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June 16, 2011

Discovery Channel: LIFE ON A WIRE — Death-Defying Stunts

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Photo: Nik Wallenda walking high wire towards crane. (© Discovery Channel.)

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Photo: Nik Wallenda practices walking on the ferris wheel. (Photographer: Donaven Staab, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in house photographer. © Discovery Channel.)

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Photo: Episode Wheel of Death. Nik recovering from slip on Wheel of Death. (© Discovery Channel.)

Nik Wallenda doesn’t want to die. It just looks that way sometimes. He’s seventh generation of the legendary acrobatic family The Flying Wallendas, and is on a mission to bring his famous family’s skill, passion and showmanship to a new 21st Century audience.

On Wednesday, June 22, Discovery Channel will sneak peek LIFE ON A WIRE, a limited series commissioned by Discovery Channel that profiles Nik and his incredible family. Produced by RelativityREAL for Discovery, additional episodes are set to air later in 2011 on the network.

LIFE ON A WIRE shows how, through the help of his entire family, Nik creates spectacular acts that cheat death through science, skill and discipline.

The success of any of Nik’s acts — and, indeed, his very life — is dependent upon meticulous preparations that include engineering and wind speed analysis, conducted with a crew that includes his chief engineer (his uncle Mike), and his safety coordinator (his father Terry).

This past weekend, Nik and his mother Delilah made headlines around the world as they successfully walked a high wire in Puerto Rico.

Says Nik, “People ask me all the time - why do you do this? Why do you risk your life? My family has been doing this for seven generations. I was born doing it; it’s really all I know. It’s in my blood, it’s who I am and I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

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