Nik Wallenda

Tightrope Walker
Born Jan 24, 1979
Age 36
Hometown Sarasota

Nikolas "Nik" Wallenda is an American high wire artist, acrobat, daredevil, and Guinness World Record holder. A direct descendant of Karl Wallenda, Nik is known for performing death-defying performances on highwire without a safety net. On October 15, 2008, during a live broadcast of Today, Wallenda walked and then bicycled across a suspended highwire 13 and 1/2 stories above the ground, setting a Guinness world record for longest and highest bicycle ride on a highwire.… Read More

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1979 Birth Nik Wallenda was born in Sarasota, Florida, on January 24, 1979, to Delilah Wallenda and Terry Troffer. … Read More
1981 2 Years Old Wallenda's first public performance, dressed as a clown, was at SeaWorld San Diego in 1981. … Read More


1991 12 Years Old As Wallenda grew, he transitioned from being a clown to juggling to a dog act. In 1991, at age 12, he told a reporter he was not interested in becoming a high-wire artist when he grew up. "It's just not worth it," he explained. "We're risking our lives out there. … Read More
1998 19 Years Old In 1998, at age 19, he participated in a re-creation of Karl Wallenda's seven-person pyramid on the high-wire in Detroit, Michigan, alongside his father, mother, and other family members. … Read More


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2005 26 Years Old In 2005, Wallenda and his wife, Erendira, took their act to Raging Waters in San Dimas, California, while his mother and sister stayed at Wet 'n Wild. … Read More
2007 28 Years Old In 2007 and 2008, Wallenda was a featured performer in the Ringling Brothers production Bellobration, performing with Bello Nock on a newly contrived, double version of the Wheel of Steel. … Read More
2008 29 Years Old On October 15, 2008, Wallenda performed on a live broadcast of Today. … Read More


In 2009, Wallenda took his high-wire act to ten Cedar Fair amusement parks in what was dubbed as the "Walk Across America Tour". … Read More
In 2010, Wallenda performed in his home town of Sarasota for the first time. … Read More
On April 28, 2011, Wallenda visited the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey for a pair of performances. … Read More
A reality show following Wallenda's feats aired on the Science Channel in 2012. … Read More
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