• Short Summary

    Sixty-nine-year-old American tightrope walker Karl Wallenda risked his life for charity on a highwire over a circus tent in London on Wednesday (13 November).

  • Description

    Sixty-nine-year-old American tightrope walker Karl Wallenda risked his life for charity on a highwire over a circus tent in London on Wednesday (13 November).

    In blustering winds and drizzling rain, Wallenda walked along 300 feet (about 95 metres) of wire suspended 70 feet (about 22 metres) above one of Europe's largest big tops, that of Mary Chipperfield's circus.

    He said he risked his life without payment to underline the 10,000 daily deaths due to the world food shortage.

    The event was sponsored by an American group called "Food for the Forgotten" During the 40 minutes Wallenda was on the high-wire, an estimated 240 people died of starvation in various parts of the world.

    Wallenda belongs to one of the world's most famous circus families, and has lost two members of his immediate family through high-wire accidents.

    This film includes an interview with Wallenda, a transcription of which is on the following page.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABX0C78X2OUKNTEC18DO5GUY7M
    Media URN:
    VLVABX0C78X2OUKNTEC18DO5GUY7M
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/11/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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