Creativity: The Perfect Crime

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In the vein of The Creative Habit and The Artist’s Way, a new manifesto on the creative process from a master of the impossible.
 
Since well before his epic 1974 walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, Philippe Petit had become an artist who answered first and foremost to the demands of his craft—not only on the high wire, but also as a magician, street juggler, visual artist, builder, and writer. A born rebel like many ...

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Overview

In the vein of The Creative Habit and The Artist’s Way, a new manifesto on the creative process from a master of the impossible.
 
Since well before his epic 1974 walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, Philippe Petit had become an artist who answered first and foremost to the demands of his craft—not only on the high wire, but also as a magician, street juggler, visual artist, builder, and writer. A born rebel like many creative people, he was from an early age a voracious learner who taught himself, cultivating the attitudes, resources, and techniques to tackle even seemingly impossible feats. His outlaw sensibility spawned a unique approach to the creative process—an approach he shares, with characteristic enthusiasm, irreverence, and originality in Creativity: The Perfect Crime.
            Making the reader his accomplice, Petit reveals new and unconventional ways of going about the artistic endeavor, from generating and shaping ideas to practicing and problem-solving to pulling off the “coup” itself—executing a finished work. The strategies and insights he shares will resonate with performers of every stripe (actors, musicians, dancers) and practitioners of the non-performing arts (painters, writers, sculptors), and also with ordinary mortals in search of fresh ways of tackling the challenges and possibilities of everyday existence.

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Library Journal
12/01/2013
Sure, he's artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, as well as a juggler, street performer, and magician, but we all know Petit as the man who walked between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Here he argues that every born artist is also a born rebel, set to upend the rules.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594631689
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/15/2014
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 173,545
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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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