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Where this walk ranks among his greatest hits? A diplomatic dodge: “I’ll always remember this walk because of the crowd that turned up, that beautiful boardwalk and the sand.”

His faith in the 90 or so helpers, most of them Tropicana employees weighing down support ropes to keep his high wire tight: Unwavering.

The same couldn’t be said, exactly, for their faith in him. After he gave them instructions on their task, he asked if there were any questions.

Just one man shouted out a query: “Are you nuts?”

Wallenda didn’t answer that one.


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