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Cheating The Impossible: Ideas and Recipes from a Rebellious High-Wire Artist (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Philippe Petit
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Philippe Petit startled the world when he walked on a taut cable between the soaring twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City in 1974. But even a death-defying high-wire artist has to start somewhere. In 'Cheating the Impossible: Ideas and Recipes from a Rebellious High-Wire Artist,' Petit takes you on a highly personal, entertaining and exciting journey from his first card trick at age 6 to his now-legendary walk through the skies of lower Manhattan, offering inspiring advice guaranteed to make your own life’s balancing act go a little smoother.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 525 KB
  • Print Length: 50 pages
  • Publisher: TED Conferences (18 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008JGSLGC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky inspirational 23 July 2012
This book is a refreshing read. It's self-help from the perspective of a wholly original mind. I loved the lessons Philippe has gained from a lifetime of being self-taught. His dedication to overcoming any challenge, disregarding any problem. It makes me feel as if there is so much more we can achieve if we just ignore what others say. Philippe has a lovely 'voice' and the recommendations for music to listen to per chapter as well as his further reading notes add to the book. A charming, fast and quirky read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Catching the Impossible Red-Handed!" 22 July 2012
By T. A. Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
Cheating the Impossible: Ideas and Recipes from a Rebellious High-Wire Artist can be summed up in one sentence: this one sentence is the first phrase that Petit uses in the "About the Book" section: "I'm taking you with me on the high wire!" For those unfamiliar with the man, Philippe Petit is the high-wire artist made famous by the 1974 stunt in which he walked between the two World Trade Center buildings. There's been a documentary about this event (MAN ON WIRE) and a book recounting this experience (TO REACH THE CLOUDS).

If you've seen his TED Talk (I will provide a link in the comments section of this review), you'll know a lot of what Cheating The Impossible has to offer. Petit is a self-described man of passions, and this Kindle Single stresses his role as an artist above all else. Each brief chapter offers a musical accompaniment, literary suggestions, and the essay is littered with colorful photos and art. These additional bits do well to bring the reader into the mind of Petit, who, as it comes across, is constantly inspired by different media of art. Many of the lessons here (combining intellectual and physical efforts) can be extrapolated into almost any artistic arena, and need not only apply to walking on a high-wire. Petit is constantly pushing the limits of what is possible, and Cheating the Impossible focuses primarily on the kind of attitude needed to pull it off.

One of the things I really enjoyed about Cheating the Impossible is its voice. Where some ghost-written books eliminate some of the storyteller's voice, this Kindle Single is rife with Petit's manic, passionate voice. Both great in their own rights, TO REACH THE CLOUDS and MAN ON WIRE don't quite capture Petit's sense of storytelling like Cheating the Impossible does.

I would recommend this to anyone who loved MAN ON WIRE, his TED Talk, or anyone interested in diving into the mind of a man inspired enough to walk between the World Trade Center. It's a brief read (not too brief), and well worth the price.

(Additional release information:)
Readers would do well to view Cheating the Impossible on a color-enabled reading device. While not imperative, it will be needed to experience the color in many of the vivid photographs included herein.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky inspirational 23 July 2012
By J.F.Penn - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a refreshing read. It's self-help from the perspective of a wholly original mind. I loved the lessons Philippe has gained from a lifetime of being self-taught. His dedication to overcoming any challenge, disregarding any problem. It makes me feel as if there is so much more we can achieve if we just ignore what others say. Philippe has a lovely 'voice' and the recommendations for music to listen to per chapter as well as his further reading notes add to the book. A charming, fast and quirky read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different 30 July 2012
By Mec - Published on Amazon.com
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Petit has accomplished extraordinary things. In this essay, he examines his inner life, the spirit that enables him and drives him. His view of himself and the world is very different from mine, almost alien -- which makes it interesting to read. And his accomplishments make it valuable to read. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheating The Impossible 29 July 2012
By Tim Guinee - Published on Amazon.com
How would you step out onto a high wire with a great yawning chasm beneath you awaiting a misstep? Or climb into a ring with an angry Peruvian bull? Phillipe Petit has made a life's work out of not to only Cheating The Impossible but finding indefatigable exuberance in the process. In this glorious little book he whispers some of his secrets for transforming seemingly insurmountable obstacles into revivifying dances. You may know Mr Petit as the man who (illegally) crossed a high wire strung between the World Trade Center Towers, but this modern renaissance man is so much more. He is a cook, a pickpocket, an illusionist, an equestrian, an artist, an author, a wine expert - who knows what else? The book is joyous and funny and as irrepressibly enthusiastic as Mr Petit himself. So grab the reins and fall into the wonder that exists even in the face of the impossible. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.Cheating The Impossible: Ideas and Recipes from a Rebellious High-Wire Artist (Kindle Single)
3.0 out of 5 stars a week after i read it 29 April 2014
By M. Lacey - Published on Amazon.com
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just did not hold me. too shallow and totally unmemorable writing and 7 days. after the last page I cannot recall any of the book.
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