ABOUT US

The High Wire Troupe

We, Geschwister Weisheit®, are purely a family company. We are on tour all around Germany and worldwide, already in the 6th generation.

During our long carrier we received many awards we are unbelievably proud of. These include the golden medal of honor for acrobatics, the Thuringian Order of Merit and the “Mention Speciale du Jury” (Special Prize of the Jury) at the 35th International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo.
Until now, our tours led us already through Germany, Thailand, Italy, Spain, Greece and Romania and this year to the Netherlands and Switzerland.

HISTORY

After more than 118 years of company history, we are the greatest ensemble of our kind by now.

The founder of the high wire dynasty Weisheit was Friedrich Wilhelm Weisheit (1875-1956). He was a skilled gunsmith and married Maria Traber (1878 – 1948), who came from an old acrobatic family. Since 1900 the couple travelled throughout the country with their five sons and offered music, clownery and high wire acrobatics to their audience.

One of the sons, Lorenz Weisheit (1908-1984), seperated from his parents in 1930 and started his own arena show with his wife Luise (1909-1999). They both had eight children, of which three stayed in the parental company.

In 1973 Rudolf Weisheit (*1942) took over the business from his father and developed

the family company further to what it is today – High Wire Troupe Geschwister Weisheit®.
Since 2010 Rudolf’s two sons, Peter Mario (*1961) and André (*1968), head the company.

THE HISTORY OF OUR MOTORCYCLE ACROBATICS

Our ancestors came up with the idea of driving a motorcycle across the ropes already in the fifties. So, in 1960, a 30 metre/99 feet high steel mast was custom-built espacially by the steelworks and rolling plant in Riesa, Germany. On this mast the steel ropes could be tightened. Two years later they started a first try to ride on the wire with an NSU Max, which proved to be absolutely inappropiate.
In 1964 they bought a MZ 350 BK. This machine conformed the requirements of the high wire and served loyally for many years.
Since 1970 our ensemble worked with two motorcycles on two ropes already and from 1977 stepped up to three motorcycles on three ropes tightened next to each other.
To adapt the machines for the use on those narrow ropes, the steering and suspension had to be immobilized. The tire equipment required inventiveness at first. Many years unpended moped wheels, which were screwed to the metal rim, were used.
It wasn’t until the beginning of the nineties TEGU WALZEN and SLEEVES GMBH Walterhausen (a company for rubber rollers in Germany) succeeded in producing tires which could be used for longer periods, even up to several years.
Until 2014 we worked with a MZ RT 125 and two MZ 125 SM.
In collaboration with the KTM authorised dealer Motorradsport Jakobi Gotha, two of the trademark KTM 200 Duke have been converted for the high wire use and serve us loyally since then.