My name is Nik Wallenda, and I’m a 7th generation daredevil from the Flying Wallenda family. I spent the past 2 years working tirelessly to lobby governments in two countries and change laws that have been in place for over a hundred years. Why? I wanted to achieve my life long dream and be the first person ever to walk across Niagara Falls on a tight rope. On June 15th, that dream came true.
I live my life following a simple but powerful mantra- never give up! In 1978 my grandfather fell to his death walking a tightrope between 2 buildings in Puerto Rico. I recently did that same walk in his memory.
Tight Rope is a performance art that has been passed down in our family for generations. It is the apex of engineering and personal discipline requiring strength and sharp mental focus to keep balanced on a tensioned wire between two points. Tightrope walking is a part of American history and has been a form of popular entertainment since the circuses of the 1700’s. With this walk over Niagara Falls I wanted to elevate and evolve the art, just as my personal hero and great-grandfather Karl Wallenda did with the 7 person chair pyramid Flying Wallendas.
So why am I on Indiegogo? I may be the first man to be granted the right to attempt the walk, but I’m not the first who tried to seek permission. It was a long and arduous process that at times felt impossible. With the miraculous support of my family, friends, local and federal government officials, a lot of patience and persistence we did the impossible… and now I’m coming to you, the Indiegogo community to be that last bit of support that makes this possible.
One of the conditions of the walk was that I had to finance it myself. No government assistance was provided and in fact I had to pay for all government services. We have been able to offset most of these costs but not all of them. The unforeseen costs that popped up last minute are huge. I’m coming to you Indiegogo. Be a part of this important moment in history. Help me compensate all of the people that made the impossible happen.
I am asking for your help in raising $50,000. Thanks to everyone who watched the walk, and for all of your support. It means the world to me.
This is so exciting! How else can I help?
Every bit of support helps! You can connect with me on Facebook and share this campaign with your friends. You can donate for one of the great rewards listed to the right. We are also willing to go above and beyond the listed rewards if you are! For donations above $10,000, we can work out something very special such as a high-wire walk in your home town.
DSW Entertainment 212-974-5322
What is your fundraising goal? What will the money go to?
Our goal is $50,000. They money will go towards:
- Unforeseen issues
What happens if you don't reach your goal?
Don't let this happen, please! Any amount will help us cover our costs, but we really need to reach (and hopefully surpass!) our goal in order to pay everyone that made this happen!
If I donate, when will I receive my reward?
4-6 weeks after the walk is completed, we will contact you for your personal information, and send your reward right afterwards!
Certain rewards, such as the book, will not be sent until they are available.
I want more information! How can I contact you?
Keep an eye on my Facebook page, look for me on your local and national news, and join me on June 15th as I walk across Niagara Falls! For any media, sponsorship, or business requests, please contact my management company:
DSW Entertainment 212-974-5322
Team on This Campaign:
King of the High Wire