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Nik Wallenda to walk wire above Sarasota Tuesday with no safety net

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Thousands of people are expected to come downtown Sarasota Tuesday to watch daredevil Nik Wallenda walk 180 feet above the concrete on a wire. He'll have no safety wire or net.

"I always say fear is a choice but danger is real and that's something I have to deal with on a daily basis," Wallenda said Monday as his crews set up for his stunt.

Wallenda, who became world famous last summer for his wirewalk across Niagra Falls, has performed a walk similar to this before in his hometown of Sarasota. Yet, he says, there will be new challenges Tuesday.

"The view over the water is just absolutely breathtaking," he said. "Here - I'm fully exposed to the wind. I'm right on the water."

Wallenda trained for heavy winds before: Up to 90 miles an hour for his walk across Niagra Falls.

His walk in Sarasota starts around 11:00 Tuesday morning. He'll carry a 42 foot-long balancing pole that weighs 45 pounds.

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