Creativity: The Perfect Crime – by FUNambulist Philippe Petit

Creativity: The Perfect Crime

We are all dealing with so many different challenges, that I find comfort in selecting and exploring one food-for-thought topic every year.

Philippe Petit, author of Creativity: The Perfect Crime, is “an arrogant, name-dropping, self-infatuated, attention-seeking narcissist”, as a review mentioned. To quote another one: “This book is not well written (disjointed thoughts, unfinished sentences, rambling, infantile drawings, and most annoyingly–exclamations every third sentence!!!)”.

Those rants of readers actually encouraged me to select Philippe Petit as the ambassador for my 2019 food-for-thought topic. After all, being the person who walked from the roof of one of the New York Twin Towers to the other on a high wire, I believe that he is more entitled than most to be slightly self-indulgent.

The vertiginous grandeur of the walk on a tight-rope between those buildings on August 7th, 1974 almost makes one forget that the entire operation was unauthorized and prepared in complete secrecy. Bringing 61 meter of steel cable to the roof of the building unseen, and create a 42-meter crossing without being caught requires many forms of creativity at every step.

Reading this book, you will be challenged to not expect a simple how-to guide to creativity, but to use the personal journey of ‘le grand Philippe Petit’ as an introspection to discover the Philippe Petit within yourself.

I hope that the energy of Philippe Petit will infect you, that you will agree that ‘audacious’ and ‘creativity’ are two words that never should be separated, and that you will find the funambulist inside to ‘imagineer’ any ambition that might seem unthinkable at first thought.

Happy 2019!
Bert van Loon

Ps.: don’t forget that the word ‘fun’ is hidden in plain sight in the word funambulist!

Getting into the mind of Philippe Petit

a video selection

A 40 minute documentary about the Twin Tower crossing.

On creativity – Philippe Petit at TED

A great on-stage interview with Philippe Petit, by Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune’s film critic, for the Chicago Humanities Festival