In the past few days the 'Piano Man'
has been getting a lot
of attention. He's a guy who was found "wandering on a windswept road on the Isle of Sheppey". He was dripping wet and very confused. The authorities took him to a hospital where the staff discovered that although the guy refuses to say a word, and they have no idea of his identity, he is an accomplished piano player. He's now been at the hospital for a couple of weeks, during which time he hasn't said a word, but he loves to play the piano. All of this seems very similar to the case of the pianist David Helfgott, who was depicted in the 1996 film Shine
starring Geoffrey Rush. The cases seem so similar that some people
are suspecting it's some kind of hoax or prank. I really doubt it's a hoax. It sounds like he's been at the hospital long enough that the staff would have seen through it by now if the guy were just putting on an act. (thanks to KJ for forwarding some links about this)
My wife pointed this out to me. Could the Piano Man be a modern-day Princess Caraboo
A Polish mime claims that he knows the Piano Man
and says that he's a French street musician named Steven Villa Masson. This has yet to be confirmed.