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Oct 13, 3:06 AM EDT

Florida tightrope walker practicing for next stunt


SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- A member of a famed acrobat family has kicked off his three-week practice schedule in preparation for his next televised tightrope walk in Chicago.

The Sarasota Herald Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1uGX23n ) on Nov. 2, Nik Wallenda will walk from one of two Marina Towers buildings in downtown Chicago, then travel more than two city blocks across the Chicago River on an uphill 15-degree angle to the Leo Burnett Building.

Then Wallenda will walk on the tightrope, blindfolded, to the other Marina Towers building. The walk will be televised at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 on the Discovery Channel. The blindfold idea came to Wallenda when he had Lasik eye surgery.

Wallenda is part of the Sarasota acrobat family, "The Flying Wallendas," famed for aerial feats and tightrope walking without a safety net.

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