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Daredevil sets record by walking between skyscrapers on trampoline-style tightrope

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An Austrian daredevil has set a world record by walking a 'slackline' tightrope at 607ft above the streets of Frankfurt without a pole.

Reinhad Kleindl performed his terrifying feat on Saturday to establish a new world record for an urban highwire in the sport.

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Slacklining is distinguished from normal tightrope walking because of the very different nature of the line used. Whereas tightrope walks use ropes or cables held taught and straight across a gap, 'slackliners' walk across a flat nylon or polyester belt that bounces up and down like a very long, very narrow trampoline.

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That gives slackliners the ability to perform all manner of tricks - though given the circumstances, and the apparent flimsiness of the safety line holding him, we'll forgive Kleindl for not doing any crazy stunts during his terrifying display.

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