Defying death on the high wire – Nik Wallenda in Atlantic City

The circus has always been one of my favorite attractions. But, it wasn’t the animals or the clowns (I’ve never been a fan) that I enjoyed the most. It was the trapeze artists and tight rope walkers that amazed me and captured my attention, as they demonstrated wonderful and death-defying stunts.

Even now, during the Olympics, my favorite sport to watch is gymnastics (as well as swimming), especially the women’s uneven bars. I think at one point I almost became a gymnast, but it ended up not happening.

So, when I heard that Nik Wallenda – seventh generation of the Great Wallendas – is performing one of his great high wire walks high above the Atlantic City beach, I knew that I would be going. Tomorrow, August 9 at 3 p.m., Wallenda will begin this perilous 1,300 feet walk at Sovereign Avenue and the Beach, adjacent to Atlantic Club Casino, and finish above the beach at Tropicana Casino & Resort. This event is FREE, so if you’re in AC definitely check it out, maybe I’ll see you there.

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Nik Wallenda walking on a moving Ferris Wheel.

The King of the High Wire holds seven Guinness World Records and recently conquered his lifetime dream of walking the high wire directly over the precipice at Niagara Falls on June 15, 2012. You might have also heard of his other stunts such as hanging from a helicopter by his jaw, riding a bicycle across the high wire, walking on a spinning Ferris wheel, and much more.

If you’re not able to make the event tomorrow, you will have the chance to see the whole family in action at their acrobatic show Beyond the Falls: Nik Wallenda & the Wallenda Family Experience at The Tropicana from August 12 – September 22. Tickets range from $15 – $42.50.


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