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Philippe Petit Will Walk Again

Philippe Petit Will Walk Again

…okay, so that’s a dramatic headline. However, it’s cool news to learn that world-renowned wire-walker Philippe Petit (subject of Oscar-winning documentary Man On Wire) is planning a New York City stunt later this year. Petit has charmed audiences around the globe while on tour promoting Man On Wire, perhaps most famously when he balanced an Oscar statue on his chin after his film won the prize in February. All that’s known about the 2009 walk, is “It will be high, it will be long, and it will be outdoors in a very recognizable location that he does not want revealed quite yet” according to the City Room blog. Also, it will reportedly occur in Midtown Manhattan. From the news post:

Mr. Petit’s Oscar success brought him heaps of mainstream recognition for his unparalleled career as an artistic daredevil, but it has also filled his wire-walking calendar. He says he spent years preparing for the World Trade Center, for which he was arrested afterward. But no need for illegal wire-walks these days. The offers are pouring in from officials all over the world, and Mr. Petit says he is obliging. He has been practicing three hours a day on the practice wire. The Manhattan walk will be part of a series of wire-walks across the country, to raise awareness for literacy.

Things are percolating on the ground, too. Mr. Petit, 59, said he was in discussions with a major Hollywood producer to be the subject of a feature film. He is also completing a book he wrote about building his own barn at his home in upstate New York…

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