Alex Witt   |  June 29, 2013

Nik Wallenda recounts death-defying high-wire walk

Nik Wallenda talks to Richard Lui about his death-defying walk across the Grand Canyon on a wire.

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>> nick wallenda is no stranger for death defying stunks. take a look, a walk across the little colorado gorge near the grand canyon on a two-inch fire. 1,500 feet above the ground without a safety net . the first time it's ever been done before. joining me now is the epic high wire performer nick wallenda , also the author of a new book called "balance." thank you for joining us. and wow, i watched the entire walk that you had done. i've got to ask you, what was going through your mind throughout that entire space, especially when you had to kneel.

>> i was trying to stay very focused on that wire. it's important i don't build any frequency. there's nothing to take the vibration out of that cable. so as i walk, if i keep walking, i'll build a rhythm so big it will kick me off.

>> you were praying to jesus throughout the entire 20-mus-plus walk. you said in the past that you believe it's a gift that's been given to you by god in terms of your entire family being able to do these amazing performances. what do you think this does for your faith?

>> i always make sure it's clear, there's no way i believe that god keeps me on the wire. it's up to me whether i train properly. if i fall, it's not god's fault it's nick wallenda 's fault.

>> was there a point you didn't feel prepared?

>> mentally, it's more straining than anything. you can train all dilong, but when you get up 1,500 feet above the ground on a wire two inches above diameter with nobody around you and no safety, your training comes into play a lot.

>> you run at the end i noted. what's the idea behind that, just because you're so excited, not worried about falling off at that moment. it's just excitement. i can move quicker throughout that walk. but again, if i move too quick i build rhythms in the cable. at the end, i know if i'm running and build a rhythm, it won't come back to me. if i kick this end, it comes back through this way.

>> what have you trained for in terms of the the way you fall.

>> my entire life, if winds are getting too gusty, i wrap around the wire and hold on as much as 30 minutes . the rescuers will be to me in 30 seconds. my grandfather did what he was supposed to. the problem was he wasn't supposed to be walking the wire. he had an injured hernia and collarbone.

>> what were some of the thoughts you had when you hit the ground again.

>> this was a dream in the making. the first time i ever envisioned this i was a teenager. to be able to complete that dream at the age of 34 and do something again, complete yet another event no one has ever done, and complete it in the fashion i wanted to. over niagara fall, my network partner said you have to wear a tether. it's something that took my dream away.

>> your new book called "balance" what you do for your career, but what do you want people to take away from that book? why did you write it?

>> i hope that people are inspired every time i do an event. i hope they're inspired by that book. so many people reached out to me and said tell us your life story . it really is my life story at the age of 2 when i took that step off the wire at 2. nick wallenda may seem supernatur supernatural, but he's just a normal guy.

>> i would say more than a normal guy, based on what we've seen in your career so far. wow. i'll end it with that word, as i started it. amazing stuff that you do. appreciate you stopping by.

>> thanks for having me.

>> neick saying that his feet have no callouss, whatsoever. he also says he would like to retire by the time he turns 50. if you didn't see it last sunday, you can watch the walk on the discover kri channel at 8:00 p.m . eastern tomorrow. also the first time wallenda will be watching the historic walk. and giving commentary. a