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Thrills Without Spills: Renowned Artist and World Trade Center Wire Walker Philippe Petit Delivers Response Expo Keynote on April 26

23 Mar, 2016 By: Thomas Haire


SANTA ANA, Calif. – Philippe Petit, universal poet laureate of the high wire and best known for his 1974 walk between the twin towers of New York’s then-new World Trade Center, will help attendees celebrate the beginning of the 10th Response Expo by delivering a stirring and creative keynote address. Presented by Havas Edge, Petit will appear at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront to kick off the three-day event.

“Philippe Petit’s creativity as an artist has allowed him to expand the boundaries of not only high-wire walking, but also of writing, film, and theater. We are thrilled to welcome him to the all-star roster of powerful Response Expo keynote speakers and are sure that he will expand the boundaries of what we believe a keynote presentation can be,” says Response Expo executive director and Response Magazine publisher John Yarrington. “Philippe’s spectacular history of artistry and achievement – and his inimitable speaking style – are sure to leave attendees with a new vision of what they can accomplish personally and professionally.”

Petit was born in France and took his first steps on the wire at age 16. He learned everything by himself while being expelled from five different schools. Using his wire to extend the boundaries of theater, music, writing, poetry, and drawing, he has become an inimitable high-wire artist.