Mr. Karl Wallenda, a 71-year-old tight-rope walker strolled along a wire strung across the front?
Mr. Karl Wallenda, a 71-year-old tight-rope walker strolled along a wire strung across the front of a London hotel on Monday (22 November).
SYNOPSIS: The wire was suspended 30 metres (100 ft.) above the concrete forecourts of the Tower Hotel. It was 127 metres (350 ft.) long. With no safety net beneath him, Mr. Wallenda crossed the wire as Londoners and a good number of overseas visitors peered up from nearby Tower Bridge.
Despite the sharp wind -- the performer paused half-way across the wire and stood on his head. German-born Karl Wallenda, a great-grandfather, head of the world renowned family of high-wire acrobats started his career in Germany during the First World War. He performed his greatest feat in 1970, when he walked 350 metres (1100 ft.) across the 220 metres (750 ft.) deep Tallulah Gorge in the U.S.A. He is in London as one of the judges in Circus World Championship Competition in Clapham, south London this week.
As in the past -- his latest stunt won him the admiration of many ordinary pedestrians and spectators.