18 most desperate daredevils
• 18 most desperate daredevils
Last Sunday, the famous American tightrope walker Nik Wallenda has thrown another challenge fate and went on the Grand Canyon on the metal cable without insurance. About him and the other desperate and brave stuntman - in our selection.
Nick Wallenda, star of the show "Life on the rope", repeatedly mocked the death with their wild passes. Wallenda - acrobat in the seventh generation. In 2012, he went through Niagara Falls. In this photo, he trains on the Ferris wheel.
Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria at the exit of the capsule before its record flight over Roswell, New Mexico, October 14, 2012. Baumgartner jumped from the stratosphere (about 128 km) and reached a maximum speed of 1340 km / hour. He became the first man to overcome the speed of sound in freefall.
The son of a circus artist David "Man-Cannon" Smith - David Smith, Jr. - was preparing to become a lawyer, until his father was injured during a speech and asked to take his place. At present, David "shoot" a cannon more than 5,000 times. He entered the Guinness Book of Records for the longest jump of the gun - 55 meters.
A native of Brooklyn, David Blaine scandalously known for its public performances, including stunt, when he spent 44 days in a transparent box next to the River Thames in London. He also immersed in a bowl of water 2, 4 meters in diameter in front of Lincoln Center in New York for seven days and seven nights.
Steve Tragliya - stunt, which account for many films, including "Saving Private Ryan" and several James Bond films. Steve burned more than two minutes. He also holds the record for the longest immersion in apnea.
BASE jumpers Jeb Corliss is sometimes called a flying man because of his distinctive costume. He jumped from the Eiffel Tower and sietlovskoy Space Needle, but in 2006 it seized the police, before he could jump off the Empire State Building in New York.
The French "Spiderman" Alain Robert is known for his conquest of skyscrapers without insurance. He climbed the Eiffel Tower, the Willis Tower in Chicago and one of the tallest buildings in the world - Taipei 101 in Taiwan.
The Chinese star Jackie Chan - a true legend in terms of stunts, and for comedy, they are no less dangerous. He had already broken the currently almost all the bones, and once even almost killed when he fell from a tree and injured his skull. Jackie Chan entered the Guinness Book of Records as the "living actor with the most performing tricks." They say that no company does not undertake to insure it.
The New Zealand kaskadersha Zoe Bell to perform tricks for Lucy Lawless in "Xena: Warrior Princess," as well as Uma Thurman in "Kill Bill." Tarantino on the set of the movie "Death Proof," she clung to the bumper of the car, traveling at a speed of 136 km / h.
The legendary dynasty of circus artists "Flying Wallenda" began performing in Germany in the 1780s. "Flying Wallenda" zhkrnalist called them when he saw them perform. In 1962, two members of the family were killed and another was left paralyzed when their pyramid of seven people on a rope collapsed.
Robert Craig Nivel has become a legend in the field of tricks on a motorcycle in the 1960s and 70s years. He jumped 19 cars on his Harley-Davidson, setting a record that could not be beat for 27 years. In total, he broke 433 bones, and died in 2007 at the age of 69 from pulmonary embolism. His son-daredevil Robbie Nivel continues his tradition.
Eric Weiss was born in Hungary in 1874, but he was better known under the name Harry Houdini. He has become the greatest magician who specialized in shoots and exemptions. Among his most famous tricks - the release of a water-filled transparent box in which it was lowered upside down in shackles.
Criss Angel - a famous illusionist, magician and stuntman. He walked on the water and flew above the hotel "Luxor" in Las Vegas, and it also drove the rink, when Chris was lying on broken glass.
"Mr. Escape" - Steve Baker - a magician, comedian and magician. In 1967, he performed the trick Houdini: he was hung on a pole on a skyscraper Oakland Tribune Tower in a straitjacket, and it successfully disengaged therefrom.
"The Great Blondin" - French acrobat Jean-Francois Gravel became a legend in the XIX century for his daring tricks on the rope. He has many times crossed the Niagara Falls, including, blindfolded and with a man on the back. He even made himself an omelet on a rope.
Philippe Petit - French tightrope walker street. He became famous in August 1974, when passed through a cable between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Planning trick was just as dangerous as his performance: he was dressed in a suit working secretly brought their equipment to the roof and threw the cable to the other side of the building using a bow and arrow. After that all the accusations about illegal stunt to Petit were removed.
A native of Queens, George Willig climbed the World Trade Center south tower in 1977, less than three years after Philippe Petit walked between the towers of the cable. The Mayor Abe Beam punished him with a fine of one cent for each floor of the building - all the fine was $ 1.10.
Kinokaskader Gift Allen Robinson became a legend for the execution of the most daring jumps into Hollywood films. His trick on 67-meter hotel "Atlanta" for the movie "Sharky's Machine" with Burt Reynolds in the title role is still the champion. He also jumped from the edge of the Grand Canyon by car, and then ejected safely. Gift Allen died while performing a simple trick when his motorcycle was not able to turn, and he moved out from the cliff.