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Season 3 Episode 18

High Wire -- The Great Wallendas

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Aired Unknown Jul 19, 1964 on NBC
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High Wire -- The Great Wallendas
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Karl, Herman, Edith, Gunther, Jenny Wallenda, aka The Great Wallendas, a behind-the-scenes look at the family of high-wire circus performers. The program focuses on the aerialist family's struggle to recreate the seven-person pyramid act, which once brought them to the height of their fame and caused the fall in January 1962 in Detroit, Michigan, killing two members of the troupe and permanently crippling one other. At their winter training quarters in Sarasota, Florida, the Wallendas rehearse the act. During one rehearsal, there is an accident and all of the performers are injured. However, they decide to persevere and successfully perform the act on November 20, 1963 in Ft. Worth, Texas. Then they announce they will never repeat the performance.moreless
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