Flying Wallenda to Walk Tightrope Over A.C.
Daredevil plans tightrope walk above Atlantic City beach
Aerialist Nik Wallenda tighropes over the Niagara Falls June 15, 2012 in Niagara Falls, Canada. Wallenda walked across the 1,800 foot long, 2 inch-wide wire Friday night as the first person to cross directly over the falls from the U.S. into Canada. Wallenda, 33 and a father of three, is a seventh generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas who trace their roots to 1780 Austria-Hungary, when ancestors traveled as a band of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, animal trainers and trapeze artists. ABC televised the event and insisted the daredevil wear a teathered harness to prevent live coverage of a potentially deadly fall 190 feet into the churning torrent below. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
The man who walked a tightrope wearing a harness across Niagara Falls last month is planning a walk above the Atlantic City beach without the safety device.
Nik Wallenda will make the 1,500-foot tightrope walk 100 feet above the beach on Aug. 9.
“I don’t think anyone has done this type of walk, especially this distance and height above the beach,” Wallenda told the Press of Atlantic City.
The walk will begin on Sovereign Avenue next to the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel and end at Tropicana Casino and Resort. That's where Wallenda and his family will perform later in the month.
The Press of A.C. reports Wallenda hopes to complete the walk in 27 minutes, using only a 24-foot balance pole.
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Published at 12:53 PM EDT on Jul 19, 2012
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