This time, he won’t wear a safety harness.
Nik Wallenda, the tightrope-walking stuntmaster who conquered Niagara Falls last month while tethered to a safety harness, will perform a high-wire act above the Atlantic City beach on Aug. 9.
The free show will feature Wallenda making a 1,500-foot walk that starts at Sovereign Avenue next to the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel and finishes at Tropicana Casino and Resort.
Wallenda hopes to complete the walk in 27 minutes, using only a 24-foot balance pole while on a narrow tightrope 100 feet above the beach. No harness or other safety mechanisms will be in place.
“I invite guests to come up and join me if they don’t think it’s dangerous,” Wallenda joked in an interview with The Press of Atlantic City.
Wallenda was required by ABC to wear a safety harness as a condition of his nationally televised, 1,550-foot tightrope walk over Niagara Falls on June 15. He said he didn’t need it.
“I never wore one before the falls and I hope not to wear one ever again,” he said.
Wallenda said he believes he is the first person ever to attempt a high-wire act above the beach anywhere. One challenge will be potentially dangerous winds blowing off the ocean, he noted.
“I don’t think anyone has done this type of walk, especially this distance and height above the beach,” he said.
The beach stunt is a prelude to a show of tightrope walking and other acrobatics that Wallenda and his daredevil family will perform at Tropicana’s theater from Aug. 12 through Sept. 22.
The Atlantic City Alliance, a marketing coalition that promotes the city, said Wallenda’s beach walk is the type of spectacle that will draw more tourists to the resort over the summer.
“Atlantic City has a long tradition of jaw-dropping feats that entertain, inspire and amaze,” said Liza Cartmell, the alliance’s president. “This free event along the famed Boardwalk with the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop is perfect for Atlantic City visitors.”