For Daredevil Philippe Petit, Risk & Rebellion Are the Keys to Creativity

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Philippe Petit in his first World Trade Center crossing. (Jean-François Heckel)

When you leave your house each morning, how do you engage with the world around you? Do you take risks, or do you play it safe?

For renowned high-wire walker and daredevil Philippe Petit, embracing life is about really living with the world as your stage and the people and objects around you as your props.

Petit shocked the world when he walked illegally between the Twin Towers in August of 1974, but for the performer, risk and rebellion are all just part of his expression of creativity.

Philippe Petit's artistic process is the subject of his new book "Creativity: The Perfect Crime."

John with Philippe Petit
John with the microphone cover on his face.


Philippe Petit

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Life is a locked box without the key to imagination and the risks involved to open that box.

May. 15 2014 01:44 PM

The greatest risk that I have ever taken was beginning my own licensed and bonded winery in the basement of my Oregon home. What a process! The risk is paying off and I, along with my wife and business partner, get to live out a dream that involves creative thought processes, science, subjective sensory perception, interaction with the wine-loving public, and development of relationships within my immediate community and beyond.

May. 15 2014 12:25 PM
Karen Vail from Cape Cod

The greatest risk I ever took was the decision to leave an unhappy marriage and start my life over, have never regretted it, though it hasn't been an easy life. Please refer to me as Karen from Cape Cod if you decide to read this on air, thank you!

May. 15 2014 12:06 PM

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