Nik Wallenda, Tightrope Daredevil: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

November 2, 2014 4:19 PM

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Nik Wallenda is a master of the art of tightrope walking and is known as the “King of The High Wire.” Wallenda holds seven Guinness World Records for acrobatic feats and is a seventh-generation member of The Flying Wallendas family. Having begun tightrope walking at age 13, it was a surprise that Wallenda chose this as a profession. Just one year before, Wallenda said he was not interested in becoming a high-wire performer because of the dangerous risks. Wallenda has walked a tightrope across the Grand Canyon successfully and was the first person to walk across a tight rope over Niagra Falls. Read on for the details on Wallenda’s death-defying stunts, his high wire walk across the Chicago Skyline, how his parents feel about his dangerous walk, and the background on the Wallendas who have plummeted to their deaths.

Tonight, at 7 p.m. EST, Wallenda’s high-wire walk across the Chicago skyline will be broadcast on the Discovery Channel as he attempts to walk between skyscrapers. There will be two tightrope walks and the second will be blind-folded. The first will start at the top of the 587-foot Marina City West ...

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