By Sally Garcia, EnStarz | Jun 14, 2012 11:01 PM EDT
High-wire artist Nik Wallenda will attempt to walk across the Niagara Falls Friday evening, for the first time since 1896.
Wallenda, 33 plans to walk about 1, 804 feet across the falls at 197 feet above the gorge bottom. He plans to string his cable closer to the cataract from the Goat Island lookout on the U.S. side, across the Horseshoe Falls, to a paved terrace below the visitor's centre on the Canadian side, according to his website.
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"This is not a stunt," he says on his website. "This is me performing an art I’ve devoted my life to."
The walk reportedly cost about $1.2 to $1.3 million, according to the Toronto Star.
If he succeds he will be the first to cross over the brink in more than 100 years.
Wallenda is the seventh generation of the legendary Great Wallendas. He set a Guiness world record for the longest distance and greatest height ever traveled by bicycle on a high wire in 2008.
ABC will broadcast the event "Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls Live" Friday at 8 p.m. ET.
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