Blondin

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Blondin

(French blɔ̃dɛ̃)
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(Biography) Charles, real name Jean-François Gravelet. 1824–97, French acrobat and tightrope walker; best known for walking a tightrope across Niagara Falls (1859)
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His real name was Jean-Francois Gravelet and he was known also by the names Charles Blondin, Jean-Francois Blondin and called the "Chevalier Blondin", or simply "The Great Blondin".
His name was Jean-Francois Gravelet, but he was known worldwide as Blondin, a tribute to his lustrous locks.
Jean-Francois Gravelet was the most spectacular funambulist, or tightrope-walker, of his day or probably any other day.

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