Philippe Petit: The journey across the high wire

Philippe Petit: The journey across the high wire

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Descriptions: Even a death-defying magician has to start somewhere. High-wire artist Philippe Petit takes you on an intimate journey from his first card trick at age 6 to his tightrope walk between the Twin Towers.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on, at

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  1. This is the only Man or human being that has ever performed this High wire Act of the two towers. We will never see this ever again. Phillip has the Biggest [email protected] in the World for walking that Wire between the Towers. Hes the Man of the Wire. Bravo Phillip your the MAN. 💪👍

  2. Impresionante este hombre! Maravilloso legado que deja a este mundo… NADA ES IMPOSIBLE “ 🙏♥️ EXTRAORDINARIO ♥️ …….♥️ ♥️ “THE WALK” ♥️ Inspiradora Película” que nos invita a replantear nuestra vida.

  3. Many have climbed Everest, some stood on the moon,but this beats them hands down ,no doubt…this is beyond them by some distance….space walks pale into insignificance, biggest balls of any man .

  4. He put so much effort into his TED presentation. The fire in the beginning and the way in which he presented the handwritten slides. This guy is a true artist! It is interesting how someone who seems to love life so passionately is also the one who is able to risk it at 400 m off the ground without a safety net.

  5. This man is my absolute hero. I cannot imagine that I could ever in a million years walk a tightrope between the two towers (or their equivalent given that they are no more.)

    Play a piano concerto? Well, if I practiced enough, long enough, hard enough, then yes, I believe I could indeed learn to play a piano concerto. If Philippe Petit were my teacher, I believe he could get me to walk on a high wire but high enough for the fall to kill me, never! I admire him so much.

    As for the film "The Walk", see it on as large a screen as possible in 3D. It is the greatest 3D film ever made bar none and it really gives one the sense that one is up there walking between the two towers. That is how I know I could never do such a thing. My hands were clammy and I felt very uneasy just watching it and my heart was in my throat even though I KNEW he was not going to fall.

    A God among men. We are being visited by ETs and they must be very technically advanced but on behalf of the human race, I would point to Philippe Petit walking between the two towers and say: "Let's see you do that, ETs!" I doubt even they could match such a feat.