Video Of The Week - Acrobat's Heart-Stopping High-Wire Act

By Meera Dolasia on August 15, 2011

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On August 6th, Chinese high-wire artist Saimaiti Aishan earned himself a fourth Guinness World Record when he walked a distance of 15 feet on a tightrope that was attached precariously to two hot air balloons suspended 100 feet above the ground.

The event, which took place in Shaoyang,Central Hunan was witnessed by hundreds of spectators and also, broadcast live on television. Except for one heart-stopping moment when the 27-year-old acrobat was forced to sit on the rope to regain his balance, the five-minute walk went fairly smoothly.

While most people would be happy with this amazing achievement, Saimaita was not satisfied. The same afternoon, the acrobat made another attempt for the record books - This time from a higher altitude of 100 meters (328 feet). However, he was not as successful - Two minutes into it, he lost his balance and fell off the wire - Luckily, he was attached to a safety harness and the balloons were quickly lowered, allowing him to land on the ground safely. However, we have a feeling this little mishap is not enough to discourage this daredevil - He will be back soon performing his high wire act from even loftier heights!

Resources: telegraph.co.uk, sportsillustrated.cnn.com

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  • Allyson9/2/2011
    That soooo scary. Did he get hurt. did he fall off
    • wayne9/2/2011
      $COOL$ TRICK!
      • madeline9/2/2011
        This guy is either brave or a little crazy!
        • wyatt9/2/2011
          awsome
          • Azjure'9/2/2011
            That was so awesome I hope he's okay!
            • justin9/2/2011
              if i falled off that i will be scare.
              • gabe9/2/2011
                im so funy.
                • sandy9/2/2011
                  it scard me but is cool
                  • gerbil9/3/2011
                    amazing!
                    • sup9/5/2011
                      scary

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