Nik Wallenda

American acrobat, aerialist, daredevil, and high wire artist

Nikolas "Nik" Wallenda (born January 24, 1979) is an American acrobat, aerialist, daredevil, high wire artist, and author. He is known for his high-wire performances without a safety net.

Nik Wallenda
Wallenda at Skyscraper Live press conference in Chicago November 2, 2014
Born (1979-01-24) January 24, 1979 (age 41)
Other namesThe King of the Wire (nickname)
OccupationAcrobat, daredevil, high wire artist
Years active1992–present
Known forHigh-wire act without a net
First person to walk a tightrope directly over Niagara Falls
Erendira Vasquez (m. 1999)
Parent(s)Delilah Wallenda and Terry Troffer
RelativesKarl Wallenda (great-grandfather)
AwardsNine-time world record holder

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. He walked across a tightrope from Leo Burnett Building to both Marina City towers in Chicago in December 2014.

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