Philippe Petit





Philippe Petit

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born
in Nemours, France
August 13, 1949

gender
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Philippe Petit became famous in August 1974 for his high-wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. His walk is known as the "artistic crime of the century". Petit has performed high-wire walks around the world, and a 2008 documentary based on his adventure, Man on Wire, won numerous awards and critical praise.


Average rating: 3.95 · 747 ratings · 166 reviews · 23 distinct works · Similar authors
To Reach the Clouds: My Hig...
4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 287 ratings — published 2002 — 10 editions
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Man on Wire
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Creativity: The Perfect Crime
3.31 of 5 stars 3.31 avg rating — 109 ratings — published 2014 — 5 editions
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Why Knot? How to Tie More T...
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Cheating the Impossible: Id...
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Trattato di funambolismo
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L'art du pickpocket: précis...
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The Walk
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A Square Peg
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“You must not fall. / When you lose your balance, resist for a long time before turning yourself toward the earth. Then jump. / You must not force yourself to stay steady. You must move forward.”
Philippe Petit

“The essential thing is to etch movements in the sky, movements so still they leave no trace. The essential thing is simplicity. / That is why the long path to perfection is horizontal.”
Philippe Petit

“On one side, the mass of a mountain. A life I know.
On the other, the universe of the clouds, so full of unknown that it seems empty to us. Too much space.”
Philippe Petit, To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers

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