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Living on the edge: Memorable death-defying stunts

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 29: In this Aug. 7, 1974 file photo, Philippe Petit, a French high wire artist, walks across a tightrope suspended between the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York. Philippe Petit stars in "Man on a Wire," directed by James Marsh.

Philippe Petit

French high wire artist Philippe Petit walked across a tightrope suspended between the World Trade Center's Twin Towers — that stood around 200 feet (61 meters) apart — in New York City, New York, U.S., on Aug. 7, 1974. This feat was performed 1,350 feet (400 meters) above the ground and lasted 45 minutes. Without a safety net and using a balancing pole, he made eight passes along the wire.

© Alan Welner/AP Photo
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