Creativity: The Perfect Crime
Philippe Petit is the “master of the impossible” and the artist who famously walked the high wire between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. In his new manifesto on the creative process, where the reader becomes the accomplice, Petit also a magician, street juggler, visual artist, builder, and writer reveals new and unconventional methods of going about any artistic endeavor from generating and shaping ideas to practicing and problem-solving to pulling off the “coup” itself.
Philippe Petit has been Artist-in-Residence of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for more than 30 years and has performed on the high wire more than 80 times around the world. He also lectures, practices magic, and street jugglesÑfor which he has been arrested over 500 times. He is the author of several books, including To Reach the Clouds, the inspiration for the Academy Award-winning 2008 documentary Man on Wire, and, most recently, Why Knot? He has been a featured speaker at TED and other national venues, and he also walks on the wire and does street performances whenever (and wherever) he likes. He lives in upstate New York.
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