||Charles Blondin (Jean François Gravelet, 1824-1897) was a French-born
acrobat who became famous in the late 1850s for his daring tightrope walks over
Niagara Falls. He repeated the feat several times while performing various
stunts, such as drinking a bottle of wine, eating a meal, standing on his head,
standing on one foot, walking blindfolded, hanging by his feet, pushing a
wheelbarrow, laying down, and walking on stilts (the latter accomplished before
an audience that included Edward, Prince of Wales).