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Daredevil readies for Niagara Falls tightrope walk

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -- Daredevil Nik Wallenda is setting up shop in Niagara Falls in preparation for his June 15 tightrope walk across the gorge.

Wallenda, of Flying Wallenda fame, will be at the Seneca Niagara Casino on Friday, where his crews are erecting a 1,200-foot practice wire outside. Wallenda says he'll begin twice daily practices on it on Saturday. The public can watch for free.

Wallenda is fresh off a 300-foot walk Wednesday high above Baltimore's Inner Harbor — where he lost his footing but didn't fall.

He expects it will take up to 45 minutes to walk an 1,800-foot tightrope over Niagara Falls, something that's never been done. Previous daredevils going back more than 150 years walked tightropes farther downstream.