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The Great Blondin


The Great Blondin was a daredevil whose stage was Niagara Falls, where a tightrope was stretched across the great falls which he would walk across and back again.


In his show he would ask the crowd if they believed that he could walk across and back again. The crowd would respond with: “We believe you can Blondin! We believe you can!” So Blondin would do exactly that and walk across the great falls. On one occasion Blondin came with a wheel barrel and asked the crowd if they believed that he could cross the great falls pushing this wheel barrel. The crowd once again shouted “We believe! We believe!” So Blondin do just that and crossed the falls pushing a wheel barrel. On his return back he asked the crowd if they believed that he could do it again, but this time with someone in the wheel barrel. The crowd once again shouted “We believe! We believe!” to which Blondin asked back, “who is willing to get into the wheel barrel?” At which point silence fell over the thousands in attendance.