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Flying Wallenden write history as they cross Times Square. 25 stories in the air



A large crowd at legendary New York Square moved to famed daredevil Nik Wallenda and sister Lijana as they made the nerve-racking 1300-foot crossing between 1 Times Square and 2 Times Square.

Nik first started from 2 Times Square at 9:20 pm Lijana started at 1 Times Square about a minute later. The two walked slowly together, talking, Lijana singing sometimes and talking to her father about a communication system while the world listened to a live ABC broadcast.

"That was my life longer than I was alive," Nik said at one point during the tightrope walk.

The breathtaking performance was Lijana's first performance since she was seriously injured in a fall in 201
7 when she and four others fell 30 feet from a tightrope during a rehearsal.

About 17 dramatic minutes later, the two met. Then Lijana sat down on the wire and Nik went over her. After a few tense moments when Lijana realized she had her rod wrong, they ended up at the other end from where they started.

For Nik it was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to pay tribute to his family performance at Madison Square Garden in 1928, he told ABC.

Nik said before the fact that he was worried about his sister, who had worked so hard to get back from her injuries two and a half years ago. Lijana was worried about her brother because he was worried about her.

Before the performance, Lijana said she was really nervous because it was so high.

"I understand that," she said. "I have this."

Nik and Lijana are the seventh generation Great Wallendas. Her great-grandfather Karl Wallenda brought the family from Germany to America to perform for The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, according to ABC. Karl Wallenda was killed at the age of 73 when in 1978 he tried to walk between two buildings in Puerto Rico.

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