Cheating The Impossible: Ideas and Recipes from a Rebellious High-Wire Artist (Kindle Single)

Cheating The Impossible: Ideas and Recipes from a Rebellious High-Wire Artist (Kindle Single)

Language: English

Pages: 53


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Philippe Petit startled the world when he walked on a taut cable between the soaring twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City in 1974. But even a death-defying high-wire artist has to start somewhere. In 'Cheating the Impossible: Ideas and Recipes from a Rebellious High-Wire Artist,' Petit takes you on a highly personal, entertaining and exciting journey from his first card trick at age 6 to his now-legendary walk through the skies of lower Manhattan, offering inspiring advice guaranteed to make your own life’s balancing act go a little smoother.

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like the voice of Sting singing “Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot.” * * * Mind and body are melded one to the other, although most schools still insist on scheduling separate classes for thought, like math, history, geography, and for movement, like physical education, fencing, dance, yoga! It is by entering the road that leads to perfection that I will amaze and inspire myself, then by extension, inspire others. When the path is steep, I instruct my mind, my soul to pull my body by the sleeve.

greeting the audience with a whirling glance that engages everyone; and in the meantime, as if unbeknownst to me, as if it is a trait of my street character, Lippo, my hat takes the liberty to twirl! Yet, by gathering those invisibilities — as I like to call them — I apply a coat of flat varnish to my presentation. Although the presence of such a coating can’t be seen, it is definitely felt. The finished product has been protected, embellished. Often I work so feverishly that I simply neglect to

aimlessly for a very short while, then discard the toy and declare (dragging their tongue in the same way they are about to depart, dragging their feet): “I caaan’t do this!” I call that giving it half a try. Some people will unconsciously take the contraption to the side, into their own imaginary perimeter of learning (the leopard is known to carry his prey up a tree to devour it undisturbed); they will set their fingers to improvise and yet direct them into a mystifying choreography. The

an era in which many European pioneers came to America with their ancestral building knowledge — and tools — to build barns and houses and start a new life. Very soon after the glue dried on the to-scale model of my not-yet-built barn, I had to go to Paris, so II briefly indulged myself with a visit to Provence. That’s where the true story of the barn’s door handle originated. Sixteen years ago in the south of France, I park the rented car and walk. By the fountain at the village’s entrance,

Internet cafés. Traveling sketchbook in hand, I wander through this marvel where every stone of every edifice — witness to a time of devoted craftsmen and tools — has a story to tell. Under a vault whose keystone is about to surrender to gravity, I stop short in front of a treasure. The insignificant basement door — a few rotten planks roughly held in place by rusty nails of different sizes — is adorned with an exquisite keyhole and handle. The keyhole is a five-point star, the handle a Fist

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