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Published On: Mon, Oct 6th, 2014

Nik Wallenda confirms he’ll wear blindfold for Chicago tightrope walk

Nik Wallenda, “The King of the Highwire,” announced today that he is planning to walk a portion of the tightrope walk over the Chicago skyline wearing a blindfold.

The broadcast titled SKYSCRAPER LIVE WITH NIK WALLENDA will air live around the world in more than 220 countries beginning at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT, Sunday, November 2, on the Discovery Channel.

photo supplied by The Discovery Channel

photo supplied by The Discovery Channel

It will be hosted by NBC News’ Willie Geist, Natalie Morales and The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore.

“I’m always pushing myself both physically and emotionally. I hope to inspire people around the world and show that the impossible is not so impossible if you set your mind to it,” said the 35-year-old Wallenda.  “This has been a dream of mine and something that I’ve been practicing for awhile.”

For the first part of the tightrope crossing, Wallenda will walk further than two city blocks – uphill rising to a 15-degree angle – from the iconic Marina City’s west tower to the Leo Burnett Building at more than 50 stories high above the Chicago River.  Not only will this be the highest skyscraper walk in the history of the Flying Wallenda family, it will be the first time that he has ever attempted it at such a steep angle.

Nik will then be blindfolded for the second part of the tightrope walk, which will span from the Marina City’s west tower to the east tower.  Dozens of cameras will be positioned across the city and on helicopters – capturing every step as Wallenda attempts to cross one of the windiest sections of Chicago.

“For both parts of the tightrope walk, I’m going to face challenges like I’ve never experienced before,” Wallenda said.  “I’ll not only need incredible physical strength to complete this walk, but laser-focused concentration.  I’m incredibly excited to show the world what you can do if you put your mind to it, pursue your dreams and never give up.”

In addition, viewers who go online will get a front row seat to the event at SkyscraperLive.com.  Available in 60 countries and 14 languages, the site will bring viewers from around the world to Chicago.  Fans can join Nik on his training journey through the ‘Road to Skyscraper’ video series and take the walk for themselves with the 360 virtual walk and 3-D interactive experience. With additional camera angles from the walk and a live backstage pre-show with host Chris Jacobs, SkyscraperLive.com will take online viewers behind-the-scenes as Wallenda attempts his most thrilling high wire walk yet.

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