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Photos: Slackliner Andy Lewis sets record at Mandalay Bay for longest urban highline walk

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Slackline athlete Mickey Wilson leads on his line as Andy Lewis attempts to set the world record for the longest urban highline walk outside the 63rd floor of Mandalay Bay Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013.

Slackline Daredevil Breaks Record

Daredevil slackline athlete Andy Lewis readies to attempt  the world record for the longest urban highline walk as Mickey Wilson (left) looks on outside the 63rd floor of Mandalay Bay Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. Launch slideshow »
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Slackliner Andy Lewis, second from right, and cast members of Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson One" on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at Mandalay Bay.

Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson One” and Gibbon Slacklines partnered Wednesday on a record-breaking highline walk from Mandalay Bay’s exterior and House of Blues Foundation Room 63 floors above the Strip. The walk kicked off the 2013 World Slackline Federation Slackline World Cup Finals at “One” theater today.

Daredevil Gibbon athlete and slackliner Andy Lewis, who performed with Madonna during her Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show in 2011, set a world record for the longest urban highline walk. Lewis forged a 480-foot-high and 360-foot-long slackline running parallel to the Strip and rigged from two of Mandalay Bay’s towers.

Hayden Nickell, Jon Fait and Mickey Wilson, three of the world’s top slackliners, simultaneously performed tricks on individual slacklines.

“We’re no strangers to executing gravity-defying stunts,” said Emilio Torres, VP of sales at Gibbon Slacklines, in a news release. “However, this mega-stunt brings slacklining to a new level and showcases what the incredible Gibbon athletes can pull off. We are thrilled to be teaming up with Mandalay Bay and Cirque du Soleil to show the world what we can do.”

The 2013 WSFed Slackline World Cup Finals is free and open to all ages. Details: GibbonSlacklines.com/Vegas. Meantime, Lewis watched a performance of “One” on Wednesday night.

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