Nik Wallenda

Tightrope Walker
Born Jan 24, 1979

Nikolas "Nik" Wallenda is an American high wire artist, acrobat, daredevil, and six-time Guinness World Record holder. A direct descendant of Karl Wallenda, Nik is known for 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 135 feet (41 m) 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 Wallenda briefly considered becoming a doctor, and was accepted into college. However, his plans changed in 1998. … 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, he 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
On February 15, 2012, the commission voted unanimously to give Wallenda's plan the go ahead, provided that he paid rigging and commission costs of C$105,000. … Read More
On June 4, 2013, Wallenda's memoir, Balance: A Story of Faith, Family, and Life on the Line, was published by FaithWorks. … Read More
Wallenda was unable to get permission to do the walk in New York City, but, in April 2014, announced he was scouting skyscrapers in Chicago, Illinois for a televised tight walk event for the Discovery Channel. … Read More
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