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Nik Wallenda's wife to dangle over Niagara Falls by her teeth in stunt

The wife of trapeze artist Nik Wallenda is slated to perform a stunt over Niagara Falls in June.

Erendira Vasquez Wallenda is planning on dangling by her teeth from a helicopter as if flies over Niagara Falls. The date of the stunt is scheduled for June 15, the fifth anniversary of her husband’s televised 1,800-foot tightrope walk from the New York side of Niagara Falls into Canada.

The Niagara County Legislature unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday approving $35,000 be set aside for the stunt. The money will be taken from the Bridge Commission fund, according to Democrat and Chronicle.

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“Nik Wallenda’s 2012 walk captured a billion people around the world’s imagination, and moreover, generated an economic impact estimated at $21.5 million, with $3.3 million in direct revenues to the City of Niagara Falls,” said Majority Leader Randy R. Brandt. “We want to recapture that energy for our local economy.”

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In February, five members of the Wallenda circus troupe plunged off a tightrope while practicing an eight-person pyramid in Florida. Nik Wallenda avoided falling by grabbing a wire. Everyone survived the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.