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Nik Wallenda’s Zirkus
June 29, 2017 @ 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Nik Wallenda’s Zirkus, a thrilling variety show starring celebrated wire walker Nik Wallenda and an international troupe of circus performers. Combining suspense, amazement and laughter, each show will close with a recreation of the death-defying seven person pyramid made famous by the Wallenda family.
“This show is like Cirque du Soleil meets Ringling Brothers meets Blue Man Group,” said Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation member of the legendary Wallenda family. Known worldwide for his incredible feats upon the high wire, Nik is the holder of 10 World Records. He was the first person to walk a wire across the Grand Canyon and is only person to walk directly over the precipice of Niagara Falls.
Zirkus is circus in German, a nod to Nik Wallenda’s heritage, which he can trace back to the 1780’s in Germany.
The Big Finale
At the close of each show, Nik and his troupe recreate the seven-person pyramid, a heart-pounding act made famous by Nik’grandfather, Karl Wallenda, in 1947. The pyramid involves seven people, all strung together on a wire high above the ground. At the pinnacle of the pyramid, one member of the troupe stands on a chair.
The Wallenda family successfully performed this awe-inspiring feat all over the world until 1962, when tragedy struck. One of the performers lost his balance, causing the pyramid to collapse, resulting in the loss of two family members and causing Nik’s great-uncle Mario Wallenda to become paralyzed from the waist down.
For nearly a generation, the Wallenda family ceased performing this feat, leaving it behind in their storied legacy. However, in 1998 Nik was invited to return to Detroit to be a part of recreating the Pyramid for the first time since the fatal accident. Worldwide attention focused once again upon the Wallenda family as they proved to the world that they never give up. Since that year, the Wallendas are the only family in the world to perform this feat.
“The close of the show is what it’s all about. It’s a tribute to my family history,” Nik said. “We will literally be over the heads of the audience, without the use of any nets or safety devices whatsoever.”