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September 27, 2015

Here Are 15 Wildest Stunts in New York City History

Some seek out fame, while others are addicted to adrenaline and risk. No matter the reasons, stuntmen and stuntwomen have risked life and limb to give us thrills. Here are some of the wildest stunts in New York City history:

1. Harry Houdini, 1910s

A crowd watches Hungarian-born American magician, escape artist and psychic debunker Harry Houdini as he wears a straitjacket and hangs from a crane during one of his beloved escape acts above Broadway and 46th Street in Manhattan, New York. (Getty Images)

2. Harry Houdini, 1912

Harry Houdini shows his handcuffs as he stands in a wooden box on a boat and prepares to be submerged, a predicament from which he will escape to the delight of onlookers in the East River, New York, July 7, 1912. (Getty Images)

3. Barney Rowe, 1923

Trains, plane and automobiles?! Daredevil Barney Rowe jumps from a train to plane in 1923. (New York Daily News)

4. Hugo Zacchini, 1929

Circus performer Hugo Zacchini gets some serious hang time in the air after being shot from a huge seige gun. (Harry Warnecke/New York Daily News)

5. Charles Fretz, 1933

Charles Fretz (inside box) during his buried alive stunt in Port Chester, New York in 1933. (New York Daily News)

6. Frank 'Cannonball' Richards, 1937

Frank 'Cannonball' Richards takes a 2x4 to the gut. (Bill Meurer/New York Daily News)

7. Jack Latkowski, 1938

Daredevil Jack Latkowski reemerges after his 7th dive from the Brooklyn Bridge. (Paul Levine/New York Daily News)

8. Alvin 'Shipwreck' Kelly, 1939

Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly, flag pole sitter, is fed donuts while positioned in a headstand on top of the Chanin Building in New York City. (Charles Hoff/New York Daily News)

9. Earl 'Batwing' Stein, 1939

Earl Stein, champion delayed parachute jumper, made a delayed parachute jump in this "batwing" outfit at Holmes Airport in Jackson Heights, Queens in 1939. (Seelig/New York Daily News)

10. Danny Fowlie, 1941

Danny Fowlie lands his plane on a platform built on an automobile at Newark Airport in 1941. (New York Daily News)

11. Garden of Evel, 1971

Evel Knievel is flying high and fast as he leaps over nine cars at Madison Square Garden in 1971. (Dan Farrell/New York Daily News)

12. Henri LaMothe, 1974

Henri LaMothe celebrates his 70th birthday by jumping 40 feet into 12 inches of water at the Flatiron Building. (Ed Giorandino/New York Daily News)

13. Philippe Petit, 1974

Philippe Petit, a French high wire artist, walks across a tightrope suspended between the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York on Aug. 7, 1974. (Alan Welner/AP)

14. George 'Human Fly' Willig, 1977

George 'Human Fly' Willig climbed the South Tower of the World Trade Center in 1977. (New York Daily News)

15. Michael Sergio, 1986

Parachutist Michael Sergio parachutes onto the infield area of Shea Stadium before the start of game six of the 1986 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets. He was later arrested and pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree criminal trespassing. (John Pedin/New York Daily News)


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