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Nik Wallenda will string a wire across pretty much anything and walk across it

  • IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS - Nik Wallenda nears the completion of his 1400 foot walk across the Grand Canyon for Discovery Channel's Skywire Live With Nik Wallenda on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at the Grand Canyon, Calif. (Tiffany Brown/AP Images for Discovery Communications)DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS2013

  • Daredevil Nik Wallenda crosses a tightrope 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River Gorge, Ariz., on Sunday, June 23, 2013, on the Navajo Nation outside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park. Wallenda completed the tightrope walk that took him a quarter mile over the gorge in just more than 22 minutes. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)THE ASSOCIATED PRESS2013

  • IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS - Preacher Joel Osteen, left, leads prayer with Nik and Erendira Wallenda ahead of Nik's 1400 foot walk across the Grand Canyon for Discovery Channel's Skywire Live With Nik Wallenda on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at the Grand Canyon, Calif. (Tiffany Brown/AP Images for Discovery Communications)

  • Daredevil Nik Wallenda crosses a tightrope 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River Gorge, Ariz., on Sunday, June 23, 2013, on the Navajo Nation outside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park. Wallenda completed the tightrope walk that took him a quarter mile across the gorge in just more than 22 minutes. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)AP2013

  • IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS - Nik Wallenda, left, embraces his wife, Erendira, after completing his 1500 foot high walk across the Grand Canyon for Discovery Channel's Skywire Live With Nik Wallenda, Sunday, June 23, 2013 at the Grand Canyon, Calif. (Tiffany Brown/AP Images for Discovery Communications)DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS2013

High wire pro Nik Wallenda made history in June when he walked down a wire strung across the Grand Canyon -- without a net. Watched live by over 13 million people, his feat became the highest rated show ever on the Discovery Channel. FOX411 caught up with Wallenda and asked him about the death-defying stunt, his faith, and what he wants to string his wire to next.

FOX411: Has the popularity of the show sunk in yet? What do you think made it so special?

Nik Wallenda: Not really, it is amazing that 13 million people tuned in to watch and 1.5 million  tweets went out about the show! I think what I do is so hard for people to understand that they are intrigued!

FOX411: What was the scariest moment on the walk, bar none?

Wallenda: There wasn't really a scary moment for me, I've been walking on the wire since I was two years old and had been heavily training leading up to this walk. The winds were a little unpredictable but I trained in 90 mile-an-hour winds in Sarasota so I was prepared.

FOX411: You were talking to God – do you think God was helping?

Wallenda: I'm always careful when I answer this question because I want people to understand where I am coming from. My faith in God is my life and defines who I am. When I talk with God in prayer on that wire, He brings me peace in the face of the challenges that arise. Many people look at it as testing God, but I disagree. I am not saying that God holds me on that cable. I believe that God gave me the talent to walk the wire, but it is up to me to practice extensively, design proper rigging, review the set-up and make decisions for my walks based on that.

FOX411: Do you  ever think, why am I doing this? The world needs good accountants too!

Wallenda: Not really, this has been in my family for 7 generations and over 200 years. It's my passion. It is so normal to me to walk a wire that I could reverse the question and ask, "Why don't you walk the wire?"

FOX411: Because we're scared to. If the NYC wire walk you've been talking about doesn’t happen – do you have a back-up in mind?

Wallenda: There are a ton of places - both cities and countries. When I look for a location for a wire walk, I picture the post card, something visually amazing, and it becomes my dream for a walk. I think a walk in NYC would be incredible, and I actually have a few ideas for locations. We'll work with NYC officials to do everything by the book. The motto I live by is never give up, and I won't!

FOX411: Is there a walk you have considered and then thought better of because it’s just too dangerous?

Wallenda: I'm going to say, "not yet." I'm always looking to raise the bar to another level, but I've done this long enough to know the realities of what is involved in a walk. When I get a dream to do a walk, it's with confidence that I can take on that challenge.

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