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Times Square Stunts Make History: Lijana Wallenda Biography, Wiki, Age, Family, Net Worth, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Fast Facts You Need to Know

Lijana Wallenda Biography

Lijana Wallenda Biography
Lijana Wallenda is Nik Wallenda’s sister and a sibling, of the famous “Flying Wallendas” family.
On Sunday, June 23, 2019, Lijana and Nik Wallenda will cross Times Square in New York without a safety net. Nik and Lijana will start on opposite ends of the wire, Lijana at Times Square 2 and Nik at Times Square 1, meet in the middle and continue to the opposite ends. Lijana is planning to crouch down while Nik steps over her. The walk is 1,300 feet across and 25 stories high.
This will be Lijana’s first live high wire performance since her near-fatal accident in 2017 when a pyramid trick (which Nik was involved in) went wrong and she fell 40 feet.


In an interview with the New York Post, Nik reflected on his sister’s accident, saying “She has 73 screws in her face alone. She still has pain in her heel. This is something she almost feels that she has to do. I think people will be inspired just to see her get back on the wire. Just to move on with life.” He also shared their plan for the walk: “She’ll sit down on the wire. And I will step over her and we’ll change places. After I step over her, she’ll get back up and continue walking.” He also said that he will walk downhill while she walks uphill, since it is “more uncomfortable to walk downhill.”

Lijana Wallenda Age

It is not clear how old Lijana is but her older brother Nick Wallenda is 40 years old.

Lijana Wallenda Net Worth

Lijana has not made her net worth public.

Lijana Wallenda Great Grandparents

Her great grandfather Karl Wallenda made tightrope walking famous in the 1920’s with his family troupe The Flying Wallendas. He would walk highlines without a net and popularized the daring feat at circuses. He fell to his death of live television when he was 73 years old.

Lijana Wallenda Husband

Lijana was married to Anthony ‘Tony Tightropes’ Hernandez but have since divorced. The two first met when they were children at the age of 6 and 8 hen their families were performing at a circus together. They again re-met at the age of 17 and 19 at the dollar movies. The couple got married on December 6, 1998.
Anthony who goes by the stage name “Tony Tightropes” was born into circus. He told Chicago Reader that his mother, Lissette was adopted by a German circus owner.
Anthony was placed in custody and charged with misdemeanour battery domestic violence on August 12, 2013 after he reportedly tackled and punched Lijana. They divorced soon after his arrest.

Lijana Wallenda Crossing Niagara Falls

The eight-person moving human pyramid on the high rope would have been the first of its kind.

Nik took to Facebook afterward to say it had been traumatizing reliving the moment.

‘It has been an emotional day for sure for me. I have been sort of a wreck to be honest, I’ve shed a lot of tears. Having to relive that accident yet again, after that I had to experience it in over and over again in my head.

‘I know that I struggled with that.

‘My family and friends are all doing amazingly well. All of them with the exception of my sister have been back on stage which is nothing short of miraculous

‘My sister she is training right now my family for 7 generations and 200 years have lived by those words never give up,’ he said.

Lijana Wallenda Accident – Nik Wallenda Sister Accident – Lijana Wallenda Injuries

Lijana was involved in a near-fatal accident in 2017. She and her family members were practicing the eight man pyramid for Circus Sarasota at their home base in Florida when it began to collapse. She fell 30 feet and “broke every bone in my face” and slipped into a coma. She ended up needing to have her jaw wired shut for over a month as a result.

Lijana Wallenda Husband

Lijana was married for many years to a fellow wire performer, Anthony Hernandez. Lijana and Anthony got married on December 6, 1998. Anthony has worked with other members of the Wallenda family. In the late 90s, he was asked to be a part of the family’s famous seven-man pyramid.
On August 12, 2013, Anthony was placed in custody and charged with misdemeanor battery domestic violence after he reportedly tackled and punched Lijana. “During the dispute, Anthony tried to get (redacted) phone from her in order to retrieve photographs that he did not like on the phone,” an officer told the Las Vegas Sun.
“When (redacted) would not give up the phone, Anthony tackled her to the ground and punched her on the right side of her head,” the office added. “(Redacted) attempted to get away and said she hit him with a knee to the inner thigh. Anthony eventually got a hold of the phone and smashed it.” Lijana and Anthony divorced following the incident, though the exact date of their divorce is unknown.
Anthony is best known for his work with Almas Meirmanov and Paul Matthew Lopez, otherwise known as the Esteemed Gentlemen of the High Wire. They did thousands of shows at the Caesars Palace, but Anthony was let go from the act following the misdemeanor charge. In 2018, he published the coffee table book Circus Legends: Who They Were, Who They Are.

Lijana Wallenda Crossing Times Square Update

Flying Wallendas make history crossing Times Square 25 stories in the air

The Flying Wallendas astonished the world once again, becoming the first to cross New York’s Times Square on a tightrope 25 stories above the city streets.

A huge crowd at the iconic New York square was pulling for famed daredevil Nik Wallenda and his sister Lijana as they made the nerve-racking 1,300 foot crossing between 1 Times Square and 2 Times Square.
Nik started first from 2 Times Square at 9:20 p.m. Lijana started about a minute later at 1 Times Square. The two slowly made their way toward the other, chatting with each other, Lijana singing at times, and talking to their father via a communications system as the world listened in a live ABC broadcast.
“This has been my life, longer than I’ve been alive,” Nik said at one point during the wire walk.
The breathtaking feat was Lijana’s first time performing since she was seriously injured in a 2017 fall, when she and four others fell 30 feet from a tightrope during a rehearsal.

Lijana Wallenda Injuries

A high wire artist who smashed all the bones in her face and was lucky to escape with her life after falling in a eight-person human pyramid has shared photographs of her injuries as she prepares for her next stunt.

Lijana Wallenda, of the famed Wallenda circus family, broke every bone in her face as well as a rib and some bones in her foot when she fell 40ft to the ground in 2017 while training.

She has been training since then to recover and on Sunday night, will walk across a high wire between two Times Square skyscrapers with her brother, Nik.

They will not use any harnesses and there will be no safety net.

In an interview with Good Morning America on Wednesday, Lijana described some of her injuries and shared photos of her face.

Fast Facts You Need to Know

  • Nik said “Of course, I’m nervous. How would you not be? You know the fact that I’m going to be risking my life
  • Lijana Wallenda broke every bone in her face in 2017 while practicing with her family of performers in Sarasota
  • They were trying to pull off the world’s largest moving human pyramid with eight people when someone fell, taking the whole group with them 
  • Lijana had to have 72 pins put in her face to reconstruct it and her aunt was also injured in the fall 
  • Despite it, she is now preparing to walk across a high wire in Times Square with her brother Nik
  • The pair will cross paths on the wire, without harnesses or safety nets, Sunday 

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