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Old 05-17-05, 07:58 PM   #1
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Mystery Pianist Found on English Beach

Silent 'Piano Man' poses beach riddle
Mon May 16,10:38 AM ET
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/s/nm/2005...itain_piano_dc

A smartly dressed man found wandering in a soaking wet suit near an English beach has baffled police and care workers after he refused to say a word and then gave a virtuoso piano performance.

The man, wearing a formal black suit and tie, was spotted by police in Kent on April 8 and taken to a psychiatric unit where it proved impossible to identify him because he stayed silent.

It was only after he was given a pen and paper that care-givers were given an intriguing clue to his possible background when he drew an intricate picture of a grand piano.

He was taken to the hospital's chapel where he played classical music on the piano for hours.

However, despite his picture being posted on the National Missing Persons Helpline's (NMPH) Web site, no one has come forward to identify him.

"Very little is known about him as he has not been speaking with staff at the hospital where he is being cared for, but he has a talent for playing classical piano," an NMPH spokesman said in a statement. Newspapers said members of the public had contacted authorities to say they may have seen the man giving concert performances around Europe.

The Daily Telegraph said the man, in his 20s or 30s, is believed to be English and may have suffered a mental breakdown.

His story echoes the 1996 Oscar-winning film "Shine," in which actor Geoffrey Rush played Australian pianist David Helfgott, who overcame a nervous breakdown to return to performing.
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Old 05-17-05, 08:17 PM   #2
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THE “Piano Man” found wandering on a beach in Kent may have been identified last night.
Italian police contacted UK cops yesterday to reveal that the mystery man has been named as French entertainer Steven Villa Masson.

The information came from a 33-year-old Polish illegal immigrant working as a street performer in Rome.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2005220809,00.html

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Old 05-17-05, 08:22 PM   #3
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So he just washed ashore?
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Old 05-17-05, 09:45 PM   #4
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Wow... it must be Gilligan!

Gilligaaaaaaan! Gillllliiiiiiigggaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!

(And now... back to real news that affects the world...)

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Old 05-18-05, 07:33 AM   #5
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Well, the news I read said the guy's not a virtuoso player, just an accomplished amateur.

So...savant or stunt? I'm voting for stunt.

After the crazy news we've had lately: fingers in chili, "kidnapped" brides...
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Old 05-18-05, 07:35 AM   #6
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He was probably having a hard time getting a gig
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Old 05-18-05, 07:48 AM   #7
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My point exactly. A little controversy and mystery can help advance a career.

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He's for sure doing some stupid stunt. He would have been better off crashing TBS's "Gilligan's Island". What a joke. He must be desperate.

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Old 05-18-05, 05:29 PM   #9
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The news isn't really worth watching anymore...Most the stuff they inform us on is over publized and isn't important to my everyday life. Thats why I watch the Daily Show...at least they admit there fake.
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Well, he is now well enough to be let out of the hospital.

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9039480/

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He probably took a shine to "Shine" with Geoffrey Rush.
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That's what his parents get for making him practice Debussy's 'La Mer' over and over again 'til his fingers bled.

Maybe we can say that as a pianist, he's washed up.

Or maybe.....

Stop me now. I could go on all afternoon with this...
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Old 08-23-05, 10:07 AM   #13
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I thought you were joking at first and had just come back from seeing the British movie 'Lavender Ladies'. It's a 99% parellel story, the difference is the violin, not the piano!!!!!
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I think the guy is a total fraud. Looks like attention-seeking behavior to me. Maybe he really does have a mental illness. Looks kin to Boy George.
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That's what his parents get for making him practice Debussy's 'La Mer' over and over again 'til his fingers bled.

Maybe we can say that as a pianist, he's washed up.

Or maybe.....

Stop me now. I could go on all afternoon with this...
LOL!

He couldn't Handell the pressure, but his family want him Bach.
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LOL!

He couldn't Handell the pressure, but his family want him Bach.
You guys are wasted on his forum, you should go on the road! (no pun intended)
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