Feel the solid, flat ground beneath you. Isn’t it nice? Wouldn’t it be a real pain if someone were to replace your solid foundation with, say, a wire only three quarters of an inch thick?
Well, brace yourself: famed daredevil Nik Wallenda—scion of seven generations of legendary Flying Wallenda tightrope walkers—will attempt to walk across a tightrope between Chicago’s Marina City and Leo Burnett buildings this evening (November 2).
He’ll be crossing the Chicago river 50 stories above it. Because the Burnett building is taller, he’ll be walking up a 15 degree incline. Oh, and he’ll be blindfolded.
According to a doctor in Chicago, “it’s highly unlikely” that he would survive if he falls.
Walled himself isn’t worried.“This is going to be the most incredible tightrope walk of my career,” he said in a news release. “I can’t think of a better city to do it. I have fond memories of spending time performing in Chicago and the Midwest with my family.”
"Besides, it’s the ‘Windy City’ and there’s nothing like doing this during winter in Chicago,” he added. “That’s a challenge for me and I love to push myself to do things that most people think are impossible.”
Wallenda declined to wear a tether for the performance. His grandfather Karl Walled died in 1978 at the age of 73 when a misconnected support rope set him off balance.
Discovery Channel will broadcast the feat live tonight at 6 PM, which means he’ll be performing in darkness. Of course, that won’t matter because of the blindfold. Godspeed, Nik.