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Praise for Creativity: The Perfect Crime

“Gleeful… Anyone involved in the performing arts will find
Creativity useful. [A] kaleidoscopic manifesto …. as richly insightful as it is vaingloriously irreverent. Read it. Use it to cross whatever tightropes you happen to be perched on.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Anyone curious about Petit’s life and art, or hoping to draw inspiration for their own creative coup, will find ideas and insights in
Creativity: The Perfect Crime.” --BookPage

"Like all extraordinary artists, Philippe Petit's practice is founded in rigor, scrutiny, and dedication. What sets Philippe in a class all his own is his restless quest to conquer the greatest physical heights, achieving a precise balance of chaos and creativity. He is an inspiration to all who dare to dream of the seemingly impossible. Dear friend: I salute you!”
--Mikhail Baryshnikov

 “A book as unique, open and inspiring as one would expect from its fundamentally revolutionary creator, a true original who does not accept accepted wisdom or take no for an answer. As I read, I kept underlining and thinking of friends I wanted to share it with---actors, writers, directors, anyone really. This book could be as powerful for kids as adults; I put a copy of it on each of my kids' nightstands and recommend you do the same.”
--David Duchovny
“If life itself is a walk on a wire, suspended between birth and death, in
Creativity: The Perfect Crime Philippe Petit reminds us that the humble precision of every little step can lead to greatness.”
--Francesco Clemente

“I enjoyed the organization of chaos, the boldness of ideas, the insanity of Philippe’s visions, the extreme discipline of planning, and the passion of the feat. It inspires to create not only on a sound concept, but also on a whim or a spark.  I was thoroughly able to identify with his highs and lows and it was a great pleasure to have one so freewheeling put his methods down in a completely personal way."
--Julie Taymor
“Philippe Petit created one of the greatest works of art of the twentieth century.  He is also a most intelligent and original thinker (not to mention terrific company).  How lucky we are to have him as a guide into the elusive and all-important subject of creativity."
--Jonathan Safran Foer


About the Author

Philippe Petit has performed on the high wire more than eighty times around the world; he is also a magician, street juggler, visual artist, builder, lecturer, and writer. A frequent contributor to TED and other national venues, he is the author and illustrator of several books, including To Reach the Clouds, the basis of the 2009 Academy Award–winning documentary Man on Wire. He lives in upstate New York.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Riverhead Books (May 15, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1594631689
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1594631689
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.56 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.75 x 0.75 x 9.4 inches
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 8, 2016
I rewatched the documentary about Philippe's walk across the twin towers and was memorised. This coincided with the beauty and simplicity of making my first knot, as below and I then discover Phillippe has written a book about knots also. Inspirational! This book and the writer opens your mind. Like children we have to find and rekindle the creative spark and combine this with focus to manifest our dreams against the odds and also all the every day drudgery that gets in the way. As on the tightrope, its all about balance.
Thank you Phillippe, I know where you are coming from & hope by some magic you get to see this. Stephanie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for creative people!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you very much for sharing your amazing talent and intelligence
Reviewed in Canada on April 19, 2016