To Reach the Clouds
My High Wire Walk Between the Twin TowersBook - 2002
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'Philippe Petit is an artist whose theater is the sky. in his absorbing book, he reveals himself to be equal parts Houdini, Nureyev, and Da Vinci.' Robin Williams.
'It was Philippe Petit who connected the twin towers of the World Trade Center, in an act of beauty and ecstasy.' - Werner Herzog
'What this book celebrates is the refusal to live life at ground level, when alternatives are available to anyone with sufficient energy and imagination ... breathtakingly life affirming.' - Sunday Times
'Reads like a thriller written by a poet' - Newsday
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High wire artist Philippe Petit has performed - clandestinely or by invitation - for 35 years on five continents. In addition to writing about his art, he gives lectures on creativity and motivation, draws, performs close-up magic, practices the art of lock-picking and eighteenth-century timber framing, play chess, and studies French wines. He has been arrested more than five hundred times for street-juggling. He divides his time between the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine in New York City where he is an Artist-in-Residence, and a hideaway in the Catskills Mountains. In 2008, To Reach the Clouds was made into a major film called Man on Wire, directed by James Walsh.
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