Nik Wallenda Wiki – 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. Daredevil Nik Wallenda took on the active Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua this evening in an ABC special, Volcano Live! As the title suggests, the highwire walker attempted an 1,800-foot walk over the active volcano.
Just watched @NikWallenda on @ABCNetwork walk over a volcano in Nicaragua on a tight rope! God bless him that was truly amazing! Loved watching him & his sister @LijanaWallenda walk over Times Square last year! Big fans! Sending them both love & light! 🙌🏽🙏🏽❤️
— Alisa Reyes (@AlisaReyes) March 5, 2020
Nik Wallenda Age
He was born on January 24, 1979, in Sarasota, Florida, United States. He is 41 years old.
Nik Wallenda Volcano
With a battery of airborne and ground cameras tracking his every move above Masaya volcano’s liver-shaped lake of red magma 1,800 feet below, Wallenda took just over 31 nail-biting minutes to follow 1,800 feet of steel cable to deliver an unprecedented performance.
Eyes protected by goggles, breathing filtered air to protect his lungs, the 40-year-old multiple Guinness World Record holder vanished into clouds of noxious fumes and watery heat, his progress monitored on a split-screen thermal camera. The wire took a 60-foot dip on the front end and required a 60-foot climb on the other side. And for the fifth time in eight years, a global audience breathed a sigh of collective relief when he cleared the wire.
In an opening act, Erendira performed graceful yoga in mid-air above the caldera, pulling upside down toe hangs from her aerial hoop, or lyra. She removed her mask in order to suspend her weight with her teeth.
Claiming to have been “freaked out” when his father Terry Troffer told him weeks ago that Masaya’s fumes were leaving slippery deposits on the equipment, Wallenda was as sure-footed Wednesday evening as he was during his nationally televised debut in 2012.
— Dan J. (@DanJ_official) March 5, 2020
Wallenda proposed to his future wife Erendira In 1999 (née Vasquez, from famous Mexican circus family) 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.
Wallenda 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 and his wife, Erendira, have three children togather: Yanni Wallenda, Amadeos Wallenda, and Evita Wallenda.
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.
Nik Wallenda’s net worth is estimated to be $4 million.