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BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A daredevil who temps fate walking at great heights without a safety net has his sights set on Baltimore City.

Jessica Kartalija has the details on this high-flying stunt.

He comes from a long line of extraordinary stunt performers.  Now, Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation member of the Flying Wallenda Family wants to shock Charm City with another incredible stunt.

He says he will walk over the Inner Harbor, literally.

“That’s like, so cool,” said Federal Hill resident Adam Pashkevich.

Wallenda’s tightrope walk over the Inner Harbor will start at the new Ripley’s Believe It Or Not “Odditorium” and will end on a crane 300 feet into the water.  He will perform the stunt without a safety net or harness.

“I think it’s awesome daredevils are making a comeback,” said Mark Pashkevich. “Evil Knieval is from when we are kids and you don’t see it again anymore.  I’m totally stoked.”

Wallenda’s Inner Harbor walk on May 9 comes one month before he plans to cross a tightrope over Niagara Falls.

“We look at life totally differently,” said Nik Wallenda. “At 6 years old I remember thinking ‘Man, I’d like to be the first person to ever do that.’”

Wallenda holds five Guinness World Records.

The walk should take 15 to 20 minutes and will begin at 5:15 p.m. on May 9.

Several of Wallenda’s family members have died while performing. Wallenda’s great grandfather, Karl, was a tight rope walker who fell to his death in 1978.

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