By Elisa Sanchez, EnStarz | Jun 15, 2012 04:39 PM EDT
Nik Wallenda, a famous high-wire artist, will attempt to walk across the Niagara Falls Friday evening for the first time in more than 100 years.
ABC will l broadcast the event "Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls Live" today at 8 p.m. ET.
Wallenda, who is the seventh generation of a family of high-wire artists, says this is his dream.
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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 33-year-old man 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.
The walk reportedly cost about $1.2 to $1.3 million, according to the Toronto Star. If he succeeds he will be the first to cross over the brink in more than 100 years.
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