Quotes by Philippe Petit

About Philippe Petit:

Philippe Petit is a French high-wire artist who gained fame in 1974 for his high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, on the morning of 7 August. For his unauthorized feat (which he referred to as "le coup") 1,350-foot (400-metre) above the ground, he rigged a 450-pound (200-kilogram) cable and used a custom-made 26-foot (8-metre) long, 55-pound (25-kilogram) balancing pole. He performed for 45 minutes, making eight passes along the wire. The next week, he celebrated his 25th birthday. All charges were dismissed in exchange for his doing a performance in Central Park for children.

Author Bio

  • NamePhilippe Petit
  • DescriptionFrench high-wire artist
  • BornAugust 13, 1949
  • CountryFrance
  • ProfessionAcrobat; Magician; Circus Performer; Bicycle Racer