Delilah Wallenda was born in Sarasota, Florida to the family that has been commonly referred to as the first family of the air, The Great Wallendas. As far back as she can remember she traveled in the unique world of the circus along with her extended family, all which were led by her grandfather Karl.
“In 1928 John Ringling brought the Wallenda Troupe from Germany to perform in his “Greatest Show On Earth.” It was opening night in Madison Square Gardens and the Wallendas had just completed a heart-stopping routine of breathtaking feats on the high wire 50 feet above the concrete floor. The arena came alive with whistling, cheering and foot-stomping. The Wallendas ran back to their dressing room in fear of what might happen next for you see back in those times over in Europe whistling and foot-stomping was the same as being booed off the stage. Certain they would be fired on the spot and their dreams of coming to America would soon vanish, there was a pounding on the dressing room door and the ringmaster demanded that they return to the arena floor for he could not restart the show until the Wallendas received a fifteen minute standing ovation. The rest as they say is history.”
The Wallendas can trace back their circus lineage to a time when a man named George Washington became president of a brand new country. It was many years later that the family had a new beginning here in America… on an opening night in Madison Square Gardens.
As a young girl growing up watching her relatives perform some of the most astounding feats on the high wire, Delilah often dreamed of one day standing at the apex of that human pyramid, made up of family members who literally risked their lives each time they climbed to the peak of the big top. When Delilah was old enough to begin training for the act she discovered early on that it required not only focus, physical strength and courage but also the desire to show audiences what the human spirit is capable of achieving. Delilah learned these lessons from her grandfather Karl while performing in his troupe. Today Delilah continues to travel and to share her remarkable stories of performing the alongside her famous family and through perseverance and determination how to achieve what seems impossible.