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Falls, Ont., tourists get firsthand view of Wallenda's 1,800-foot cable

Tourists in Niagara Falls, Ont., crowded the Table Rock viewing area Wednesday to get a look at Nik Wallenda's 1,800-foot cable, which was raised above the Niagara Gorge at about 2 a.m.

Also strung across the gorge were smaller cables that ABC-TV will use to capture close-up views of Wallenda during his wire-walk Friday night. Workers cautioned a quick change in winds Friday could blow the water into Wallenda's face as he crosses, and pose a challenge to keeping TV lenses clear.

But they also have said nighttime water levels will be lower, as more water is regularly diverted at night to power stations on both sides of the gorge.

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Ninth-floor vantage point

The One Niagara tourist center at 360 Rainbow Blvd. will offer viewing areas for those who did not secure a ticket to watch the event at Niagara Falls State Park.

The ninth floor of the glass-encased building will be opened at 7 p.m., and food will be included. Admission is $50, with proceeds to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation. To reserve, call (866) 678-3974.

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National media hype

Wallenda made his rounds on the network TV morning shows Wednesday, showing the hosts from ABC's "Good Morning America" how to walk a wire and then making an appearance on a Canadian morning show.

Tourism officials in Niagara Falls will be happy about the free publicity the daredevil has been giving the area on national TV.

"What better place to do this than the most popular tourist destination, or most beautiful, in the world?" Wallenda said on "Good Morning America."

The network has been airing promos for its three-hour special Friday, which will start at 8 p.m. and include the "Greatest Megastunts of All Time" as well as a more Niagara-centric daredevil hour that will include interviews with some local historians.

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Meeting with students

Wallenda will meet with students from LaSalle Preparatory School in Niagara Falls, St. Peter's Catholic School in Lewiston and the Community Charter and Elmwood Village Charter schools in Buffalo this morning at Terrapin Point.

As part of a science program organized by Time Warner Cable, Wallenda will explain the science behind his walk across the falls. The students will also ask Wallenda and his rigger questions about safety and rigging.

email: cspecht@buffnews.com