Philippe Petit

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Phillippe Petit
Petit in 2009
Born (1949-08-13) 13 August 1949 (age 74)
Nemours, Seine-et-Marne, France
OccupationHighwire artist
SpouseKathy O'Donnell

Philippe Petit (French pronunciation: [filip pəti]; born 13 August 1949) is a French highwire artist who gained fame for his unauthorized highwire walks between the towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris in 1971 and of Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1973, as well as between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City on the morning of 7 August 1974.[1]

For his unauthorized feat 400 metres (1,312 feet) above the ground – which he referred to as "le coup"[2] – Petit had gathered together a team consisting of two of his closest, childhood friends from France (Jean-Louis Blondeau, and Jean Francois Heckel) joined by four recruited Americans (Alan Welner, David Forman, Barry Greenhouse, and Jim Moore) plus a seventh comrade of Petit's (Mark Lewis, hailing from Australia, had previously been instrumental in aiding Petit wire-walk across Australia's Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1973). The group spent many months collaborating in detailed preparation, travelling to the World Trade Center multiple times, building an "outdoor" scale model of the roofs of both buildings, brainstorming and theorizing ways to bypass security, how to transport the hundreds of pounds of necessary materials from the street level up 110 stories, and subsequently rigging the wire Petit would ultimately need for his walk. In spite of multiple obstacles, and a rescheduling from an earlier date in May of that same year, Petit and his team successfully secured the placement of his rigging; a 200-kilogram (440-pound) custom-made "walking wire", two "cavaletti" guide wires, plus a 8-metre (30-foot) long, 25-kilogram (55-pound) balancing pole. Despite NYPD intervening, Petit performed for 45 minutes, making eight passes along the wire. The act was considered to be not only an incredible performance of acrobatic skill and artistry, but perhaps even more so, an ingenious feat of modern-day engineering.

Upon completing his 45-minute, eight pass walk, Petit and Heckel were both arrested, charged with the crimes of Trespassing and Disorderly Persons, and forced to submit to psychiatric evaluations before being released. Petit's charges were ultimately dismissed after he agreed to perform on camera before a small group of children. Heckel was subsequently expelled from the United States. Petit would later be issued a "Lifetime Pass" granting him free admission to the WTC Observation Deck. Petit's wire-walk earned him a Guinness Book of Records for the highest wire-crossing without the use of a net or other type of safety tether, 1350' above ground (411 meters). (Petit's record would remain unbroken until 2015, when 50 year old stuntman Freddy Nock, of Switzerland, completed a 39-minute wire-walk, high above two towering peaks in the Swiss mountains).

Since then, Petit has lived in New York, where he has been artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, also a location of other aerial performances. He has done wire walking as part of official celebrations in New York, across the United States, and in France and other countries, as well as teaching workshops on the art. In 2008, Man on Wire, a documentary directed by James Marsh about Petit's walk between the towers, won numerous awards including the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He was also the subject of a children's book and an animated adaptation of it, released in 2005. The Walk, a film based on Petit's walk, was released in September 2015, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit and directed by Robert Zemeckis.

He also became adept at equestrianism, juggling, fencing, carpentry, rock-climbing, and bullfighting. Spurning circuses and their formulaic performances, he created his street persona on the sidewalks of Paris. In the early 1970s, he visited New York City, where he frequently juggled and worked on a slackline in Washington Square Park.

Early life[edit]

Petit was born in Nemours, Seine-et-Marne, France; his father Edmond Petit was an author and an Army Pilot. At an early age, Petit discovered magic and juggling. He loved to climb, and at 16, he took his first steps on a tightrope wire. He told a reporter,

Within one year, I taught myself to do all the things you could do on a wire. I learned the backward somersault, the front somersault, the unicycle, the bicycle, the chair on the wire, jumping through hoops. But I thought, "What is the big deal here? It looks almost ugly." So I started to discard those tricks and to reinvent my art.[3]

In June 1971, Petit secretly installed a cable between the two towers of Notre-Dame de Paris. On the morning of 26 June 1971, he "juggled balls" and "pranced back and forth" as he crossed the wire on foot to the applause of the crowd below.[4]

World Trade Center walk[edit]

In this 1974 promotion for Hess's department store, Petit tight roped across Hamilton Street in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Petit became known to New Yorkers in the early 1970s for his frequent tightrope-walking performances and magic shows in the city parks, especially Washington Square Park. Petit's most famous performance was in August 1974, conducted on a wire between the roofs of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, New York City, 400 metres (1,312 feet) above the ground. The towers were still under construction and had not yet been fully occupied. He performed for 45 minutes, making eight passes along the wire, during which he walked, danced, lay down on the wire, and saluted watchers from a kneeling position. Office workers, construction crews and policemen cheered him on.


Petit conceived his "coup" when he was 18, when he first read about the proposed construction of the Twin Towers and saw drawings of the project in a magazine he read in 1968 while sitting at a dentist's office.[5] Petit was seized by the idea of performing there, and began collecting articles on the Towers whenever he could.

What was called the "artistic crime of the century" took Petit six years' planning. During this period, he learned everything he could about the buildings and their construction. In the same period, he began to perform highwire walking at other famous places. Rigging his wire secretly, he performed as a combination of circus act and public display. In 1971, he performed his first such walk between the towers of the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris,[1] while priests were being ordained inside the building. In 1973, he walked a wire rigged between the two north pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.[6]

In planning for the Twin Towers walk, Petit had to learn how to accommodate issues such as the swaying of the high towers due to wind, which was part of their design; effects of wind and weather on the wire at that height, how to rig a 200 ft (61 m) steel cable across the 138 ft (42 m) gap between the towers (at a height of 1,368 ft (417 m), and how to gain entry with his collaborators, first to scope out the conditions and lastly to stage the project.[2] Petit and his collaborators had to bring heavy equipment to the rooftops. He traveled to New York on numerous occasions to make first-hand observations.[1]

Since the towers were still under construction, Petit and one of his collaborators, New York-based photographer Jim Moore, rented a helicopter to take aerial photographs of the buildings.[2] Two more collaborators, Jean François Heckel and Jean-Louis Blondeau, helped him practice in a field in France, and accompanied him to take part in the final rigging of the project, as well as to photograph it. Francis Brunn, a German juggler, provided financial support for the proposed project and its planning.[7]

Petit and his crew gained entry into the towers several times and hid in upper floors and on the roofs of the unfinished buildings to study security measures. They also analyzed the construction and identified places to anchor the wire and cavaletti. Using his own observations, drawings, and Moore's photographs, Petit constructed a scale model of the towers to design the needed rigging for the wire walk.

Working from the ID of an American who worked in the building, Petit made fake identification cards for himself and his collaborators (claiming they were contractors who were installing an electrified fence on the roof) to gain access to the buildings. Prior to this, Petit had carefully observed the clothes worn by construction workers and the kinds of tools they carried. He also took note of the clothing of office workers so that some of his collaborators could pose as white-collar workers. He observed what time the workers arrived and left, so he could determine when he would have roof access.

As the target date of his "coup" approached, he claimed to be a journalist with Metropolis, a French architecture magazine, so that he could gain permission to interview the workers on the roof. The Port Authority allowed Petit to conduct the interviews, which he used as a pretext to make more observations.

On the night of Tuesday, 6 August 1974, Petit and his crew had a lucky break and got a ride in a freight elevator to the 104th floor with their equipment. They stored it 19 steps below the roof. To pass the cable across the void, Petit and his crew had decided on using a bow and arrow attached to monofilament, attached to a rope. They had to practice this many times to perfect their technique. They first shot the fishing line, which was attached to larger ropes, and finally to the 450-pound (200 kg) steel cable. The team was delayed when the heavy cable sank too fast, and had to be pulled up manually for hours. Petit had already identified points at which to anchor two cavaletti (guy lines) to other points to stabilize the cable and keep the swaying of the wire to a minimum.[2]


Petit's highwire walk between the Twin Towers

Shortly after 7 am local time, Petit stepped out on the wire and started to perform. He was 1,350 feet (410 m) above the ground. He performed for 45 minutes, making eight passes along the wire, during which he walked, danced, lay down on the wire, and knelt to salute watchers. Crowds gathered on the streets below. He said later that he could hear their murmuring and cheers.

When New York Police Department and Port Authority of New York police officers learned of his stunt, they came up to the roofs of both buildings to try to persuade him to leave the wire. They threatened to pluck him off by helicopter.[2] Feeling that he had "trespassed long enough into these forbidden regions", Petit left the wire and surrendered to the police.[8]


There was extensive news coverage and public appreciation of Petit's highwire walk. The district attorney dropped all formal charges of trespassing and other items relating to his walk[9] on condition that Petit give a free aerial show for children in Central Park. On Thursday, 29 August, he performed on a highwire walk in the park above Belvedere Lake (now known as Turtle Pond).[10]

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey gave Petit a lifetime pass to the Twin Towers' Observation Deck. He autographed a steel beam close to the point where he began his walk.

Petit's highwire walk is credited with bringing the Twin Towers much-needed attention and even affection, as they initially had been unpopular.[11][12] Critics such as historian Lewis Mumford had regarded them as ugly and utilitarian in design, and too large a development for the area. The Port Authority was having trouble renting out all of the office space.[11]

Representation in other media[edit]

Petit's World Trade Center stunt was the subject of Sandi Sissel's 1984 half-hour documentary, High Wire, which featured music from Philip Glass's Glassworks.

Mordicai Gerstein wrote and illustrated a children's book, The Man Who Walked Between The Towers (2003), which won a Caldecott Medal for his art. It was adapted and produced as an animated short film by the same title, directed by Michael Sporn and released in 2005, which won several awards.

The documentary film Man on Wire (2008), by UK director James Marsh, tells of Petit, his collaborators, and his 1974 WTC performance. It won both the World Cinema Jury and Audience awards at the Sundance Film Festival 2008. It combines historical footage with re-enactment and has the spirit of a heist film. It won awards at the 2008 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, and the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2008. On stage with Marsh to accept the Oscar award, Petit made a coin vanish in his hands while thanking the academy "for believing in magic". He then balanced the Oscar by its head on his chin to cheers from the audience.[13]

The same stunt was fictionalized in a biographical drama entitled The Walk (2015), directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit.

Author Colum McCann fictionalized Petit's appearance above New York as a unifying thread throughout his 2009 novel Let the Great World Spin.

Later life[edit]

Petit has made dozens of public highwire performances in his career. For example, in 1986 he re-enacted the crossing of the Niagara River by Blondin for an IMAX film. In 1989, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution, mayor Jacques Chirac invited him to walk an inclined wire strung from the ground at the Place du Trocadéro to the second level of the Eiffel Tower, crossing the Seine.

Petit briefly headlined with the Ringling Brothers Circus, but preferred staging his own performances. During his stint with the circus and a practice walk, he suffered his only fall, from 45 feet (14 m), breaking several ribs. He says he has never fallen during a performance. "If I had, I wouldn't be here talking about it."[14]

Petit regularly gives lectures and workshops internationally on a variety of topics and subjects. He single-handedly built a barn in the Catskill Mountains using the methods and tools of 18th-century timber framers.[15] In 2011, he published his eighth book, A Square Peg. He has also created an ebook for TED Books, entitled Cheating the Impossible: Ideas and Recipes from a Rebellious High-Wire Artist. Petit divides his time between New York City, where he is an artist in residence at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and a hideaway in the Catskill Mountains.

Among those who have associated with some of his projects are such artists as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Werner Herzog, Annie Leibovitz, Miloš Forman, Volker Schlöndorff, Twyla Tharp, Peter Beard, Marcel Marceau, Paul Auster, Paul Winter, Debra Winger, Robin Williams and Sting.[citation needed]

Director James Signorelli assisted with creation of Petit's book To Reach the Clouds (2002), about the Twin Towers walk.[16] Petit not only wrote about his feat, and events that led to the performance, but also expressed his emotions following the September 11 attacks, during which the Twin Towers were destroyed. He wrote that on that morning, "My towers became our towers. I saw them collapse – hurling, crushing thousands of lives. Disbelief preceded sorrow for the obliteration of the buildings, perplexity descended before rage at the unbearable loss of life."[17] Petit paid tribute to those who were killed and supported rebuilding the towers, promising that "When the towers again twin-tickle the clouds, I offer to walk again, to be the expression of the builders' collective voice. Together, we will rejoice in an aerial song of victory."[17] However, a different complex of buildings has been developed on the site, and does not offer this opportunity.

Legacy and honors[edit]

Works and performances[edit]

Major highwire performances[edit]

Year Walk[18] [clarification needed] Location Notes
1971 Vallauris Vallauris, Alpes-Maritimes, France performance for artist Pablo Picasso's 90th birthday
Notre-Dame Cathedral Notre-Dame Cathedral
Paris, France
staged walk between towers without permission
1973 Sydney Harbour Bridge Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney, Australia
staged walk between towers without permission
1974 World Trade Center World Trade Center
New York City, United States
staged walk between towers without permission
Central Park Central Park
New York City
Publicly authorized walk on inclined wire over Turtle Pond
Laon Cathedral Laon Cathedral
Laon, France
performing on wire between the cathedral's two spires for an international television special
1975 Louisiana Superdome Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
walk on wire across interior for the opening of the stadium
1982 Cathedral of Saint John the Divine Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
New York City, United States
interior walk in height of nave to celebrate renewal of the cathedral's construction following a 40-year hiatus
Concert in the Sky Denver, Colorado, United States Highwire play directed and produced by Petit for the opening of the World Theatre Festival
1983 Skysong Purchase, New York, United States Highwire play directed and produced by Petit for the opening of "Summerfare," the State University of New York Arts Festival[19]
Centre Georges Pompidou Centre Georges Pompidou
Paris, France
1984 Corde Raide-Piano Volant Paris, France Highwire play directed and produced by Petit with pop-music singer-songwriter Jacques Higelin
Paris Opera Paris Opera
Paris, France
Highwire improvisation with opera singer Margherita Zimmermann
Museum of the City of New York Museum of the City of New York
New York City, United States
Highwire performance for the opening of the museum's Daring New York exhibit
1986 Ascent Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
New York City, United States
Concert for grand piano and highwire on an inclined cable above the nave of the cathedral
Lincoln Center Lincoln Center
New York City, United States
Highwire performance for the reopening of the Statue of Liberty
1987 Walking the Harp/A Bridge for Peace[clarification needed] Jerusalem, Israel Highwire performance on an inclined cable linking the Jewish and Arab quarters for opening of Israel Festival under Jerusalemite Mayor Teddy Kollek
Moondancer Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Portland, Oregon, United States
Highwire opera for the opening of the center
Grand Central Dances Grand Central Terminal
New York City, United States
Highwire choreography on wire set above the interior concourse of the terminal
1988 House of the Dead Paris, France Creation of the role of the eagle in a production of From the House of the Dead (1930), an opera by Leoš Janáček, directed by Volker Schlöndorff
1989 Tour Eiffel Paris, France Spectacular walk – for an audience of 250,000 – on an inclined 700-metre (2,300-foot) cable linking the Palais de Chaillot with the second story of the Eiffel Tower, commemorating the French Bicentennial and anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, under Parisian Mayor Jacques Chirac
1990 American Overture American Center
Paris, France
Highwire play for the ground-breaking ceremony of the center
Tokyo Walk Tokyo, Japan Japan's first highwire performance, to celebrate the opening of the Plaza Mikado building in Tokyo's Akasaka district[20][21]
1991 Viennalewalk Vienna, Austria Highwire performance evoking the history of cinema for the opening of the Vienna International Film Festival, directed by Werner Herzog
1992 Namur Namur, Belgium Inclined walk to the Citadel of Vauban for a telethon benefiting children with leukemia
Farinet Funambule! Switzerland Highwire walk portraying the 19th-century Robin Hood of the Alps[clarification needed] culminated by harvesting the world's-smallest registered vineyard, to benefit abused children
The Monk's Secret Longing Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
New York City, United States
Highwire performance for the Regents' Dinner, at the centennial celebrations of the cathedral
1994 Historischer Hochseillauf Frankfurt, Germany Historic highwire walk on an inclined cable to celebrate the city's 1,200th anniversary, viewed by 500,000 spectators and the subject of a live, nationally broadcast television special
1995 Catenary Curve New York City, United States Performance during a conference on suspended structures, led by the architect Santiago Calatrava
1996 ACT New York City, United States Medieval performance to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a New York City youth program[clarification needed]
Crescendo Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
New York City, United States
Theatrical, allegorical New Year's Eve performance on three different wires set in the nave of the cathedral as the farewell tribute to The Very Reverend James Parks Morton, Dean of the Cathedral, and his wife Pamela
1999 Millennium Countdown Walk Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History
New York City, United States
Inauguration of the center
2002 Arts on the High Wire 11 January 2002 Hammerstein Ballroom
New York City, United States
Benefit performance for the New York Arts Recovery Fund on an inclined wire, with clown Bill Irwin and pianist Évelyne Crochet
Crystal Palace Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York City, United States
Crossing Broadway New York City, United States Inclined walk, fourteen stories high, for the television talk show the Late Show with David Letterman (performed regularly since 1993)


  • Philippe Petit, Two towers, I walk, (New York: Reader's Digest, 1975), ASIN B00072LQRM
  • Philippe Petit, Trois Coups, (Paris: Herscher, 1983). ISBN 2-7335-0062-7
  • Philippe Petit, On The High Wire, Preface by Marcel Marceau, Postface by Werner Herzog (New York: Random House, 1985). ISBN 0-394-71573-X
  • Philippe Petit, Funambule, (Paris: Albin Michel, 1991) ISBN 978-2-226-04123-4
  • Philippe Petit, Traité du funambulisme, Preface by Paul Auster, (Arles: Actus Sud, 1997), ISBN 2-226-04123-0, (in French / en français)
  • Philippe Petit, Über Mir Der Offene Himmel, (Stuttgart: Urachhaus, 1998) ISBN 978-3-8251-7209-1
  • Philippe Petit, Trattato di Funambolismo, (Milano: Ponte Alle Grazie, 1999) ISBN 88-7928-450-9
  • Philippe Petit, To Reach The Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between The Twin Towers, (New York, North Point Press, 2002). ASIN B000UDX0JA, ISBN 0-86547-651-9, OCLC 49351784
  • Philippe Petit, L'Art du Pickpocket, (Arles: Actes Sud, 2006) ISBN 2-7427-6106-3
  • Philippe Petit, Alcanzar las nubes, (Alpha Decay, Barcelona, 2007) ISBN 978-84-934868-9-1
  • Philippe Petit, Man on Wire, (Skyhorse Publishing, New York, 2008) ISBN 978-1-60239-332-5
  • Philippe Petit, Why knot?: how to tie more than sixty ingenious, useful, beautiful, lifesaving, and secure knots!, (Abrams Image, New York, 2013) ISBN 978-1-4197-0676-9
  • Philippe Petit, Creativity: The Perfect Crime, (Riverhead Hardcover, 2014) ISBN 978-1594631689
  • Philippe Petit, On The High Wire Re-release, Preface by Marcel Marceau, Postface by Werner Herzog (New York: New Directions, 2019). ISBN 0811228649[22]


Year Film Location Role Notes
1983 Concert in the Sky Denver Centre Productions, Inc., directed by Mark Elliot
1984 High Wire New York Prairie Dog Productions, directed by Sandi Sissel
1986 Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic Canada Blondin Seventh Man Films for the IMAX System, directed by Kieth Merrill
1989 Tour et Fil France FR3/Totem Productions, directed by Alain Hattet
1991 Filmstunde Austria Werner Herzog Productions, directed by Werner Herzog
1993 Profile of Philippe Petit Washington, D.C. National Geographic Explorer Special
1994 The Man on the Wire Germany Documentary of the rigging and artistic preparations for Historischer Hochseillauf, Hessischer Rundfunk Television
1994 Historischer Hochseillauf Germany Live broadcast of the walk, Hessischer Rundfunk Television, directed by Sacha Arnz
1995 Mondo France Costa Gavras Productions, directed by Tony Gatlif
1995 Secrets of Lost Empires: The Incas Peru PBS/NOVA and BBC co-production, directed by Michael Barnes
2003 The Center of the World of New York City: A Documentary Film, Episode 8: People & Events: Philippe Petit (1948–) New York City PBS
2005 The Man Who Walked Between the Towers USA Michael Sporn Animation and Weston Woods Studios
2008 Man on Wire UK Wall to Wall/Red Box Films, directed by James Marsh, Academy Award winning documentary
2014 Colt 45 France Pierre
2015 The Walk US 3D biographical drama directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit.

In culture[edit]

  • The song, "Man on Wire" by the band 27 is a tribute to Philippe Petit.[23]
  • The song, "Sleepwalking," by Danish composer Ste van Holm is a tribute to Petit's World Trade Center walk.[24]
  • The Low Anthem's song, "Boeing 737", from their 2011 album Smart Flesh, refers to Petit's Twin Towers walk.[25]
  • American rock band Incubus used a photo of Petit as the cover art for their album, If Not Now, When? (2011).
  • Colum McCann's National Book Award-winning novel, Let the Great World Spin (2009), features Petit's Twin Towers walk as its opening passage and a centrepiece to which numerous characters are connected.
  • "Funambulist", a song by American metal band Cormorant, is about his walk between the Twin Towers.[26]
  • The song "Step Out Of The Void" by musician Howard Moss is a tribute to Philippe Petit, in the album Outside the Pale (2013).[27]
  • The song "Man On A Wire" by The Script on their fourth album, No Sound Without Silence, is influenced by Petit's highwire legacy.
  • The song "Stand Up Comedy" by U2 on their twelfth album, No Line on the Horizon, references "The wire is stretched in between our two towers".
  • Petit was the inspiration for the 5th Anniversary 9/11 cover of The New Yorker magazine (11 September 2006), "Soaring Spirit", by John Mavroudis (concept) and Owen Smith (art). That cover was named Cover of the Year by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME).[28] The two-part cover was a first for The New Yorker.
  • He's briefly referenced by Spider-Man in the Marvel comic Amazing Spider-Man Annual #10 (1976).

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d e Marsh, James (Director) (2008). Man on Wire (Documentary).
  3. ^ Tomkins, Calvin, "The Man Who Walks on Air," New Yorker Magazine, 1999, excerpted in Life Story, by David Remnick, Modern Library Paperback edition, 2001.
  4. ^ "Sneaky Juggler Has Ball Up In Sky At Notre Dame". The Ogden-Standard Examiner (AP story). 27 June 1971. p. 1.
  5. ^ "New York: The Center of the World". American Experience. PBS/WGBH.
  6. ^ Man On Wire DVD, "Philippe Petit's Sydney Harbor Bridge Crossing" bonus feature.
  7. ^ Higginbotham, Adam (19 January 2003). "The second part of Philippe Petit's story". The Guardian. London.
  8. ^ Petit, Philippe (4 September 2002). To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers – Philippe Petit – Google Books. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. p. 206. ISBN 9781429921862. Retrieved 22 January 2023.
  9. ^ Lichtenstein, Grace (8 August 1974). "Stuntman, Eluding Guards, Walks a Tightrope Between Trade Center Towers". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 October 2023.
  10. ^ "Aerialist a Hit in Central Park". The New York Times. 30 August 1974. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 27 October 2023.
  11. ^ a b Haskell, Kari (16 September 2001). "Before & After; Talking of the Towers". The New York Times..
  12. ^ Kilgannon, Corey (7 August 2005). "Tightrope Walk Between Twin Towers Is Recalled". The New York Times.
  13. ^ kingkongphoto123 (22 February 2009). "My hero Phillipe Petit wins Oscar". YouTube. Archived from the original on 13 December 2021. Retrieved 27 June 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  14. ^ Adam Higginbotham, "Touching the Void", The Observer,19 January 2003
  15. ^ "The House That Came Wired". Wall Street Journal. 22 March 2013.
  16. ^ Petit, Philippe (4 September 2002). To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers – Philippe Petit – Google Books. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 9781429921862. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  17. ^ a b To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers – Philippe Petit – Google Books. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  18. ^ Petit, Philippe. On the High Wire, New Directions Publishing, 2019, p. 92.
  19. ^ ROBERT SHERMAN, "FESTIVALS ENDING", New York Times, 7 August 1993
  20. ^ "Edward Suzuki Profile". Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  21. ^ "Press Material – Philippe Petit" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  22. ^ "On the High Wire". 25 June 2019.
  23. ^ "27 – Man On Wire (Re-Wire)". YouTube. 7 August 1974. Archived from the original on 13 December 2021. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  24. ^ "sleepwalking_lyrics". Ste van Holm. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  25. ^ Jackson, Dan (8 April 2011). "Low Anthem's Circus High-Wire Act". Spin. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  26. ^ Gotrich, Lars (16 September 2011). "Cormorant: Follow the Blackened Thread". NPR. NPR Music. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  27. ^ "404 Not Found". {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  28. ^ "Best Cover Contest 2007 Winners & Finalists – ASME". Archived from the original on 20 December 2017. Retrieved 28 October 2016.

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