The Flying Wallendas were and are a travelling circus
troupe. They're a family of juggler
s, animal trainer
s and all around entertainers who have dazzled the world for over two centuries. They're most widely known for their amazing aerial acrobatics. Beginning in the 1780s in Bohemia
in the Austro-Hungarian
Empire, they travelled throughout Europe
and by the late 1800s, had focused their efforts on the flying trapeze
. At first they were called the Great Wallendas when they headlined the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus
through the 1930s and 1940s. They debuted their act working without a net
because it had been lost in shipping. They recieved a standing ovation that lasted fifteen minutes. From that day on they would be known as the Flying Wallendas. They have achieved such feats as the seven-person pyramid
, sky walks
on a tightrope
, and many other incredible feats. Their tricks have not been without loss. Many Wallendas have fallen to their deaths over the years, but members of the family have vowed to continue on in their stead. Karl Wallenda once said, "Life is being on the wire, everything else is just waiting."
This amazing family of entertainers still thrill audiences to this day, with a schedule of appearances set up a year in advance. They're still in demand even to this day.