It takes serious courage and -- quite possibly -- brain circuitry that helps you ignore fear to even consider attempting a stunt like dangling above the tallest waterfalls in the world by your teeth and toes, but that didn't stop Erendira Wallenda. The daredevil trapeze artist remarkably pulled off the death-defying feat over Niagara Falls on Thursday morning, all the while being broadcast live in a series of videos and photos that quickly went viral on social media.
"It felt amazing," she said in a press conference this morning after the stunt that left her dangling hundreds of feet above the crashing falls from a small helicopter for 10 minutes. "It was a little more windy than I expected it to be, but then I just put myself back in my backyard where I train all the time."
Her resolve to complete the performance was such that she did it twice while she was up there: "I felt good enough to where I was able to hang by my teeth a second time." She wore a custom-made mouthpiece in order to complete the stunt and, per New York State labor law, was tethered to the helicopter while performing it.