Fresh from his recent tightrope walk across Niagara Falls, high wire performer Nik Wallenda has signed-off on a deal that will have him wire walk high above the beach in Atlantic City.
The event, which will be offered free to the public and take place on August 9, will have Wallenda walk 1,500 feet starting at Sovereign Avenue and the Beach, adjacent to Atlantic Club Casino, and finish above the beach at Tropicana Casino & Resort. Wallenda 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.
The stunt is being sponsored by the Atlantic City Alliance as part of its “DO AC” public relations campaign.
“Atlantic City has a long tradition of jawâdropping feats that entertain, inspire and amaze,” said Liza Cartmell, president of the Atlantic City Alliance. “This free event along the famed Boardwalk with the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop is perfect for AC visitors. Considering the immense media attention that follows Nik and his broad appeal in pop culture, his appearance will shine a bright spotlight on AC. We know people will not want to miss this.”
This Atlantic City walk comes just a month and half after Wallenda completed a lifelong dream of becoming the only person in the world to tightrope walk directly over the precipice of the Niagara Falls. Drawing in over 19 million viewers on live TV, the Niagara Falls stunt achieved ABC's highest ratings of a summer nonâsports telecast since 2006.
Nik Wallenda's next high wire act to take place in Atlantic City
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