Aisikaier Wubulikasimu is one of the most skilled high-wire artists in the world, and, now, he’s also one of the luckiest.
On July 7, the Chinese daredevil fell 130 feet into a gorge in China’s Hunan province while trying to set a high-wire world record. Miraculously, he walked away from the fall with only minor injuries.
Chinese media captured the incident, which occured while Aisikaier was attempting to walk backwards, blindfolded along a cable strung across the 2,300-foot-wide gorge. At the point of the fall, Aisikaier had been walking on the rope, unharnessed for more than 50 minutes. Just 131 feet of cable remained between him and the finish line when Aisikaier lost his balance and plummeted to the hillside.
Emerging from the shrubs with only scratches and bruises, he blamed the incident on fatigue and a gust of wind that took him by surprise. Had he fallen towards the midpoint of his stunt, where the cable stretches 650 feet above ground, Aisikaier may not have been so lucky.
Perhaps, however, luck runs in the family. Aisikaier is a sixth generation star of Dawa Zi, a traditional tightrope stunt performed by China’s Uighur enthic group.
Aisikaier holds several Guinness World Records, including the fastest 100 meter tightrope (44.63 seconds) and steepest tightrope (36 degrees).