That is the question people ask me most.
Why? For what?
Why do you walk on the wire?
Why do you tempt fate?
Why do you risk death?
I don't think of it this way. I never even say this word.
好吧 我说过一次 刚才又说了两次
Yes, okay, I said it once or, or, maybe three times just now.
But watch, I will not say it again.
Instead, I use the opposite word.
For me, to walk on the wire, this is life.
c'est la vie.
picture with me, it's 1974, New York City,
and I am in love with two buildings, two towers.
Or as everyone in the world calls them,
the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
They call to me,
these towers, they stir something inside of me,
and they inspire in me, a dream.
is to hang a high wire between those Twin Towers,
and walk on it.
Of course, uh, this is impossible,
not to mention illegal.
So, why attempt the impossible?
Why follow your dream?
But I cannot answer this question, "Why?" Not with words.
But I can show you how it happened.
那么 就让我们跨过大洋 回到那时
And so, we must go back in time and across the ocean,
because my love affair with these beautiful towers
did not begin in New York.
In case you couldn't tell, I'm not from here.
No. My story begins in another
one of the world's most beautiful cities.
So, now, picture Paris.
Here I am, a self-proclaimed wire walker
that nobody on earth cares about,
surviving as a troubadour performing in the streets.
I've created a character. I have a top hat.
I wear only black.
I teach myself to draw a perfect circle on the ground,
and within this circle, I never speak, not one word.
The circle is my domain,
and I don't allow
Even half of a toe inside of it.
And if the spectators continue to violate my sacred space,
well, I must employ more drastic measures.
I perform for anyone who will watch me, and people love it.
男人 女人 年轻人 老人 所有人
Man, woman, young, old, everyone.
Except, of course, the police.
I don't believe in getting a permit.
But no matter where I was going or what I was doing,
I was always searching,
looking for the perfect place to hang my wire.
I have a horrible toothache. I need to see a dentist right away!
Did you call for an appointment?
I don't have a telephone.
You'll have to wait.
可是... 拜托你了 女士
But madame... please?
It shouldn't be more than two hours.
You expect me to suffer like this for hours?
I hope I don't collapse from the pain.
Suddenly, I freeze.
The pain in my tooth is gone.
In the magazine, there's an article
with an illustration about the towers.
They're not even finished yet,
but the magazine says that once they are,
they will be the tallest in the world.
And with this tiny pencil stroke,
my fate was sealed.
This was the beginning of my dream.
The first time I ever saw a wire walker, I was eight years old.
The circus had come to my town,
and it featured The Omankowsky Family Troupe,
one of the greatest wire-walking troupes in the world.
The White Devils.
My son, the circus clown.
And I teach myself to walk on that rope.
And it turns out, I have some
talent for climbing and balancing, even juggling.
But I want to know more.
Get down from there!
So this is how I meet Rudy Omankowsky, Sr.,
the patriarch of The White Devils wire-walking family,
who everybody calls "Papa Rudy."
He would never say exactly where he was from.
He was certainly not French.
Papa Rudy was a supreme wire walker,
acrobat and juggler.
And in that moment, I suppose he saw something in me.
I don't speak Czech.
- I speak English. - Okay.
Today, you're going to learn how to make entrance.
You need to learn how to compliment.
"Compliment?" What's that?
A compliment is a silent message,
an order to the audience to pay attention.
And after the performance,
a compliment is also an offering of gratitude.
好 好 好 好
Okay, okay, okay, okay.
不 菲利普 这样可不行
No, Philippe. That was terrible.
You're doing too much. Eh?
Do nothing. Now, try again.
不行 我说了 别太过
No! I said, "Do nothing!"
You're still doing too much! You look like a coward.
The audience must always feel you are in control.
Stop trying so hard!
Do nothing. Do it again.
Ah! Where's your respect? You didn't do anything.
But you said to do nothing!
Do nothing on the outside.
On the inside, in your heart, you must salute.
"In my heart?"
What the hell are you talking about?
But the performer must have an honest respect
and gratitude for the audience.
But why should I respect the audience? It is me on the wire.
You will salute the audience and pay respect!
There is no show without an audience!
Unless you understand that,
you will never perform in circus.