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IN PHOTOGRAPHS: They defy DEATH, with style!

Last updated on: May 21, 2013 10:06 IST

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We present recent and archive Reuters images of daredevils performing out-of-the-world stunts. The slideshow includes the latest image of France's daredevil climber Jean-Michel Casanova climbing the Bailong Elevator near a cliff in the Wulingyuan tourism area of Zhangjiajie, Hunan province, China.

The 330-metre-high (1,083 feet) elevator, opened in 2002, was claimed to be the highest and heaviest outdoor elevator in the world by local government officials.

Casanova successfully climbed the outdoor section of the elevator (172 metres, 564 feet) on Saturday without safety equipment in 68 minutes and 26 seconds, local media reported.

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Austrian parachuter Felix Baumgartner, who goes by the code name "Base 502," prepares to jump from the arm of the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado mountain, overlooking Rio de Janeiro in December 1999.

It was the first-ever known base-jump made from the site. In base-jumping, which is illegal in most countries, parachutists jump from buildings, antennae, spans such as bridges and earth points like rocks, and the parachute is only pulled open at the very last moment.

Baumgartner camped out overnite at the site and used a high-tech crossbow to shoot over the arm of the 30-meter-high statue to climb up. The statue and mountain are located 747 meters above sea level.

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A biker performs in front of the Great Giza pyramids during Red Bull Fighters International Freestyle Motocross 2009 Exhibition Tour on the outskirts of Cairo.

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Photographs: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

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Team Breitling wingwalker Charlotte Voce performs, in advance of their airshow appearance at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune, over the Firth of Forth, in Scotland July 22, 2011.

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Photographs: David Moir/Reuters

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Stuntmen perform on their motorbikes and car on the walls of the "Well of Death" at a fair on the outskirts of Jammu.

The stuntmen earn their livelihood by performing dare-devil stunts by driving their bikes and cars on the walls of the "Well of Death" and attracting a large number of spectators from all walks of life.

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Photographs: Amit Gupta/Reuters
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Alain Robert of France, who is also known as "Spiderman", stands on top of a school in the old quarters of Havana, Cuba, February 5, 2013.

As such Robert, who scales buildings all over the world without safety equipment, made his way up another historic building in Old Havana. He had climbed the landmark Havana Libre hotel the previous day.

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Acrobats ride a bicycle during a stunt performance 1000 meters (3300 feet) above the ground at Chaibuxi National Forest Park in Wufeng Tujia minority autonomous county, in central China's Hubei province, in October, 2006.

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A student takes part in a practice session of a stunt performance at Tagou Wushu School in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China, in July, 2010.

More than 1,500 students from the school performed at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.

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Photographs: Donald Chan/Reuters

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Saimaiti Aishan, a 29-year-old Uighur acrobat of tightrope walking, hangs on a 15-metre-long tightrope connected between two hot air balloons as he fails in an attempt for setting a 100 metre height record in Langshan, Hunan province, in August, 2011.

Aishan, the nephew of Adili Wuxor, who is known as "Prince of the Tightrope", is the first person to perform tightrope walking between two hot air balloons. He set a national tightrope walking record at 30 metres high, but failed in his attempt of 100 metres, local media reported.

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Stunt motorcyclists jump during a freestyle motocross exhibition performance at the Liberty Square in Taipei, in January, 2010.

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Photographs: Pichi Chwang/Reuters
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A policeman performs a stunt through fluorescent tubes and a ring of fire during the 2011 Republic Day celebrations in Jammu.

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Photographs: Mukesh Gupta/Reuters
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French daredevil climber Alain Robert, known as "Spiderman", climbs up the April 25 bridge over the Tagus river in Lisbon, in August, 2007.

Robert completed the 190 metre climb during a Monday rush hour before giving himself up.

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Photographs: Marcos Borga/Reuters

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A member of the Les Studios de Cirque de Marseille performs "Race against time" during the festival "White Nights" in Burgos, northern Spain.

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Photographs: Felix Ordonez/Reuters

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Magician David Blaine performs a stunt in Central Park in New York, in September, 2008.

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Photographs: Eric Thayer/Reuters

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Cyclist Adam Flint, attached to a bungee rope, pedals off the Garry Bridge near Pitlochry, in Scotland.

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Photographs: Russel Cheyne/Reuters

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Uighur stuntman Samat Hasan walks on a tightrope in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province, in April, 2009. Walking on a 700-metre-long (2,300 ft) rope with a 3.1-centimetre (1.2 inches) diameter and set at a 39-degree gradient, Hasan successfully broke the Guinness World Record for aerial tightrope walking after failing in a previous attempt in October the previous year, local media reported.


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