Nik Wallenda Biography
Nikolas Wallenda is an American acrobat, aerialist, daredevil, high wire artist, and author. He is known for his high-wire performances without a safety net. He holds nine Guinness World Records for various acrobatic feats but is best known as the first person to walk a tightrope stretched directly over Niagara Falls.
Wallenda is a seventh-generation member of The Flying Wallendas family, and he participated in various circus acts as a child. He made his professional tightrope walking debut at age 13, and he chose high-wire walking as his career in 1998 after joining family members in a seven-person pyramid on the wire. In 2001, he was part of the world’s first eight-person high-wire pyramid. He performed with his family at various venues from 2002 to 2005, forming his own troupe in 2005. He performed with Bello Nock in 2007 and 2008 in a double version of the Wheel of Steel that he helped invent. In 2009, he set new personal bests for highest and longest tightrope walks, completing a total of 15 walks above 100 feet (30 m) in the air that year.
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He is 40 Years old
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I’m so excited to announce that I’m returning to the highwire with my sister Lijana for a never before attempted walk across New York City’s iconic Times Square! Join me LIVE Sunday, June 23 on ABC. #HighwireLIVE pic.twitter.com/yVi9hqVHB2
— Nik Wallenda (@NikWallenda) May 23, 2019
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Nik Wallenda net worth and salary: Nik Wallenda is an American acrobat, aerialist, and daredevil who has a net worth of $4 million.
Nik Wallenda Background
Wallenda is a seventh-generation member of The Flying Wallendas family of aerialists. His ancestors were primarily of Austro-Hungarian descent and have been circus performers since the 1700s; they have been doing balancing acts without nets since Karl Wallenda made the family famous for the feat in the 1920s. Nik Wallenda is a direct descendant of Karl, whom he calls his role model and his “biggest hero in life” Several members of the family have lost their lives while training or performing. In 1962, the troupe’s famous seven-person pyramid collapsed, killing two family members and paralyzing Wallenda’s uncle Mario. In 1978, Karl Wallenda died after falling from a tight rope at age 73 in Puerto Rico.
Nik Wallenda Early life
Wallenda was born in Sarasota, Florida on January 24, 1979 to Delilah Wallenda and Terry Troffer. His parents bought him a swing set when he was two. Before Troffer had even finished assembling it, Wallenda climbed up to the crossbar and did a somersault. Around the same time, he began performing with his family in their circus act. His first public performance was at SeaWorld San Diego in 1981 He began to play on the wire at age two, walking back and forth while holding his mother’s hand. At age four, he started walking the wire on his own, learning primarily from his father. He would play on his parents’ practice wire with his older sister Lijana, two feet off the ground. His parents would throw objects at him as he practiced, and even shot him with a BB gun to train him to deal with distractions. At age six, he first visited Niagara Falls and immediately decided that one day he wanted to walk a tightrope across it. He spent most of his youth on the road, living in a mobile home as his parents performed across America.
Wallenda transitioned from being a clown to juggling, to a dog act. He made his professional tightrope walking debut at age 13. When he graduated from high school, his parents encouraged him to go to college and explore his options. With live circus losing popularity, becoming a performer did not seem like a viable career path.
Wallenda briefly considered becoming a doctor and was accepted into college. However, his plans changed in 1998 when he participated in a re-creation of Karl Wallenda’s seven-person pyramid on the high-wire in Detroit, alongside his father, mother, and other family members.
In 2001, Wallenda appeared with seven other family members at Japan’s Kurashiki Tivoli Park in an attempt at the world’s first ever eight-person high-wire pyramid. After five months of four hours per day, six days a week preparation, the family successfully walked across a 30-foot-high (9.1 m) tightrope in six minutes, setting a Guinness World Record. Nik Wallenda cited Karl Wallenda as the primary inspiration for the feat, and stated that “it was a landmark experience for our profession, as well as our family and me personally”
From 2002 to 2005, Wallenda performed alongside his wife, children, and other family members at Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe in Greensboro, North Carolina. They also toured the United States as part of various circuses. One early act featured Wallenda riding a motorcycle across the high-wire 30 feet (9.1 m) in the air 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. Throughout this time period, Wallenda continued to participate in the family’s signature seven-person pyramid.
In 2006, McDonald’s sponsored a show in Detroit. To promote the restaurant’s new coffee, Nik Wallenda and his older sister Lijana did an act where they met in the middle of a high-wire and sat down to have some coffee, after starting on opposite ends. After exchanging several toasts, Nik stood up and stepped over his sister. As the siblings headed back to their platforms, a crane winch malfunctioned, preventing Lijana from exiting the wire. After Nik descended to the ground, a crane was moved to reduce the tension on the wire and he rode a hook up to rescue his sister.
In 1999, Wallenda proposed to his future wife Erendira on a wire 30 feet (9.1 m) high during a performance in Montreal, Quebec. Having just performed a seven-man pyramid act with his family, he stayed on the platform while the family descended. He walked to the middle of the wire and got down on one knee, proposing to Erendira in front of 25,000 people. A week later, they were married. “I don’t know if either of us could be married to someone who didn’t perform”, says Erendira. “I can’t see either of us ever being happy sitting behind a desk.
Wallenda credits God for his success, saying that what he does on the high-wire is a gift from God. He grew up in “a Bible-believing, God-fearing family” and describes himself as a “born-again Christian“. Faith is “the most important part of my life”, he says. According to family friend Michael Mascitto, “When he started doing some of these bigger stunts, he realized that he was developing a platform, or rather God was giving him a platform, to use his abilities for God’s glory”. Mascitto says Wallenda’s faith has been strengthened as his profile grew. “He truly believes it’s because God has given him this platform for a reason — to glorify Him … Him with a capital H.”
Before every wire walk, Wallenda joins his family in prayer and he always wears a cross as he performs. He remarks, “The Bible says pray without ceasing and I’m always praying.” He denies that his stunts “test” God. “To test God would be to never train, never practice, and then to walk across the Grand Canyon; or to jump off a building, or throw myself in front of a truck”, he says. Wallenda says he tries to live “an upright life” and be a good example. Despite his success, Wallenda wants people to think of him as just a regular guy. “I want people to like me, just for who I am”, he says. “What you get is a regular person. I want people to relate to me.” Friends described him as a lighthearted guy who is always cracking jokes.
Wallenda describes himself as a challenge-driven person. “Don’t tell me ‘It can’t be done’, because I’ll find a way to do it”, he says. “My whole thing”, he says, “is I don’t want to just break records. I want to set myself apart from any record that’s been done before.” Wallenda lives by the mantra “Never Give Up”. He believes that through hard work, one can achieve anything they desire. “I think [challenges are] what life is about”, he remarks. “We all go through challenges. But once we get through them, we look back and say look how much our lives have changed by going through that challenge.”
Wallenda and his wife own and operate Wallendas Inc. They have three children: Yanni, aged 16, Amadaos, 13, and Evita, 10. The children are free to choose their own professions, Wallenda says. Evita is said to be the most interested in following in her father’s footsteps. “In the back yard we have a wire that’s two feet off the ground and that’s what’s fun for my daughter. Kids want to do what their parents do”, Wallenda remarks. Erendira and the children are always nearby; the six days they were separated from Nik while he prepared for Niagara Falls was the longest separation in nine years.
Nik Wallenda injuries
Two years ago during a rehearsal for an eight-person pyramid stunt to break a Guinness world record, something went awry, and five performers were injured, falling 30 feet. Lijana Wallenda suffered severe injuries to her face that required reconstructive surgery.
Nik Wallenda accident
The walk marks Lijana’s first highwire attempt since an accident in 2017when she and four others fell 30 feet off a tightrope during a rehearsal. The accident is not the first in the famous family. In 1962, two members of the Flying Wallendas group died and another was paralyzed after a performer lost his balance during an attempt at a seven-person pyramid in Detroit.
Nik 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.
Nik Wallenda Times Square
Wallenda and his sister, Lijana Wallenda, will perform a never-before-attempted walk of approximately 1,300 feet long and 25 stories above street level, across New York City’s Times Square on Sunday. ABC will air the walk as a live, two-hour televised event called Highwire Live in Times Square with Nik Wallenda.
“Of course, I’m nervous. How would you not be? You know the fact that I’m going to be risking my life, along with my sister who nearly lost hers to that same wire,” Wallenda said.
Nik 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.
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