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  • Jenny Wallenda, matriarch of circus family, dies at 87

    04/06/2015 9:06:42 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 10 replies
    CBS ^ | April 5, 2015
    Jenny Wallenda, 87, the matriarch of the famous family of high-flying circus performers, died late Saturday at her home in Sarasota, Florida, according to family members. Wallenda's nephew, Rick Wallenda, said his aunt died following a lengthy illness. "She had a great life in entertainment, a very rewarding and rich life," he said. Wallenda was the oldest daughter of high wire walker Karl Wallenda and grandmother of daredevil performer Nik Wallenda.
  • Risking a Life for TV Ratings: Wallenda’s Stunt for Discovery Channel Points to Audience Troubles

    11/02/2014 8:44:20 AM PST · by RightGeek · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/31/2014 | Emily Steel
    For live television, luring viewers has truly become a matter of life and death. As the sun sets over the Chicago skyline on Sunday, the daredevil Nik Wallenda plans to cover his eyes with a blindfold and step onto a tightrope strung between two Chicago skyscrapers, 600 feet above the city, without a net or a harness. Dozens of cameras will document the stunt for the Discovery Channel, beaming each death-defying step onto television and digital screens across more than 220 countries. ... The high-wire act illustrates the extreme risks some television networks are taking to attract lucrative, live audiences...
  • Nik Wallenda Constantly Prayed to Jesus During Successful Grand Canyon Tightrope Walk

    06/24/2013 9:57:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 114 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/24/2013 | Anugrah Kumar
    High wire artist Nik Wallenda constantly prayed to Jesus as he walked without a harness on a 1,400-foot long high-wire across a 1,500-foot tall gorge near the Grand Canyon on Sunday, successfully completing the death-defying feat that was broadcast live on the Discovery Channel. "Thank you Lord. Thank you for calming that cable, God," The Associated Press quoted Wallenda as saying as he had reached halfway through the tightrope. He had no safety tether attaching him to his line at a height taller than the Empire State Building, and was facing sudden wind gusts of over 20 mph. Discovery chose...
  • Obama Tightrope Act: “I'm up in the spotlight, oh does it feel right”

    06/24/2013 8:29:43 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-24-2013 | MOTUS
    Did you catch Big Guy’s high wire act over the Grand Canyon last night?     Okay, you caught me: that’s Nik Wallenda.   “Tight Rope”: Leon Russell BO’s not really a high wire artist, although he does play one on television regularly. Take, for example, gay marriage where he “straddled the fence” so-to-speak right up until the moment in the campaign where he discovered he was for it after having been against it.     Or Syria, where it looked like the bright red line would give us plenty of turf to walk lightly  while waiting for reinforcements.  ...
  • Will Nik Wallenda make it Live? Thread?

    06/23/2013 2:08:13 PM PDT · by al baby · 76 replies
    Today | Self
    At 8ET/5PT tonight, Nik Wallenda, the 'King of the High Wire,' will attempt to cross the Grand Canyon while the world watches. Discovery
  • The Great Wallenda

    06/23/2013 7:01:44 PM PDT · by Former MSM Viewer · 95 replies
    He made it!!! And gave profuse thanks to God!
  • Jesus 'omitted' from Niagara Falls crossing

    06/18/2012 12:41:09 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 20 replies ^ | June 17, 2012 | Joe Kovacs
    SARASOTA, Fla. – Despite Nik Wallenda’s frequent mentions of God the Father and Jesus during his high-wire crossing of Niagara Falls Friday night, an ABC News blog documenting virtually every moment of the achievement makes no mention of his verbal thanks to the Creator. Wallenda, 33, the great grandson of legendary tightrope walker Karl Wallenda, walked across Niagara Falls on a high wire, as hundreds watched on TV at a block party in his Florida hometown of Sarasota, Fla., and millions of others tuned in for ABC television coverage. Wallenda was fitted with a microphone during his tension-filled, 25-minute saunter...