NEW YORK—Clown Bello Nock successfully completed a daring walk along a 100-foot high steel cable between two buildings at the Lincoln Center Plaza on Tuesday.
With the help of a 40-pound balance bar, Nock covered the 225-foot-long slanted wire in less than half an hour.
Nock, a New Yorker, was named ‘America’s Best Clown’ by Time Magazine in 2001. He is known for his gravity-defying hair and daring stunts.
“I love doing what no one else does, and I do it in a funny way,” Nock said.
A crowd of speechless spectators watched as Nock performed the challenging wire walk. Among them were Mary Blackwood and Angela Jorsevics from Australia.
“I think it’s a terrible gamble, there is not even a safety net,” added Jorsevics.
“I’m speechless, I’ve never seen anything like that before,” said Blackwood. “At the end his foot started to wobble, he was going from left to right.”
Nock succeeded in his sky-walking attempt, but not without challenges. “As I was walking over the cable, the ground doesn’t move, but the fountain does, that’s why I had to stop sometimes, as it looked like the cable was moving,” said Nock.
The last steps were tough for the clown, he said. The way the cable was attached meant the end angle of the cable was 30 percent, rather than the overall 20 percent angle further back.
Nock’s skywalk ushers in the Big Apple Circus season at the Lincoln Center.