Daredevils can best be summed up as people who want to take deliberate chances with their lives, with a focus on survival. However, certain risks are so high that the odds of survival based on a balance of probability are so slim that they become suicidal in nature. It could be a thin line of definition, but no less a line. Nowadays, the art of bravery has become so advanced that the chances of survival are almost predetermined.
Daredevils of today can not be compared to those of 40 years ago because of changing water conditions and technological innovations. Niagara Falls has 12-15 suicides per year. This number has been fairly constant over the last century. The difference between the two types of people is that, by pure luck, someone can survive. If they survive, they will be considered a daredevil.
One thing for certain in this world is that the daredevils will still be there. While now it is sometimes referred to as “extreme sports,” there is always someone in search of the thrill of a deadly adventure.
Beginning at the turn of the 20th century, the Horseshoe Falls of Niagara Falls became the subject of those daredevils who, generally for financial reasons, took to the barrel of the Falls.
List of Niagara Falls Daredevils
- Annie Edson Taylor
- Karel Soucek
- Bobby Leach
- Charles Stephens
- Jean Lussier
- William Fitzgerald
- Steve Trotter