Wallendas Seven Person Pyramid
In the mid 1940’s, family patriarch Karl Wallenda created the Wallenda’s most defining feat on the wire, the 7 person pyramid. Continuing in his endeavor to create ever more daring and unique tricks, Karl modeled his vision for the rest of the family: 7 people, 3 levels, 4 men on the wire connected by shoulder bars, 2 more men standing atop those bars connected by yet another shoulder bar, finished by 1 woman at the very pinnacle. The mere assembly of the pyramid on the wire required the highest level of intricacy, and crossing the wire required all seven members to coordinate their movements as one. In 1947, the Wallenda’s premiered this epic feat, and for 14 years, it was their defining triumph on the wire. However, in 1962, it also became the source of the Wallenda’s greatest tragedy, when the pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit. For years, the seven person pyramid was relegated to the archives of Wallenda family lore; but in 1999, it would again be at the heart of one of the Wallenda’s greatest triumphs. Returning to Detroit, to the very same arena in which the pyramid had fallen, the 6th and 7th generations of the Wallenda family joined together to pay tribute to the generations that had gone before them, and successfully performed the pyramid to the amazement of sold out audiences and world wide media. At the time, the youngest member in the pyramid, Nik Wallenda now continues to carry the legacy forward, training and leading his troupe in performing “the seven”, and exhibiting the spirit of the Wallenda family that in triumph or tragedy will Never Give Up.