- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - Philippe Petit is planning a series of high-wire walks next fall around the United States.

The 59-year-old says they’ll include midtown Manhattan, and will promote literacy. He’s keeping mum about other details.

Secrecy also preceded Petit’s 1974 walk between the World Trade Center towers. A documentary about it, “Man on Wire,” won an Oscar.

Petit has been an artist-in-residence at Manhattan’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine since 1982. He keeps a practice wire strung high inside a hall there.

He’s also braved a wobbly ladder to reach cathedral chandeliers.

Jokes Petit: “Now you know how many wire walkers it takes to change a light bulb.”

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