Charles Blondin

Charles Blondin tightrope walker extrordinaire. (1824-1896)

Born Jean Francois Gravelet 1824 he found real fame with his amazing exploits particularly his crossings of Niagra falls.

His first crossing was in 1855 he crossed from the US to Canadian side and back again, stopping to fill a bottle with water on the way. He repeated the feat adding extra elements, sitting down, standing on his head and doing somersaults.

In 1860 he returned and carried his manager across the rope. There’s real faith in your client.

It took a while, they made five stops on the way accross.

In 1861 he performed in London and Dublin. A breaking rope resulting in the deaths of two workers.

He retired in the 1870’s apart from some pantomime appearances and died in London in 1897.

What a showman!

refs Richard Garrett They Must have been crazy Pan books (1977)

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