A daredevil tightrope walker shunned modern safety mechanisms such as safety nets, wires or harnesses as he walked across a 454-foot gap between two skyscrapers in Chicago – with TV channels adding a 10-second ‘death delay’ to broadcasts so they could cut away quickly if he fell to his death.

Nik Wallenda, 35, wore a blindfold for one section of his walk from the 587-foot Marina City towers, and crowds in the streets below erupted with cheers after he stepped from the wire and tore the blindfold off.

It took him about six and a half minutes to walk the 454ft-stretch at a 19-degree incline from the Marina City west tower to the top of a building on the other side of a river.

‘That cable looked like it was going straight up,’ said Mr Wallenda. ‘I feel incredible!’

Residents of Marina City had been asked not to use laser pointers, camera flashes or drones that could cause a fatal distraction.

Mr Wallenda comes from a family of famous tightrope walkers.

A year before Mr Wallenda was born, his great-grandfather fell to his death during a tightrope stunt in Puerto Rico. He was 73… see more

source: metro UK