Philippe Petit Biography
Birthday: August 13, 1949 (Leo)
Born In: Nemours, France
Philippe Petit is a French born tightrope walker who became famous for making an unauthorised walk on a steel cable between the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in Manhattan August 7, 1974. He did not do too well in his studies and found his forte in juggling and performing magic at a young age. He was influenced by the Czech tightrope walker, Rudy Omankowsky, and decided to take up tightrope walking. Besides his walk between the twin towers, he has made several public performances including a walk between the towers of a French cathedral and the pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. He has re-enacted a French tightrope walker’s walk across the Niagara Falls for a film and was invited to walk on an inclined wire from the ground to the second level of the Eiffel Tower, crossing the Seine River, to mark the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. He has briefly worked with the Ringling Brothers Circus but prefers to give solo performances. He has conducted several workshops on a variety of subjects and written a number of books. His unfinished dream is to walk on a steal cable across the Grand Canyon.