English: This is a photo of Nik Wallenda walking on a tight rope from Medieval Fare to Wonder Mountain at Canada's Wonderland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
EXCITEMENT RETURNS! July 9 – September 2, 2016
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (May 17, 2016) —Come one come all to Taj Mahal to see Nik Wallenda’s Zirkus, a thrilling variety show starring celebrated wire walker Nik Wallenda and an international troupe of circus performers. Combining suspense, amazement and laughter, each show will close with a recreation of the death-defying seven person pyramid made famous by the Wallenda family. Nik Wallenda’s Zirkus will enthrall audiences July 9 through September 2, 2016 in the Xanadu Theater.
“This show is like Cirque du Soleil meets Ringling Brothers meets Blue Man Group,” said Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation member of the legendary Wallenda family. Known worldwide for his incredible feats upon the high wire, Nik is the holder of 10 World Records. He was the first person to walk a wire across the Grand Canyon and is the only person to walk directly over the precipice of Niagara Falls.
“This is exactly the type of show Atlantic City summer visitors of all ages love to see. You will not believe what these performers can do,” said Tony Rodio, President and CEO of Tropicana Entertainment, the management company for Taj Mahal. “Nik Wallenda’s Zirkus is a great addition to a summer of exciting entertainment events happening right here at Taj Mahal.”
Zirkus is circus in German, a nod to Nik Wallenda’s heritage, which he can trace back to the 1780’s in Germany.
Nik Wallenda’s Zirkus will leave audiences gasping with acts that range from elegant routines on aerial silks to astonishing feats of strength, balance and concentration. Starring alongside Nik Wallenda are: his wife and aerialist Erendira Vazquez Wallenda; German Wheel master Ivan Vargas; trapeze and Roman Ring artist Khera Lorraine Smith; aerialist Meredith “Tommy” Tomlins; hula hoop sensation Lianna Ashton, chair balance artist Dieter Galambos; and acclaimed performers Blake Wallenda, Alec Bryant, Zebulon “Zeb” Fricke, Ryley Marquis and Nicholas “Nick” Slimick.
The husband-and-wife team of Ihosvanys Perez and Virginia Tuells take supporting each other to a whole new level in an amazing hand-balancing act called Duo Fusion. Adding comic relief to the heart-pounding stunts is Al Calienes and his beloved clown character “Remarkable Renaldo.” Nik Wallenda’s Zirkus is hosted by ringmaster Ty McFarlan, who spent four years as the 34th ringmaster for Ringling Bros.
The Big Finale
At the close of each show, Nik and his troupe recreate the seven-person pyramid, a heart-pounding act made famous by Nik’grandfather, Karl Wallenda, in 1947. The pyramid involves seven people, all strung together on a wire high above the ground. At the pinnacle of the pyramid, one member of the troupe stands on a chair.
The Wallenda family successfully performed this awe-inspiring feat all over the world until 1962, when tragedy struck. One of the performers lost his balance, causing the pyramid to collapse, resulting in the loss of two family members and causing Nik’s great-uncle Mario Wallenda to become paralyzed from the waist down.
For nearly a generation, the Wallenda family ceased performing this feat, leaving it behind in their storied legacy. However, in 1998 Nik was invited to return to Detroit to be a part of recreating the Pyramid for the first time since the fatal accident. Worldwide attention focused once again upon the Wallenda family as they proved to the world that they never give up. Since that year, the Wallendas are the only family in the world to perform this feat.
“The close of the show is what it’s all about. It’s a tribute to my family history,” Nik said. “We will literally be over the heads of the audience, without the use of any nets or safety devices whatsoever.”
Show time is Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday 7p, Friday 9p and Saturday 8p. Matinees are 3:30 PM on July 20, August 10 and August 24. There are no shows on Mondays and Tuesdays. Tickets are $40 reserved seating, $30 for adults and $15 for children age 16 and under, plus tax and fees. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Show schedule subject to change.
About Taj Mahal
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