'Piano Man' still a mystery


LONDON: The hospital treating a mute piano virtuoso, found wandering on a beach last month, yesterday dismissed speculation that the man was a hoax.

"He genuinely does seem to be suffering a psychological condition," said social worker Michael Camp, one of the staff caring for the young man since he was found on April 7.

"He never walks in a straight line. If he enters a room, he will not walk across it.

"He will walk round the room, keeping his back close to the walls."

The tall blonde man, thought to be in his 20s or early 30s, was found on the beach at Minster soaking wet but fully dressed in a black suit, with no clue as to his origin.

He has not spoken since and has not responded to written appeals while being kept under observation at a mental health hospital in Kent.

The silent man, dubbed ‘Piano Man’ by the media, continued to show worrying behaviour, his carers said.

"If more than one person is in the room, his eyes flicker from one person to another," said Camp, adding: "He is petrified by people".

However, he has fascinated social workers, the media and the general public over his one means of communication: playing classical piano music.

Agencias: AFP
Medio: Gulf Times Newspaper
Fecha: Lunes 23 de mayo de 2005
Notas: Gulf Times Newspaper, 2005
ID: 1947 Editar

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