Christian Stuntman Nik Wallenda to Walk 'Extremely Unique' 400 Foot Ferris Wheel in Orlando

( [email protected] ) Apr 15, 2015 05:20 PM EDT
Nik Wallenda
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Over the years, the 35-year-old Florida resident has conducted numerous record-breaking feats, including one across the spectacular Niagara Falls.

Christian stuntman Nik Wallenda has revealed that on April 29, he plans to walk on top of a 400-foot-tall "observation wheel" called the Orlando Eye, while it's spinning.

"When I look for a new event--something to walk on, if you will--I'm always looking for something that will not only challenge me, but will inspire others, and I believe we found the perfect match for that," Wallenda said during a recent press conference.

He also specified that he will perform the stunt without a harness and without the aid of a balancing pole.

"It's extremely unique," the famous tightrope walker said. "My whole life is about facing death in the eyes. Do I think of death? Often."

Wallenda, who is a member of the "Flying Wallenda" family of circus stuntmen, is known for his risky, televised tightrope walks, usually over large landmarks including Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon.

The 35 year old Florida native credits his strong Christian faith for giving him the courage to complete his stunts, and he can often be heard praying as he walks across various tightropes.

"My faith plays a huge role in my life, and I am very blessed to be where I am. One of the questions I always get is, "Are you testing your faith / are you testing God?" I don't see it like that at all. I don't believe God keeps me on the wire," Wallenda told Christianity Today back in 2013.

"I believe God gives me a unique ability to walk the wire, but it's up to me whether I train properly. There's a lot of people that have amazing relationships with Christ that lose their lives in a car accident. Does that mean they didn't have a good enough relationship with Jesus? No. Life happens and God created us all in his image, but we're all our own people. We're not robots. We make decisions."

Because of his dedication to his faith, Wallenda's events typically feature constant prayer and appearances by his friend, megachurch pastor Joel Osteen.

"I prayed that God would give him strength and skill and that the gifts God had given him would come out to the full, that he would have focus and not be distracted, just that he would be at his best and the top of his game and the winds wouldn't be too strong," Osteen explained of his prayer before Wallenda's previous stunt, in which he walked a tightrope between two Chicago skyscrapers. " He's an extremely calm, peaceful person. He just believes he's in the palm of God's hand doing what he's supposed to do. So he's an amazing man, and we just prayed for peace and strength, though."

Meanwhile, the Orlando Eye's management celebrated Wallenda's latest stunt the announcement on Facebook, calling it a "stunt for the ages."