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"Danger by Design" is a reality docu-series on Science featuring Nik Wallenda, "King of the Highwire" and seventh generation descendent of the legendary Wallenda Family acrobatic troupe, who is on a mission to bring his death-defying skills to a 21st century audience. On the heels of his latest unprecedented stunt of attempting a tightrope walk over Niagara Falls, the series documents Nik and his family as they create spectacular acts that cheat death through science, skill and discipline.

"Danger by Design" delves into the family affair that is the business of the famous Wallenda family. The success of any of Nik's acts — and, indeed, his very life — is dependent upon meticulous preparations to withstand the elements, conducted with a crew that includes his chief engineer (his uncle Mike), and his safety coordinator (his father Terry). From wind speed analysis to engineering explosives, Nik carries on his family's legacy, pushing the limits of science further than ever before. For Nik and his family, even in the toughest of circumstances, the show must go on.

"People ask me all the time — why do you do this? Why do you risk your life?" said Nik Wallenda. "My family has been doing this for seven generations. I was born doing it; it's really all I know. It's in my blood, it's who I am and I can't imagine doing anything else."

"Danger by Design" is produced for Science by RelativityREAL/The Jay and Tony Show. Executive producers are Jay Blumenfield, Tony Marsh and Tom Forman from RelativityREAL. Winston Simone and David Simone are executive producers from DSW Entertainment. Josh Berkley is the executive producer for Science. Bernadette McDaid is vice president of production for Science, and Myers is general manager and executive vice president for Science.


Network: Science Channel
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: June 18, 2012
Seasons: 1
Production Companies:
The Jay and Tony Show
DSW Entertainment

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