ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Just a few weeks after making history traversing Niagara Falls on a tightrope, Nik Wallenda of the Flying Wallendas was back on top. This time, Wallenda hovered high above the Atlantic City boardwalk for a death-defying walk.
The 33-year-old started 125 feet up at the Atlantic Club Casino and finished at the Tropicana Casino and Resort. The Wallenda family will be performing at the Tropicana starting Sunday.
It took the seventh-generation tightrope walker less than a half hour to complete the 1,300-foot walk. Wallenda did not use a harness or a safety net for the stunt.
“I was looking down, enjoying myself. A guy kept asking me, he was walking along giving the thumbs up, and communicating with my guys downstairs as well,” Wallenda told CBS 2’s Diana Rocco.
An estimated crowd of 100,000 watched on and cheered as Wallenda crossed the wire that was just the width of a nickel.
“Very scary, he’s a brave man!” one onlooker told Rocco. “I’m terrified just watching him. I can’t believe it, it’s amazing,” said another spectator.
But Wallenda said the walk wasn’t as smooth as he would have liked.
“The ropes weren’t as stable as I expected and as you saw in the beginning, I backed onto the wire with one shoe on and one off and that was because there was so much sand on the cable stuck to it which I didn’t expect. I was worried I was going to slip,” Wallenda told Rocco.
The Wallenda Family Experience show opens at the Tropicana on Sunday and runs through mid-September.
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