Speeding down the strip outside Paris Las Vegas casino at 90kmh, he launched his Yamaha motocross bike up a giant ramp, flew 37 metres through the air and landed on top of a replica of the Arc de Triomphe.
The stunt was equivalent to jumping on a 10-storey apartment building.
After landing safely, the 27-year-old showman from the Kiama in NSW performed one last death-defying stunt, dropping off the Arc de Triomphe and free-falling to a landing ramp below.
It was a flawless stunt watched by tens of million TV and internet viewers around the world.
"It's definitely a milestone in my life to overcome the fear I had," a jubilant Maddison, whose left hand was dripping with blood after the freefall impact, said.
"The hand kills. I think I broke it."
40 Years ago nobody had the computers, the math, or the motorcycles to do something like that.