Top 10 Tightrope Walking Stunts
Here is the Top 10 Tightrope Walking Stunts
10.Lewis and Fitzpatrick
- The stunt performed in July 2015.
- An amazing amount of coordination, timing, and focus. As Lewis is walking across a tightrope suspended 20 feet above the ground with no safety gear, Fitzpatrick does a flip on his motocross bike beside him as Andrzejewski flies her plane under both of them.
- Luckily, the stunt went off without a hitch and they probably got to enjoy some Doritos and Mountain Dew afterwards.
9. Adili Wuxor
- Performed by Wuxor in September 2012, 1,150 feet high and 4,590 meters long.
- Adili Wuxor of China made headlines around the world for living 60 days on a tightrope.
- However, that is a bit misleading, because Wuxor, who is often referred to as the “Prince of Tight Rope Walking,”
- walked on a tightrope above the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing for five hours every day.
8. The Flying Wallendas
- The Wallendas are essentially the first family of tightrope walking.
- The stunt, which sounds like it would be hard enough to do on solid ground, involves four tightrope walkers on the bottom, two standing on poles that rest on the shoulders of the four on the bottom.
- Then on the top is a seventh person on a chair.
- While this would have been hard to just form, they actually walked the length of the tightrope in this formation.
- Sadly, this stunt didn’t always go as planned.
- In 1962, while performing at the State Fair Coliseum in Detroit, Michigan, a misstep caused the pyramid to crumble. Two men fell to their death and a third was paralyzed.
7. Dean Potter
- Dean Potter, who lived in New Hampshire most of his life, was an expert climber, tightrope walker, and BASE jumper.
- His most memorable tightrope walking stunt filmed in 2011 at Cathedral Peak in Yosemite National Park.
- In the video, called “Moonwalk”, Potter climbs to the peak, and in front of a full moon, he walks across the tightrope, before walking back. Obviously, there were no nets and it doesn’t look like he is wearing a safety harness.
- In 2015, Sadly , Potter (43years old) , with his climbing partner Graham Hunt, 29, both killed while performing a BASE jump at Yosemite National Park.
- The pair, who were wearing wing suits, jumped from a 7,500-foot ledge, but for some reason their parachutes didn’t deploy.
6. The Skyliners
- Doing the complete opposite of that was skydiving team the Skyliners who tried to walk between two hot air balloons over 2,600 feet in the air.
- Usually when performing a tightrope walk, it’s best to have two stable points in which to travel between because it makes the rope more stable to walk on.
- Of all the people who tried, none of them successfully got across.
- Luckily, everyone was wearing parachutes so no one was hurt.
- The very lucky Skyliners, because in January 2016, in France, French BASE jumper and member of the Flying Frenchies, Tancrède Melet, killed while preparing for the same stunt.
- He was just 32-years-old fell 100 feet to his death. .
- Three-year-old Xiaoyan of China is billed by her father as the world’s youngest tightrope walker.
- While it’s debatable if a child of that age should be tightrope walking in the first place, you have to question the stunt she that was forced to perform in 2010.
- The three year-old was forced to walk across a high wire that was 165 feet long and 29 feet above a tiger sanctuary.
- The girl’s father, Zhang Shenwen, forced his three-year-old daughter to tightrope walk over a habitat that housed nine fully grown Siberian tigers.
- Luckily for Xiaoyan, she was wearing a safety harness, especially considering that she fell three times while attempting to walk the 165 feet because the wind was too strong.
- After she fell, she dangled over the tigers, essentially daring them to jump up and get a free lunch.
4. Karl Wallenda
- Karl Wallenda’s most impressive skywalk happened on July 18, 1970, when Karl was 65-years-old and he crossed the Tallulah Gorge in Georgia.
- The tightrope was 750 feet above the rocky gorge, meaning a fall would have resulted in a horrible death. Amazingly, not only did Karl get across, he also stopped to do two headstands along the way.
- The most famous of the Flying Wallendas was Karl Wallenda.
- Sadly, Karl’s life came to an end while he was doing what he loved on March 22, 1978, at the age of 73.
- Karl was attempting to cross the two towers of the ten-story Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- The wind was strong that day, and it pushed Wallenda off the tightrope.
- He fell 121 feet to his death.
3. Nik Wallenda and Niagara Falls
- Nik Wallenda is one of the descendants of the Flying Wallenda family.
- His great grandfather is the famous Karl Wallenda and on June 4, 2011, Nik completed the walk between the two buildings of the ten-story Condado Plaza Hotel where his great-grandfather died.
- He said it was something that he always wanted to accomplish to honor the heritage of his famous family.
- However, Nik’s most impressive feat is crossing Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
- On June 14, 2012, starting on the American side, Nik walked along a two-inch-wide wire that went over Horseshoe Falls and onto Canadian soil.
- Nik didn’t want to wear a safety harness, but ABC, who was broadcasting his walk live, insisted that he wear one.
- He also had his passport on him since it was an international tightrope walk.
- It took Wallenda 25 minutes to cross into Canada and he said the worst part was that the mist got so bad that he couldn’t see.
- Besides crossing the Condado Plaza Hotel and Niagara Falls, Nik’s other impressive skywalks include crossing the Little Colorado River Gorge just outside Grand Canyon National Park.
- Then in 2014, he walked between two skyscrapers in Chicago; Marina City and the Leo Burnett Building. Nik says that in the future, he hopes he gets to do tightrope walking stunts at famous landmarks around the world like the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Great Pyramids of Egypt.
2. Freddy Nock
- The first is in August 2011 when he walked up the cables on a cable car at the Zugspitze Mountain in Germany.
- Swiss tightrope walker Freddy Nock has two really notable and absolutely insane tightrope walking stunts to his name.
- In 80-minutes, he walked 0.62 miles and he went up 1,148 feet in altitude.
- Amazingly, he did all of this without safety equipment or a balancing pole.
- His other highly notable tight rope walk was walking between mountain peaks in the Swiss Alps.
- Nock started off at the Biancograt peak and ended his journey at the Piz Prievlus peak, which is a height of 3,280 feet.
- The trip took him 39 minutes. Amazingly, there were no safety harness, the tight rope was only 0.7 inches thick, and Nock was 50-years-old when he completed the trek.
- Nock’s walk between the mountain peaks gave him claim to the title of highest tight rope walk. It was a record that had been held for 30 years by…
1. Philippe Petit
- French high wire artist Philippe Petit said that he first came up with the idea of walking between the two towers of the World Trade Center in 1968 when he was 18 while he was reading about the buildings in a dentist office.
- For the next six years, Petit planned what he called “the artistic crime of the century.”
- On the night of August 6, 1974, just a week before his 25th birthday, Petit and his teams snuck onto the roofs of the Twin Towers, and using a bow and arrow, they spent the night building the tightrope over the 130 foot span between the towers.
- Then at 7:00 a.m. Petit took his first steps.
- He was able to cross back and forth eight times before he was arrested.
- Instantly, Petit became a folk hero and a week later, all charges cleared in exchange for performing a show for children in Central Park.
- Petit and his World Trade Center crossing were made into the documentary Man on Wire, and it was also the basis for the film The Walk.
- In the years after his most famous walk, Petit continued to perform high wire acts in operas and other shows.
- His most notable walk was in Paris, France, in 1989.
- 2,300-foot inclined walk between Palais de Chaillot and the second story of the Eiffel Tower.