French tightrope walker Philippe Petit, 24, looks back at a photographer as he rests before his second walk across a cable stretched between New York's World Trade Center towers on Aug. 7, 1974. / Alan Welner, AP
Forty years ago, Philippe Petit walked a high wire between New York's Twin Towers and today history will repeat itself when the daredevil attempts to reconstruct his stunt.
The 64-year-old author and artist-in-residence at New York's Cathedral of Saint John the Divine will walk a high wire Thursday at the LongHouse Reserve, a sculpture garden in East Hampton. A flier of the event notes that Petit will use the same wire and walk the same distance as he did four decades ago. Petit has been posting his practices leading up to it on Facebook.
Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of Petit's tightrope walk between the newly-built towers. With just a balancing pole, the acrobat danced, knelt and laid down during eight passes across the wire. The feat shot the street juggler to stardom and jail, but the charges were dropped in exchange for a free high-wire act for kids in Central Park.
An Oscar-winning documentary, Man on a Wire, chronicles Petit's aerial adventure and an upcoming biopic, The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, will re-tell the story this fall.
Watch the video to learn more about how Petit pulled off the stunt.
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