Motivational Speaker & High Wire Artist
Philippe Petit, universal poet laureate of the high wire, was born in France and took his first steps on the wire at age 16. He learned everything by himself while being expelled from five different schools. Performing on five continents, he taught himself Spanish, German, Russian, and English, and developed a keen appreciation for architecture and engineering. Using his wire to extend the boundaries of theater, music, writing, poetry and drawing, he has become an inimitable high wire artist. Read More >
TEDTalk: The Journey Across the High Wire
Since well before his epic 1974 walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, Philippe Petit had become an artist who answered first and foremost to the demands of his craft — not only on the high wire, but also as a magician, street juggler, visual artist and writer. A born rebel like many creative people, his outlaw sensibility has spawned a unique approach to the creative process, making him an inspiration to all who dare to dream of the seemingly impossible.
Inviting others to enter into the experience of creating, Petit discloses, with characteristic enthusiasm, irreverence and originality, new and unconventional ways of going about the artistic endeavor. From generating and shaping ideas to practicing and problem-solving to pulling off the “coup” itself, the strategies and insights Petit shares will resonate with performers of every stripe and also with seemingly non-creative people in search of fresh ways of tackling the challenges and possibilities of everyday existence. Get a glimpse into the remarkable mind of someone who accomplishes creativity by thinking and doing differently than others.
"What a remarkable and inspirational event! I have received and continue to receive an overwhelmingly positive response from our leaders. Philippe's mix of passion, creativity, humor, and authenticity was truly inspirational and just what our leaders needed to experience. In addition, Philippe's generosity of spirit was evident, as he spent time eating lunch with the group, chatting with various leaders, taking pictures, etc. From the time spent after his performance, leaders were able to experience Philippe's authenticity and see that his performance wasn't an act, but rather a way of life. The event was a homerun! I'm so happy we were able to make this happen."