Ben Dova the Drunk Daredevil

In 1933, Ben Dova (yeah ...) the Drunk Daredevil performed his acrobatic act on the roof of New York's 56-story tall Chanin Building without nets, wires, or camera tricks.

Links: YouTube clip | Article at The Human Marvel - Thanks J. Tithonus Pednaud!

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Just because there was no CGI at the time, doesn't mean there were no camera tricks. Once he got on the lamp-post there were no clear shots of him actaully dangling over the endge of the building. just some clever editing and camera angles to make it look like he was.
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Quite true, and detailed in my article over at

He was also accused of orchestrating the Hindenburg disaster. The captain himself made the claim and that stigma followed Dova for decades.
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