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transform the roof of those towers into
a theatre using my high wire,” said, Petit
confirming what was revealed in the
documentary.
“It was an instant feeling. It was
then six years of dreaming, eight
months of planning, one night of doing
and one morning of performing.”
The performance itself is now part
of New York’s iconic imagery. But how
did it feel to finally realise such a long-
held ambition?
“Well, a turmoil… many, many
things. Most of it was profound joy at
finally being out there, holding my life
and carrying it across on the wire.”
“The first crossing was very difficult
and treacherous because I had not
checked or tested the other anchor
point, which I usually do all the time -
but I couldn’t be on both towers. My
friend had done it using my information
and my specifications, but still the fact
that I’d not been there to check it as I
usually do was very, very tough on me.”
“So, for the first crossing, or the
first portion of the first crossing, I was
tiptoeing on that wire not knowing
how it would behave. But a few steps
after that I immediately felt it was good
enough and then you can see in one of
the photographs that I have a big smile.”
Petit was even confident enough
to perform another of his trademarks;
lying on the wire. It’s an image of
Before my very eyes, at eye level was the man
whom I’d only ever imagined as way above
my head. I had to ask him about that moment
when he saw a picture of the model of the twin
towers even before they were built.
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