Nik Wallenda, who recently became the first person to cross Niagara Falls on a high wire, comes to Atlantic City with The Flying Wallendas Aug. 12 through Sept. 22.
On June 15, daredevil Nik Wallenda traversed a two-inch wire across countries on June 25, becoming the first person to ever walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
The holder of seven world records for daring stunts such as his latest, the 33-year-old Wallenda performed the astonishing walk after practicing for two years.
“I was relaxed,” he told a reporter. ”It went very fast. I was in the zone, focused entirely on the wire.
"It was very peaceful.”
Wallenda, a seventh generation member of the Flying Wallendas (his ancestors were circus performers as far back as the late 1700s), will be in Atlantic City for a six-week acrobatic show at the Tropicana.
The daredevil family will present “Beyond the Falls: Nik Wallenda & The Wallenda Family Experience” Aug. 12 through Sept. 22 inside the Tropicana Showroom.
The show will include a variety of acts — from graceful silks performers to a "riveting high-wire stunt."
According to a statement released by the Tropicana on Thursday, "Look for a huge stunt announcement this summer at Tropicana and prepare to be in shock and awe as 'Beyond the Falls: Nik Wallenda & the Wallenda Family Experience' debuts at the Tropicana Showroom August 12, 2012 at 7pm."
The show will run on select dates and times through Sept. 22 and tickets are on sale for $15 (children under 13), $25 and $42.50.
On April 29, 2011, Nik Wallenda performed two stunts at the Tropicana, going for a Guinness World Record on the exterior of the Tropicana in Atlantic City. The stunt was done on "The Wheel of Death" — and, as always, without a net — from the 23rd floor of the Trop’s South Tower.
“The unique part of [the wheel] is that it has never been done this high in the air, and I’ve never done it off the edge of a building, so those will also be Guinness records,” Wallenda told Atlantic City Weekly at the time.
“For years I’ve wanted to perform the Wheel of Death [self described as ‘a giant hamster wheel’] from an amazing building in an iconic location. This is a huge dream come true for both the challenge and the beauty of the location.”
That same day, Wallenda also did a high-wire walk across the Fiesta Plaza (doing tricks, about 50 feet up, without a net) inside The Quarter at Tropicana.
"I started walking the wire as soon as I could walk, and at four years old I would walk [the wire] on my own without any assistance,” Wallenda said at the time. “At age 13 I began performing 30 feet above the ground without any safety nets, so I’ve literally been walking the wire for 30 years now.”
Nik Wallenda did it in style. The world famous daredevil pulled off a feat that amazed 150,000 onlookers crowding the beach and Boardwalk in Atlantic City when he walked on a wire 125 ft. above the sand, from Sovereign Ave. and the beach, adjacent to Atlantic Club Casino, and finished 1,500 feet later above the beach at Tropicana Casino & Resort.
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