Wallenda: A Biography of Karl Wallenda
Sagarin Press, 1976 - 182 pages
Death stalks high wire " ... the wire shuddered ... the seven people suspended for an instatn on the edge of certain death ... some fell and died others still go on ... this id the truth of the dangerous life of a hig wore artiste ..." So goes the suspenseful story of the life of Karl Wallenda; the most famous circus performer of this century. From the childhood days of poverty and performances in the Biergartens of World War One Germany to earn enough money to feed his family to the days of trimph and tradgedy as the headline act for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus the story of Karl Wallenda ia a tale of unremitting courage, gargantuan strength and simple pride in doing the one thing he could do. Karl Wallenfa has thrilled audiences for over 60 years and now his legend comes to you in this exciting book. You will be thrilled to read of the conquest of fear in the creation of heretofore impossible feats and saddened with the inevitable deaths when so much relies on pure courage and will. ... Jacket.
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I was the publisher. At the end of a performance Karl would FAKE trembling as if he was going to fall before he got off the wire it was real "performance art"!
As far back as 1780, in the cafes of Old Bohemia in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the ancestral Wallenda family was a traveling circus troupe consisting of acrobats, jugglers, clowns, aerialists and animal trainers all in one family.
The family is still performing today!
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