Top Daredevil Stunts

Click through to see photos of humans performing death-defying stunts.

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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)
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In this photo provided by the Discovery Channel, aerialist <a href="/entertainment/entertainment-news/Nik-Wallenda-Grand-Canyon-Tight--Rope-Walk-Little-Colorado-River-Discovery-212665641.html" target="_blank">Nik Wallenda walks a 2-inch-thick steel cable</a> taking him a quarter mile over the Little Colorado River Gorge, Ariz. on June 23, 2013. The daredevil successfully traversed the tightrope strung 1,500 feet above the chasm near the Grand Canyon in just more than 22 minutes. <i>Click through to see more photos of other people performing death-defying stunts.</i>
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U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad walks ashore becoming the <a href="/news/national-international/Endurance-Swimmer-Diana-Nyad-Made-It-Through-First-Night-of-Her-Cuba-to-Florida-Swim-222002271.html" target="_blank">first person to swim from Cuba to Florida</a> without the help of a shark cage. The long distance swimmer struggles to walk ashore in Key West, Fla. on Sept 2, 2013 after swimming from Cuba. Looking dazed and sunburned, Nyad arrived at the beach about 53 hours after she began her swim in Havana.
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This image provided by Red Bull Stratos shows pilot <a href="/news/national-international/NATL-Skydiver-Hopes-to-Break-Sound-Barrier-on-Sunday-174090371.html" target="_blank">Felix Baumgartner of Austria as he jumps out of the capsule</a> during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos on Oct. 14, 2012. In a giant leap from more than 24 miles up, Baumgartner shattered the sound barrier while making the highest jump ever from a tumbling, death-defying plunge from a balloon to a safe landing in the New Mexico desert.
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<a href="http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/weird/NY-Times-Spiderman-Scales-Hong-Kong-Skyscraper.html" target="_blank">Alain Robert</a>, nicknamed the "French Spiderman," climbs the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Tower, watched by a crowd of 100,000 onlookers, on February 23, 2007 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. At approximately 448 metres high, The ADIA building, headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Investment Company (ADIC), is one of the tallest buildings in the world.
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In this Aug. 7, 1974 file photo, <a href="http://www.nbcnewyork.com/the-scene/archives/Philippe-Petit-Plans-New-NYC-Wire-Walk-for-Fall.html" target="_blank">Philippe Petit,</a> a French high wire artist, walks across a tightrope suspended between the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York. Philippe Petit starred in the Oscar-winning 2008 documentary "Man on a Wire," directed by James Marsh.
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Three athletes, from right, U.S. runner Charlie Engle, 44, Canada's Ray Zahab, 38 and Kevin Lin, 30, of Taiwan, are seen here running during day 109 of their 111-day Sahara desert journey, northwest of Cairo, Egypt, on Feb. 17, 2007. For the previous 111 days, the three ultra-endurance athletes, an American, a Canadian and a Taiwanese, have been striving for a goal most people could only describe as insane: Running the equivalent of two marathons a day to be the first modern runners to cross the Sahara Desert's grueling 4,000 miles.
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Hungarian-born American magician, escape artist, and psychic debunker Harry Houdini (1874 - 1926) wears a straitjacket and hangs from a beam as he performs one of his popular escape acts.
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In this photo taken on Dec. 21, 2011, provided by the Kaspersky ONE Trans-antarctic Expedition, Felicity Aston poses for a photo at a marker at the South Pole in Antarctica. Aston arrived to her final destination, Hercules Inlet, on Jan. 23, 2012 after a 59-day trip across 1,084 miles, making her the first woman to traverse Antarctica alone and on her own power. Aston counted on two supply drops along the way, however, to lighten her two sleds.
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View from the camera mounted on Jeb Corliss' waist as he attempts to fly through a 2-foot-wide waterfall on June 7, 2011 in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. Hurtling through the air at 85 miles an hour, daredevil adventurer Corliss became the first man to fly through a waterfall wearing a wingsuit. Flying through an exit point called "The Ultimate" in the mountainous region of Lauterbrunnen in the Swiss Alps, 35-year old Corliss flew within five feet of the 2000 foot sheer cliff wall. One year in the planning, Corliss practiced the flight eight times before nailing it on the ninth attempt.
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This is a photo released by Push Pictures showing British explorer and endurance swimmer Lewis Gordon Pugh in the waters of the North Pole on July 15, 2007. Pugh took to the freezing waters in just his Speedo swimming briefs, cap and goggles to highlight the devastating impact of climate change on the natural world. It took him 18 minutes and 50 seconds to swim 0.6 miles in in waters created by melted sea ice at temperatures of minus 29F.
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In this photo released by Martin Strel's Archive, Slovenian Martin Strel, swims in the Amazon river in Peru on Feb. 11, 2007. Strel began a 70-day swim tour on Feb. 1, 2007 at the source of the Amazon river in Atalaya, Peru and followed the river until its delta in the Atlantic Ocean north of Belem, Brazil. Strel, a former Guinness record swimmer, dedicated the swim to the preservation of the rainforest and to raise awareness for Alzheimer's disease. Strel swam the length of some of the longest rivers in the world, including the Mississippi and the Danube and drank two bottles of wine a day to unwind after a stressful swim.
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Jordan Romero poses at the Carstensz Pyramid summit, Oceania's highest peak at 16,024 feet, making Jordan the youngest person to summit. Romero, a 13-year-old American boy became the youngest climber to reach the top of Mount Everest. A spokesman for Romero says the boy's team called by satellite phone from the summit of the world's highest peak on Saturday, May 22, 2010.
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Daredevil Robbie "Kaptain" Knievel jumped over 24 delivery trucks, his longest gap ever of 200 feet, at Kings Island amusement park on May 24, 2008 in Mason, Ohio. Thirty-three years ago, on Oct. 25, 1975, Robbie's father, Evel Knievel made history when he successfully jumped 14 buses at Kings Island. A crowd of more than 40,000 people witnessed the jump.
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In this Nov. 16, 1959, file photo, provided by the U.S. Air Force, Capt. Joseph Kittinger Jr. waits in the open balloon gondola, right, while the two million cubic-foot polyethylene balloons are filled with helium for the Excelsior I test jump at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. In the desert surrounding Roswell, N.M., on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner broke Kittinger's world record for the highest and fastest free fall. Baumgartner jumped from 128,100 feet, or about 24 miles, for the highest skydive more than four miles higher than Kittinger's jump in 1960, which was from 102,800 feet or 19.5 miles. He broke the sound barrier and more, achieving Mach 1.24.
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No daredevil round-up is complete without mentioning American stunt artist Evel Knievel. Here, Knievel soars on his motorcycle on May 26, 1975 against high winds over a row of 13 parked buses, as the stadium audience watches, during a stunt at Wembley Stadium, London, England. Knievel crashed the landing and suffered injuries to his spine and his hand. He attempted over 75 ramp-to-ramp jumps during his career and suffered over 433 broken bones, a <a href="http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/atm-object.html" target="_blank">record</a> that made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records.
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