Phillipe Petit

Oh we watched a wonderful film last night called Man on Wire about eccentric Phillip Petit! (what a sweet name)

Born into a middle-class French family in 1949, Philippe Petit taught himself magic, juggling and high-wire walking while still a child. At sixteen he began to travel the world as a street juggler. He has performed illegal high-wire walks between the towers of Notre Dame, the twin towers of the World Trade Center, and the northern pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The documentary was about him sneaking into the Twin Towers when it was first being built and planning the tightrope walk. It was a wonderful film about what people will do to achieve what they believe in. Really inspirational, I would recommend everyone watch it – strangely life affirming.

The second image is of another one of Petit’s walks at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 1982

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~ by Rohini on Thursday, February 26, 2009.

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