the relaunch of the Big Apple Circus
In the circus world, a name like Nik Wallenda hardly needs to be introduced. Everyone knows who the Wallenda are – and most importantly, everyone knows who Nik is. In case you don’t, here’s a short bio. Nik Wallenda is a professional daredevil, wire walker and author who holds several world records. He is best known for crossing the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls. Nik has been nicknamed “King of the Highwire”. As for his family, the famous Wallendas brought his wire number from Germany to the United States in 1928 and toured with the Ringling Brothers until 1946. Today they are famous for their seven-person pyramid and d ‘other exploits. Kim Campbell recently caught up with Nik to ask him about the rebirth of the Big Apple Circus. Along the way, they also discussed highlights of Nik’s career, as well as his perspectives on how to cope with fears, creative decision-making, team building, and the current circus landscape. and entertainment. Read on to listen to the discussion.
Kim Campbell: I am delighted to hear about your new investment in relaunching the Big Apple Circus; it’s an east coast circus tradition. For some context, Circopedia says the Big Apple Circus is a beloved New York institution. It is a non-profit organization, founded in 1977 by Paul Binder and Michael Christensen, and was originally the performing arm of the New York School for Circus Arts. Over the years, it has undergone many transformations. It was last relaunched in 2017. In 2020, it was closed during the pandemic. Nik, what motivates you to bring back the Big Apple Circus? Nik Wallenda: You hit that point in the bio. My family history in the circus dates back to the 1780s. The circus is something in my blood. I was born and grew up doing it. I was lucky enough to have an incredible career that took me out of …
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