On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the New York World Trade Center's twin towers, where he performed for nearly an hour. During this history-making walk, and many others throughout his celebrated career, knots have always been indispensable components the guardian angels protecting his life in the sky.
After years of hands-on research, Philippe presents "Why Knot?," a guide to tying his essential knots. Philippe's own practical sketches illustrate original methods and clear, clever tying instructions. Photographs in which special knots were used during spectacular high-wire walks, quirky knot trivia, personal anecdotes, helpful tips, magic tricks, and special tying challenges ensure that, if you re not already nuts for knots, Petit will transform you into a knot aficionado.
About the Author
PHILIPPE PETIT is Artist-In-Residence of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and has performed on the high wire more than eighty times around the world. He also street-juggles, lectures, and practices close-up magic. He is the subject of the award-winning documentary film Man on Wire.