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You know our fan balance but here's a guy who's -- all the time it's nickel and from the payments while -- family.
And I see not NI -- and I came out and I -- I came that's right what's the -- with the -- I don't know I guess I guess if that's -- parents that question but that.
A long line of what Landis win when people hear the last name which you order -- -- that -- they just automatically say.
Hey are you -- family that -- -- -- on the -- I would say 90% of the time yeah.
And when you say.
I say yeah absolutely and seven generations like him actually started performing in the 1780s.
And for seven generations over in Bohemia in Europe.
Came over from Germany in 1928 -- so did every generation say to the next we don't want you to follow in our footsteps.
You know I don't know if that was the case but I know my parents definitely pushed the other direction there are many reasons of course the risk factor involved.
But it seemed at that time my mom and released a book called the last of the -- and this does seem like our industry was dead he was done.
And we were invited to I would I had planned on going to college I was accepted to colleges neglects to become -- pediatrician.
And we were invited to go back to recreate the -- in Detroit Michigan that fell back in 1962.
And we did we went back and I thought this would be my last about a -- -- And we got there and I remember seeing of course -- passion and love performing but thought I was gonna give it up to take on a career that there was lucrative.
They remember seeing the media from around the world there and all the attention -- said you know what are failing isn't dying it's just changing and I need to take -- -- different direction and that's what -- -- it.
That's very exit on on the screen are a couple of pictures actually been in flashing throughout.
The after the show show and one of those was in Niagara Falls -- -- that like.
That was a dream come true supplement my parents as we toward the country they would bring it every tourist destination in the country and they brought me to Niagara Falls I think was five or six and I remember looking over the edge and saying.
How cool would it be to walk a wire Costner I didn't know the history that they were fourteen other wire walkers that it sought permission there was -- -- in the US that was over a hundred years old bandit.
Can a candidate had laws against it is well.
And down so as I as I progress in my career and I sort of built a name for myself but broke six world records that point -- -- you know what.
I'm gonna seek permission.
And with a lot of hard work and a lot of political help I was able to get that approved and it'd be great for that area was about a 25 billion dollar economic impact that it even awesome.
Well I remember.
What you did it and it you know you emerge from the -- -- in the fog.
But you know and this is kind of -- department but I would imagine with all the humidity and then then the wire with slippery and there that once you've got on there it must have been a lot different than you thought.
Well yes and no really -- -- planned for everything including training with fire trucks hosing me down as I was walking the wire my shoes are actually made by my mom.
And they've been designed over generations but they're actually very -- -- -- leather.
And that actually -- gets -- instead of slippery when the wire gets wet but again everything I prepared for everything that experience a train with strong winds and was prepared for the only thing that was on for -- Or that I didn't really think about was that wire was moving his rig in a way that noted ever -- to wire in the history of wire walking it wasn't stabilized.
And because of that the wire moves.
And I need a focal point something solid to focus on.
And debt as I looked ahead there was swirling mist and I couldn't focus ahead hasn't looked down there were swirling waters and raging -- -- -- could look down so that was.
I can't believe you look down when people be fascinated oh thank you would look dance absolutely I looked down I look around I see my surrounding south and -- my family off to the side and and look towards them and absolutely you're trying to -- in a commercial -- about Heidi you know where you -- -- you tell your kids -- tech's senior I was I was in Pittsburgh -- walked over the Allegheny river -- and they were on the bridge to my right now as I was walking I was about 250 feet up and I look over there about a 150 feet down on the bridge.
And they're downplaying their Nintendo because they could care less you know this instead of -- that's right.
They had done this just how relaxed they are have you -- -- using one of those cameras or have you already I I have absolutely and actually I'm walking over the Grand Canyon live on the Discovery Channel June 23 and I'll actually have.
At least two and one will be my view as well as one street down as a walking.
It's crazy and what what is his studio we're looking that -- here this is me as I was out there this area that I'm actually walking it's about 15100 feet up higher than the Empire State Building.
And it's a distance of about 14100 feet across and taking about thirty minutes to cross in life.
In this location at least be able -- -- In fact that's right ankle that's absolutely right one of the unique things about Niagara Falls to was we were we were doing this live primetime so I had to do it at night.
And there's something about in the night it's -- And dad they lit it up made an amazing job but there are so many things are playing on -- mentally leading up to it that it was it was a huge challenge and so many people watch and part of it is to celebrate human triumph over this incredible odd.
But I would imagine other people -- watching.
Just think -- absolutely yeah of course that's you know human nature times and you know a lot of people watch NASCAR to see the accident not see the winner.
I think this is part of our makeup and of course that's to be expected is there anything you're a freedom I mean we'd all be terrified even that it just -- up to the top -- where you're just I have learned I have a fear of god and I think that's most important one and -- that you -- -- UK.
I do I do rely on my face to keep me calm and peaceful I don't believe that god keeps me on the wire holds me on the wire and anyway I believe God's given the unique ability.
To do something and it's up to -- with her when trained properly for.
Would you ever walk between a couple of skyscrapers in the tapes and doesn't -- any easier any advantage it's a dream absolutely.
Well well it's probably gonna end up -- your list you tell me your best friends with every politician because with the red tape you have to get through to be able that's a wire that's right at it it is welcome to check out the new book it's called balance aptly titled.
And that special will be on June 20 father that's correct -- Great to see you thank you so much could Matthew thank you --
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