Daredevil tries tightrope walk over Atlantic City

The Associated Press

Published: August 9, 2012 01:17PM
Updated: August 9, 2012 08:00PM
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FILE - In this May 16, 2012 photo, Nik Wallenda performs a walk on a tightrope in the rain during training for his walk over Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, N.Y. For his latest feat, the professional daredevil is going to try to do an unharnessed tightrope walk high above the beach in Atlantic City, N.J. Atlantic City tourism officials are hoping 50,000 or more people show up to watch Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, as Wallenda attempts to traverse a line connecting the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel to the Tropicana Casino & Resort. (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)

Atlantic City, N.J. • Professional daredevil Nik Wallenda has begun an unharnessed tightrope walk high above the beach in Atlantic City.

Thousands of people have gathered to watch the attempt, including boats, a helicopter and two banner planes. Atlantic City tourism officials are hoping 50,000 or more people show up to watch Thursday as Wallenda attempts to traverse a line connecting the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel to the Tropicana Casino & Resort.

His tight rope is 100 feet in the air and 1,300 feet long.

In June, Wallenda wowed the masses when he did a similar stunt 200 feet above Niagara Falls.

He told WCBS radio that the variable winds will be the biggest challenge for his Atlantic City effort, which he called “a very unique walk.”