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Daredevil Nik Wallenda and Family at Tropicana for Six-Week Stunt Show Stint

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.

By Jeff Schwachter
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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.”


Watch video from Nik Wallenda's "Wheel of Death" stunt at the Tropicana from April 2011.


 

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1. Anonymous said... on Jun 28, 2012 at 12:48PM

“The walk across the falls was June 15th, not June 25th”

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2. Jack S. said... on Jun 29, 2012 at 09:29AM

“Wellenda was NOT the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope, it has been done many times before. Some of these successful tightrope walking dare devils include The Great Blondin, James Hardy (1896), Signor Farini and Marie Spelterina, who by the way did it walking backwards with a paper bag over her head and then there was also Stephen Peer.

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3. Anonymous said... on Jul 8, 2012 at 11:15AM

“if you could only edit your post you could correct your mistakes and not look quite so ignorant of the facts. Blondin, a great artist, waked across far, far, far down the gorge and a very narrow point far from the brink of the falls. Not to take away from his accomplishment at all, but it was a different location within what is known as Niagara Falls, but not the actual raging water of the cascading falls themselves. Both men made great accomplishments, one was a long time ago... one was now.. partly designed to call attention to the ailing city, which it well did.”

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4. Anonymous said... on Jul 8, 2012 at 11:15AM

“if you could only edit your post you could correct your mistakes and not look quite so ignorant of the facts. Blondin, a great artist, waked across far, far, far down the gorge and a very narrow point far from the brink of the falls. Not to take away from his accomplishment at all, but it was a different location within what is known as Niagara Falls, but not the actual raging water of the cascading falls themselves. Both men made great accomplishments, one was a long time ago... one was now.. partly designed to call attention to the ailing city, which it well did.”

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