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Confessions of an Outlaw: Valuable Mistakes

As a high-wire artist, Philippe Petit doesn't have much room for mistakes. Still, he finds that mistakes are our best teachers and advises friends and students to treat them as such.

Confessions of an Outlaw: Intuition and Improvisation

Intuition and improvisation are not opposites. They are cousins. One must take an intellectual approach to an adventurous exploration of the unknown.

Confessions of an Outlaw: The Art of Balance

High-wire artist Philippe Petit wasn't just born with superior balance; it's something he's developed all his life and something he applies to all his life.

Confessions of an Outlaw: Discipline and Play

A marriage of discipline and play seems contradictory, but Philippe Petit thrives on being an extreme and contradictory artist.

Confessions of an Outlaw: Finding Focus

Philippe Petit calls himself something of a Luddite. We live in a world in which we are slaves to our gadgets. His brand of art calls for a level of focus not possible when tethered to a device.

Confessions of an Outlaw: The Alchemy of Sleep

High-wire artist Philippe Petit explains how to practice creativity while sleeping.

Confessions of an Outlaw: Chaos and Order

High-wire artist Philippe Petit describes his process of compressing chaos in order to build a model for creative output.

Confessions of an Outlaw: The Self You Bring

How to you inspire people? How do you touch an audience? High-wire artist Philippe Petit explains the secret is to not try at all. Instead, be yourself.

Confessions of an Outlaw: A Creativity Workshop, with Philippe Petit

High-wire artist Philippe Petit, who four decades ago performed illegally between the World Trade Center towers, explains how his personal brand of outlaw creativity can be harnessed to inspire and solve problems.

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