Nik Wallenda After the Niagara Wire Walk: Media Talk of Danger and Death ‘Becomes Debilitating’

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By Chris Ariens Comment

Well, he made it across. And Nik Wallenda made it look pretty easy, too.

In fact, after a two-hour pre-show followed by a 28-minute walk across Niagara Falls, 33-year-old Wallenda said the hardest part was explaining to his young family, including his three kids, that this is what the Wallendas do.

“I think that’s the hardest part of it, especially for my son,” said Wallenda to hosts Josh Elliott and Hannah Storm after the walk, part of three hours of programming on ABC tonight.

“It is dangerous, but the more you feed that stuff into your mind, the scarier it gets. With me, listening to media stories and building all that up and the strong winds and stuff. I know I can withstand strong winds, but if the media keeps playing up how dangerous and the death, in my head, it becomes debilitating to me.┬áSo I have to monitor how much of that I take into my own mind.

So as you can imagine, for my son, an 11-year-old, it’s hard for him to manage that, thinking, ‘I could lose my dad right now.'”

He didn’t. Wallenda is safe, in Canada tonight and already planning his next big stunt, across the Grand Canyon.