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Old 06-18-2012, 01:37 PM   #31
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So, for those of you who watched this, was it worth it? The pre-show and all the hours of broadcasting devoted to this event?

I suppose the French "spiderman" guy who scales buildings without media blitzing will never get signed on for a special on American TV because he's, well, French. ??
It was kind of just on but I was doing other things at the same time. As others have mentioned, as soon as I found out he was tethered to the line, I lost all interest. It went from risking life to risking what? Embarrasment at worst?

To me it was the same as if he stretched that wire out for 1500 feet one inch from the ground.

And he was not only talking to the broadcast crew, there was quite a bit of chatter with Jesus as well, although we only heard his side of those conversations.

It was a total snooze-fest.
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:48 PM   #32
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Here, for all of you disappointed fans, you can relieve a Wallenda falling to his death here:


Karl Wallenda's last walk (Fell To Death) Nik Wallendas Grandfather In
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And anyone who thinks that doing what Nik did is the same as doing it one foot off the ground as opposed to over the falls, with the changing wind, wetness, etc. has no clue about what they are talking about. Karl died in a crossing that should have been a walk in the park for him. And then the winds gusted...
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:19 PM   #33
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He should have taken off the harness, quoted that line from Gladiator "Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?" and then jumped.

People really shouldn't have to risk their lives for our entertainment.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:44 PM   #34
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People really shouldn't have to risk their lives for our entertainment.
They don't have to.
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:37 PM   #35
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Karl died in a crossing that should have been a walk in the park for him. And then the winds gusted...
Perhaps Karl was talking to the wrong God.
Or Jesus simply likes Nik more than Karl.

On "The View" this morning, Elisabeth Hasselbeck said that, because Nik was talking to Jesus during the stunt, that he was actually SAFER than anybody else who might be crossing a street or driving to the store.
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:07 PM   #36
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Here, for all of you disappointed fans, you can relieve a Wallenda falling to his death here:


Karl Wallenda's last walk (Fell To Death) Nik Wallendas Grandfather In
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And anyone who thinks that doing what Nik did is the same as doing it one foot off the ground as opposed to over the falls, with the changing wind, wetness, etc. has no clue about what they are talking about. Karl died in a crossing that should have been a walk in the park for him. And then the winds gusted...
I never made reference to how difficult this was or the training and nerves of steel that were required to accomplish what he did. And I certainly didn't want to see him fall to his death.

I was speaking as a viewer. My reference to him doing this an inch above the ground referred to how suspenseful this was watching once I heard he was tethered.

Without the risk this was no longer edge-of-your-seat, compelling TV (to me). No risk = no suspense, despite all of the faux drama ABC poured on. In other words, it no longer made a difference whether he was suspended over Niagara Falls or a few feet above a mattress, even under the same conditions (wind, water, etc).
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:33 PM   #37
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On "The View" this morning, Elisabeth Hasselbeck said that...
...and...you lost me.




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Old 06-19-2012, 09:39 PM   #38
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watched part of it at faster than realtime, but even then it was boring... skipped the rest of it..

but how did the harness go over the weight ropes? I couldn't tell that.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:06 AM   #39
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My sister interviewed Nick Wallenda. He said that his family feels that a harness makes it more likely they will fall because when they don't have a harness they know they must not fall under any circumstance.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:16 AM   #40
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Why don't they just broadcast with a good delay of ten/twenty seconds? He gets to walk without, and home audience is saved from seeing a death. (yes, I know it's over, but it seems like it would have been a decent compromise.)
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:56 PM   #41
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The home audience is saved, but there's still the thousands of people who were there to see it in person.
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:21 PM   #42
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The home audience is saved, but there's still the thousands of people who were there to see it in person.
That's not ABC's problem, though.
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:26 PM   #43
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That's not ABC's problem, though.
True. But I imagine that whoever was responsible for granting the permit would have considered it.
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True. But I imagine that whoever was responsible for granting the permit would have considered it.
Probably so, but my understanding is that everyone else involved was OK with a harness-free crossing - only ABC required it.
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Whole craploads of people go see Nascar. Or the circus. Or Cirque du Soleil. Or watch Jersey Shore.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:52 PM   #46
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If you're referring to danger, Cirque du Soleil has used (discreet) safety harnesses for years.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:15 PM   #47
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If you're referring to danger, Cirque du Soleil has used (discreet) safety harnesses for years.
I've never seen it. I was assuming.

There's danger in any live performance, really. I knew a kid who almost stabbed himself to death falling on a bottle in one of my college productions.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:58 PM   #48
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Why don't they just broadcast with a good delay of ten/twenty seconds? He gets to walk without, and home audience is saved from seeing a death. (yes, I know it's over, but it seems like it would have been a decent compromise.)
Sounds like a win-win.
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