tyre and tube
so that the wheel rim fits over the rope.

To set up a tightrope over a very wide span (e.g. Niagara falls Gorge)
you need numerous guy ropes and parallel rops and stuff. A tightrope
needs to be under tension (hence "tight" rope") but will never be
anything like perfectly straight or rigid after a certain length. The
guy ropes and so onare there to hold the majn rope more or less straight
and still for the performer.

I wonder whether the joints/knots/splices would be an obstacle for the

Certainly, I wouldn't try it.

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Not sure about the uni over Niagra, but P.T Barnum and Bailey's circus
may have started "like 100 years ago", as you say, but it is still going
strong. It tours the U.S. every year still. Not that I'm into that
sort of thing. I'm a much bigger fan of Cirque Du Soleil.

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There was a tightwire act over Niagara Falls MANY years ago, maybe in
the 1940s or so. The guy made it look too easy, walking backwards,
2-high, I think bicycle, maybe unicycle. But because he made it look
too easy, people lost interest.

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BIRD'S-EYE TOUR: Conclusion & Ordering Information - ... Charles
Blondin was once the greatest tightwire artist in the world. A plaque
down the river from Niagara Falls memorializes his feat of crossing the
gorge ...
circus -- Encyclopædia Britannica - ... acrobat J. Léotard (1838–70),
and Charles Blondin's crossings of Niagara Falls on a ... A misstep on
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acrobatics -- Encyclopædia Britannica - ... trapeze by J. Léotard, as
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Discourse: Dongshan and Shenshan Cross the River - ... If you want to
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Welcome to my game. Since you are playing this game, I can tell ... -
... When you open your eyes, you wish you hadn't. You now find yourself
on a swaying tightwire, a hundred meters over Niagara Falls (the
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