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Daredevil Nik Wallenda eyes 400-foot Orlando Eye for next high-flying feat

High-wire performer Nik Wallenda announces his latest stunt at the 400-foot Orlando Eye, during a news conference, in New York, Monday, April 13, 2015. Wallenda says he'll walk untethered on top of an Orlando, Florida observation wheel on April 29. The daredevil has previously crossed Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and the divide between two Chicago skyscrapers.
High-wire performer Nik Wallenda announces his latest stunt at the 400-foot Orlando Eye, during a news conference, in New York, Monday, April 13, 2015. Wallenda says he'll walk untethered on top of an Orlando, Florida observation wheel on April 29. The daredevil has previously crossed Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and the divide between two Chicago skyscrapers. AP

Nik Wallenda will attempt his next feat by walking on the spinning Orlando Eye.

Wallenda, a Manatee County resident, said his next stunt will be April 29 on the 400-foot-tall observation wheel, which isn’t even open until next month.

“When I heard about the Eye, I just had this vision of how cool it could be to tackle it and on top of that, it's just really an amazing structure to behold,” Wallenda said at a New York news conference. “There are so many … moving parts to this walk that I think people are going to enjoy watching it as much as I’m going to enjoy taking part in it.”

The walk involves some of the same skills as wirewalking but is unique, according to Joseph Mascitto, a spokesman for Wallenda.

“It involves some of the same skills as wirewalking, balance and challenging himself but he is not on a cable,” Mascitto said. Orlando “is close to home but one where people all over the work come and vacation in. It is an exciting opportunity. … Nik is always looking for an unique challenge. This is something that is unique. He will be the first one to do this at the Orlando Eye and I imagine the only one."”

As of now, it will not be televised, but if local media record the walk, then it will be shown on TV, Mascitto said.

Wallenda, part of the renowned acrobat family, The Flying Wallendas, will walk a section of the wheel as it is moving and there will be a point where he will be at the very pinnacle to pose for photos.

The grand opening for the Orlando Eye is May 4.

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