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Philippe Petit

Motivational Speaker & High Wire Artist

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 Philippe Petit Biography

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.

On August 7, 1974, Petit accomplished what may be the most astounding “artistic crime” of all time. He walked a high wire illegally stretched between the rooftops of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, making eight crossings over the course of an hour, a quarter mile above the sidewalks of New York. Petit’s book, To Reach the Clouds (re-titled Man on Wire in paperback), recounts that adventure and is the basis of the 2009 Academy Award-wining documentary film, Man on Wire, as well as the upcoming feature film, The Walk, to be directed by Robert Zemeckis.

In the nearly 40 years since the World Trade Center walk, Petit has performed on the high wire more than 100 times around the world in such locations as Paris, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Jerusalem, and New York City where he has been an artist-in-residence at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine for more than 30 years. Petit is the recipient of the first Action Maverick Award; the New York Historical Society Award; the prestigious James Parks Morton Interfaith Award; and the Byrdcliffe Award. He is a laureate of the Foundation de la Vocation par Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, and the French Ministry of Culture bestowed upon him the title of Chevalier des Arts & des Lettres. Petit was a featured speaker at the 2012 TED Conference.

Petit’s most recent book, Why Knot? How to Tie More than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Life-Saving, and Secure Knots! was released in April 2013. His forthcoming book, Creativity, the Perfect Crime, is due out in April 2014.

Petit’s new high wire project is the Rapa Nui Walk, a walk on an inclined cable set on Easter Island in homage to the Rapa Nui and their giant stone statues known as Moai. Among his most cherished goals is the continuation of his first series of high wire master classes, Tightrope! An Exploration into the Theatre of Balance.

In addition to walking the high wire, Philippe Petit writes, draws, performs close-up magic, practices lock-picking and 18th century timber framing, plays chess, studies French wine, and was recently sighted bullfighting in Peru. An internationally known speaker, he gives lectures and workshops on creativity and motivation.

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Books
The Walk: Previously published as To Reach The Clouds

The Walk: Previously published as To Reach The Clouds

Creativity: The Perfect Crime

Creativity: The Perfect Crime

Why Knot?: How to Tie More than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving, and Secure Knots!

Why Knot?: How to Tie More than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving, and Secure Knots!

Man on Wire

Man on Wire

To Reach the Clouds

To Reach the Clouds

To Reach the Clouds : My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers

To Reach the Clouds : My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers

Speaking Topics
  • On the High Wire: An Unusual Approach to Risk Management

  • Sharpening the Mind: The Intellectual Risk & Architecture of Rebellion

  • Don't Be Afraid: Creativity, Tenacity, Motivation & the Pursuit of Excellence

  • Creativity for the Fanatic: A Confession by an Outlaw

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Philippe Petit?

    Booking fees for Philippe Petit, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Philippe Petit, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Philippe Petit?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Philippe Petit for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Philippe Petit for your next private or corporate function.
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Philippe Petit

Motivational Speaker & High Wire Artist

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Philippe Petit Biography

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.

On August 7, 1974, Petit accomplished what may be the most astounding “artistic crime” of all time. He walked a high wire illegally stretched between the rooftops of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, making eight crossings over the course of an hour, a quarter mile above the sidewalks of New York. Petit’s book, To Reach the Clouds (re-titled Man on Wire in paperback), recounts that adventure and is the basis of the 2009 Academy Award-wining documentary film, Man on Wire, as well as the upcoming feature film, The Walk, to be directed by Robert Zemeckis.

In the nearly 40 years since the World Trade Center walk, Petit has performed on the high wire more than 100 times around the world in such locations as Paris, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Jerusalem, and New York City where he has been an artist-in-residence at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine for more than 30 years. Petit is the recipient of the first Action Maverick Award; the New York Historical Society Award; the prestigious James Parks Morton Interfaith Award; and the Byrdcliffe Award. He is a laureate of the Foundation de la Vocation par Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, and the French Ministry of Culture bestowed upon him the title of Chevalier des Arts & des Lettres. Petit was a featured speaker at the 2012 TED Conference.

Petit’s most recent book, Why Knot? How to Tie More than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Life-Saving, and Secure Knots! was released in April 2013. His forthcoming book, Creativity, the Perfect Crime, is due out in April 2014.

Petit’s new high wire project is the Rapa Nui Walk, a walk on an inclined cable set on Easter Island in homage to the Rapa Nui and their giant stone statues known as Moai. Among his most cherished goals is the continuation of his first series of high wire master classes, Tightrope! An Exploration into the Theatre of Balance.

In addition to walking the high wire, Philippe Petit writes, draws, performs close-up magic, practices lock-picking and 18th century timber framing, plays chess, studies French wine, and was recently sighted bullfighting in Peru. An internationally known speaker, he gives lectures and workshops on creativity and motivation.

Philippe Petit Videos

  • Russell shares a scotch with high-wire legend Philippe Petit
  • Philippe Petit: One Man Show - Philosophy on Life
  • Why You Should Value Your Mistakes, with High-Wire Artist Philippe Petit

Philippe Petit Books

Philippe Petit Speaking Topics

  • On the High Wire: An Unusual Approach to Risk Management

  • Sharpening the Mind: The Intellectual Risk & Architecture of Rebellion

  • Don't Be Afraid: Creativity, Tenacity, Motivation & the Pursuit of Excellence

  • Creativity for the Fanatic: A Confession by an Outlaw

FAQs on booking Philippe Petit

  • How to book Philippe Petit?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Philippe Petit for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Philippe Petit, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Philippe Petit or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Philippe Petit?

    Booking fees for Philippe Petit, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Philippe Petit, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Philippe Petit?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Philippe Petit for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Philippe Petit for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Philippe Petit or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Philippe Petit or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Philippe Petit is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Philippe Petit for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Philippe Petit generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Doc Hendley, Benjamin Zander, Keith Ferrazzi, Hugh Evans and Dr. John C. Maxwell. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Philippe Petit for an upcoming event.

Philippe Petit Speaker Videos

  • Russell shares a scotch with high-wire legend Philippe Petit
    Philippe Petit: One Man Show - Philosophy on Life
  • Why You Should Value Your Mistakes, with High-Wire Artist Philippe Petit

Philippe Petit Speaking Topics

  • On the High Wire: An Unusual Approach to Risk Management

  • Sharpening the Mind: The Intellectual Risk & Architecture of Rebellion

  • Don't Be Afraid: Creativity, Tenacity, Motivation & the Pursuit of Excellence

  • Creativity for the Fanatic: A Confession by an Outlaw

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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