Philippe Petit: "Creativity: The Perfect Crime"

This 1974 photo shows Philippe Petit crossing a tightrope between the Twin Towers in New York City. - Jean-François Heckel

This 1974 photo shows Philippe Petit crossing a tightrope between the Twin Towers in New York City.

Jean-François Heckel

Philippe Petit: "Creativity: The Perfect Crime"

In 1974, high wire artist Philippe Petit dazzled the world when he walked on a tightrope between New York's Twin Towers. In his new book, "Creativity: The Perfect Crime" he makes the case that breaking the rules is the key to creativity.

On the morning of August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit illegally strung a tightrope between the towers of New York's World Trade Center. For 45 minutes, onlookers marveled at Petit’s lyrical ballet in the sky as he moved back and forth across the wire. He was more than 1300 feet above the ground – without a net. The story of this feat was captured in the Oscar-winning documentary "Man on Wire." Petit’s artistry, however, extends beyond the tightrope. He is also a magician, a street juggler, a visual artist, a builder and a writer. In his tenth book,“Creativity: The Perfect Crime,” Petit makes the case that breaking the rules is the key to creativity.

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Philippe Petit

author and high-wire artist featured in the 2008 documentary "Man on Wire" who rigged a tightrope between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and walked between them.

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In this TED talk from March 2012, Philippe Petit gave insight into his journey as an artist and magician--from his first card trick to his famous 1974 tightrope walk between the Twin Towers in New York City.

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Reprinted from Creativity: The Perfect Crime by Philippe Petit by arrangement with Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, Copyright © 2014 by Philippe Petit.

Creativity: The Perfect Crime

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