Philippe Petit

My favorite rooster.  He’s gentle and mild, but he likes his high wire.

I think I’ll shake out my neck
Maybe my whole head
And wings! Going for it!

If you haven’t heard of Philippe Petit, who threw a wire between the World Trade Centers the moment they were constructed and tightrope walked between them (eat your heart out, Blondin), you’re missing out.

The documentary with the original characters is called Man on Wire (excellent!), and the Hollywood version, The Walk, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit and is almost entirely truthful (also excellent! and in 3D!).  Both films will incite gasping, awe, and breath-holding.

He tightrope walked (and more) between the World Trade Centers!

Hoo! That’s better.

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