Thursday's performance came on the fifth anniversary of Nik Wallenda's televised high-wire walk over Niagara Falls. Erendira Wallenda said watching her husband walk the tight-rope across countries inspired her decision to perform Thursday's stunt.
But Thursday's performance is about much more than thrills and breaking records for both her and Nik. "I started performing when I was nine-years-old, so once I looked up and saw my husband smiling at me and he's like, 'You got this, babe, ' I was like, 'Yeah, you know what?"
Transported by a helicopter, Erendira sat in a hula hoop and performed multiple acrobatic flips before using only a mouth piece to suspend from the circle.
Wallenda spent about eight minutes of her 10-minute stunt hovering over the falls.
Big ideas for Niagara Falls are as common as water falling over them, and many concepts over the years have evaporated like the mist above the Falls.
Wallenda's husband, Nik, had performed his own special antics just five years earlier. "I felt good enough to where I was able to hang by my teeth a second time".
The helicopter will fly 300 feet above the falls.
"I was like, 'Absolutely, '" Wallenda said he responded.
The $120,000 stunt was jointly sponsored by the city of Niagara Falls, the Niagara County Legislature and the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino. Onlookers were as impressed as they were anxious about the whole stunt, as he set a new record for the "iron-jaw hang".
The altitude will take the mother of three above the mist and wind of the roaring falls.
"In five more years", he joked, "I'm going to hang by one tooth, 800 feet above the falls".
Erendira said she returned in her mind to her home backyard, where she trains almost everyday, and a calm came over her.
Back then, the only mechanism keeping her in the air was her tight bite on a folded leather belt.