The Flying Wallendas have been walking across tightropes since 1922, and are known for their impressive feats of 4 person, 3 level pyramids and 7 person pyramids. The Flying Wallendas is a family act which has incorporated seven generations of family members throughout the years since the start of their circus debut.
How it all go started; Karl Wallenda was born in Magdeburg, Germany, in 1905. He was performing in the family show at age six and doing stunts in beer halls at age eleven. His feature was stacking several chairs and doing a handstand on the top chair. In the early 1920s, he answered an ad in a trade paper for “an experienced hand balancer with courage.” The job consisted of following behind a wire-walker, Louis Weitzmann, out to the middle of the wire and doing a handstand on Weitzmann’s feet as he lay down on the cable. Karl learned the art from him and in 1922, began to develop his own act,
recruiting his brother Herman, an aerialist named Josef Geiger, and a teenage girl, Helen Kreis, who would
eventually become Karl’s wife.
The Great Wallendas were headliners with Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus during much of the 1930s and 1940s.
Now the faces representing the Wallendas are grandchildren, Tino and Delilah, Tino’s wife Olinka and there daughters Alida and Aurelia, Alessandro, Sacha Pavlata (A fifth generation performer of an esteemed circus family), Robinson Cortes (A third generation circus performer and native of Columbia), Trevor McNabb, Rietta (6th Generation Wallenda), Lyric (7th Generation Wallenda, Rietta’s daughter)
On February 20, 2001, the Wallendas once again accomplished a trick never even attempted. For the cameras of Fox TV’s Guinness Records Primetime, the Wallendas assembled an 8-Person, 3-Level Pyramid. To secure their record, they added 2 more family members to form the first and only 10-Person Pyramid.