July 19, 2012 -
Atlantic City is known for its high-risk activities inside its casinos. What’s more risky than, say, Revel moving all-in on the luxury end of the market.
Well, Nik Wallenda, 33, and his family known as “The Flying Wallendas” hope to set the bar a bit higher this summer.
Wallenda is perhaps most famous for his June 15 tightrope walk across the precipice of Niagara Falls. He is now set to perform another vertigo-inducing high wire act above the Atlantic City beach.
The stunt, which will be free to the public, is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9. The 1,500 foot walk will begin at Sovereign Avenue and the beach, adjacent to Atlantic Club Casino, and finish above the beach at Tropicana Casino & Resort.
Wallenda, who has described himself as “The King of the Wire,” hopes to complete the walk in 27 minutes, using only a 24-foot balance pole.
No harness or other safety mechanisms will be in place for the walk.
The stunt will be done in anticipation of “Beyond the Falls: Nik Wallenda & the Wallenda Family Experience,” which is scheduled to run from Aug. 12 until Sept. 22 at the Tropicana Showroom. The show will include a variety of acts performed by the Nik and the rest of the Wallendas, including a silks routine and an array of innovative high wire stunts.
By Joe O’Neill