Erendira Wallenda hangs by her teeth from helicopter over Niagara Falls

The 36-year-old successfully pulled off the stunt on Thursday - five years to the day that her daredevil husband Nik Wallenda walked a tight rope over the falls. Wallenda will hang from a lyra, or a hula-hoop shaped ring, from a helicopter hovering 300 feet over Horseshoe Falls.

"I'm actually using all the muscles in my jaw to keep me up there", she said. "It's fantastic that she will be hanging by her teeth by a helicopter".

It was set by her husband, fellow daredevil Nik Wallenda, in 2011, when he hung over Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri.

Or at least that's what we assume, because a bunch of news outlets are reporting on her only as "the wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda".

"This is our goal and my family, through seven generations over 200 years has lived by three words", said Wallenda.

In a press conference after Erendira's successful stunt, Nik confirmed that despite suffering injuries, the five performers are already training or performing again. While she sat in the hoop, the helicopter returned to the roof of the garage of the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. She began her act about 8:40 a.m. Erendira was filmed by media outlets from around the globe.

Niagara Falls is a place beloved by newlyweds and vacationing families. "I was nervous for her", said Ania Desmarais, of CT.

In the interim, he said, he hoped more people would come visit the area as a result of the publicity afforded his wife's stunt.

"I respect this man so much more because it was way more windy than I thought it would be", she said. In 1978, Nik Wallenda's great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, fell to his death at age 73 as he tried to walk on a wire between two hotel towers in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

"It was awesome", said Romano.

  • Salvatore Jensen