Death-defying daredevils

A look at shocking stunts by death-defying daredevils around the world.

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Hungarian wingsuit flyer Victor Kovats jumps off a mountain at Tianmen Mountain National Park in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province October 8, 2013. Hungarian veteran wingsuit flyer Kovats died after failing to deploy his parachute prior to landing at the world championship staged here in central China on Tuesday. Kovats' body was found on Wednesday morning after a team of more than 200 rescuers carried out searching by foot in the forests with no helicopter available on the spot. Initial analysis said the reason for the Hungarian's plunge might relate to "technical problem during the trial". (REUTERS/China Daily)

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Acrobats on a tightrope cycle towards a telecommunications tower during the annual International Trade Fair of Thessaloniki in northern Greece September 9, 2013. (REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis)

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) advanced light helicopters display team "Sarang" performs during an air show organised by the IAF at the airport in Srinagar October 18, 2013. (REUTERS/Danish Ismail)

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Adili Wuxor (front), who is known as "Prince of the Tightrope", and his apprentice walk on a tightrope above the Great Wall in Tianjin October 18, 2013. (REUTERS/China Daily)

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Akis Andreou (top), 38, and fellow stuntman Akis Koutsoudakis perform acrobatics in the "Wall of Death", a barrel-shaped wooden structure in Athens October 6, 2013. Andreou has been performing stunts since he was 17 and in 2006 set up the Wall of Death, a narrow wooden barrel 5.5 metres high and 9 meters wide. Andreou, one of the few remaining performers of such motorcycle stunts in Greece and one of only two owners of these barrels, does other odd jobs to earn a living during winter, when the Wall is closed due to weather conditions. (REUTERS/John Kolesidis)

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Colombian wingsuit flyer Jhonathan Florez (L) is pictured with his cameraman during a jump from a helicopter some 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) above the sanctuary of Monserrate, in Bogota October 31, 2013. (REUTERS/John Vizcaino)

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French daredevil Alain Robert scales the Habana Libre hotel without using ropes or a safety net, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Once the city's Hilton, Robert was able to reach the top of the 27-story building in 30 minutes. Robert has scaled much taller buildings in his career. He says his main concern is that the hotel is in disrepair like other Havana landmarks. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, Pool)

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Nik Wallenda walks across a tightrope 200 feet above U.S. 41 on January 29, 2013 in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo by Tim Boyles/Getty Images)

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Austrian parachuter Felix Baumgartner, who goes by the code name "Base 502," jumps from the arm of the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado mountain, overlooking Rio de Janeiro December 1. It is the first-ever known base-jump made from the site. In base-jumping, which is illegal in most countries, parachutists jump from buildings, bridges and earth points like rocks, and the parachute is only pulled open at the very last moment. Baumgartner camped out overnight 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. Reuters

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