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Age71
Birthday 13 August, 1949
Birthplace Nemours, France
Height 5' 7" (170 cm)
Hair Color Red
Zodiac Sign Leo
Nationality French
Occupation Performance Artist
Claim to Fame French high wire artist who gained fame for his high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center
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Philippe Petit (born 13 August 1949) is a French high-wire artist who gained fame for his high-wire walk between the towers of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, 1971 as well as his high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, on the morning of 7 August 1974. For his unauthorized feat 400 metres (1,312 feet) above the ground – which he referred to as "le coup" – he rigged a 200-kilogram (440-pound) cable and used a custom-made 8-metre (30-foot) long, 25-kilogram (55-pound) balancing pole. He performed for 45 minutes, making eight passes along the wire. The following week, he celebrated his 25th birthday. All charges were dismissed in exchange for him doing a performance in Central Park for children.

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