How To Tightrope Walk

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Nik Wallenda is going to tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon this Sunday! So how will he do it? What sort of tips, tricks, and equipment will he use to complete the feat successfully? Join Anthony as he breaks down the physics of tightrope walking.

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Smerkuh June 25, 2013 - 7:09 AM


Smerkuh June 25, 2013 - 7:09 AM


Tye Taylor June 26, 2013 - 9:59 PM

I think a little part of all of us wanted him to fall.

TiagoTiago June 28, 2013 - 6:41 AM

Scratch on the rope?

TiagoTiago June 28, 2013 - 6:43 AM

It would be much easier if his pole had a kinda inverted U shape placing the center of mass bellow the rope so that even if he leaned too much the weight would torque him back into standing straight on top of the rope…

Robert Thompson July 7, 2013 - 12:33 PM

I'd piss myself.

Maven Dissector July 21, 2013 - 9:04 PM

You forgot the part where you chant "ooohh Jesus" in a sexual manner.

Dio El Diablo de Ojos Grises August 7, 2013 - 1:27 AM

if he didnt have his pole he would hall instantly
its not skillfull at all

vgamesx1 August 19, 2013 - 4:30 AM

if thats so, I'm sure we'd all love to see you go do it and then upload a video of it.

Dio El Diablo de Ojos Grises August 19, 2013 - 4:31 AM

anyone can do it
litterally anyone

Fluffy Bunnies October 19, 2013 - 6:53 AM

Not everyone can spell.

Dio El Diablo de Ojos Grises October 19, 2013 - 7:39 AM

oh i see
because i misspelled a couple words?
fucking amazing

Wat song October 19, 2013 - 1:40 PM

Couple = 2.
You misspelt several.

Hillary Smith November 18, 2013 - 6:32 AM

so, with a lower center of gravity, probably women would have an advantage in walking tightropes?

Skootle Bug December 15, 2013 - 2:24 PM

i wanted to see a bird try to land on the pole

Kiran Jha April 16, 2014 - 8:19 PM

I came here because I want to learn how to be like Sly Cooper.

KINH KHA July 26, 2014 - 4:53 AM

ĐI GIÂY…     

Shuka B December 27, 2014 - 1:26 AM

Most of the physics here is either wrong, poorly applied or just plain irrelevant.

Beautiful Siren January 22, 2015 - 7:22 AM

Thanks for explaining. I tried tightrope walking today. Made 3 steps. Aint bad.

Carl Rees May 25, 2015 - 2:43 PM

is this about tightrope walking or a presenter in a silly jumper in the video 95% of the time, rubbish. waste of time.

korgusborkin July 13, 2015 - 10:39 AM

Thx for the tutorial!

animal expert 101 August 3, 2016 - 1:00 PM

my dream is to bungie jump out of a helicopter

Muhammad Shah August 27, 2016 - 12:56 AM

they also have lazer sharp focus

Nics P November 2, 2016 - 3:09 AM

do more tight rope vids

Dank December 15, 2016 - 6:44 PM

This helped so much

Andrejs 182 July 27, 2017 - 4:37 AM

If they have to keep moving how did Phillippe Petite lay down his back on a tighrope walk across the two world trade centers

High Windy Rod holder October 31, 2019 - 9:20 AM

Its good but it’s not okay I am 7

High Windy Rod holder October 31, 2019 - 9:21 AM

And I treyeastx

lunaaticly September 13, 2020 - 7:38 PM

Thank you! Time to run away to the circus UvU

Dhavid Amadeus October 26, 2020 - 6:38 AM

Title should be: How to talk about walking the wire without ever trying to do it. trust the dude, he's a physicist, he knows his theory.