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The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The Piano Man
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)
Update: My wife pointed this out to me. Could the Piano Man be a modern-day Princess Caraboo?
Update 2: 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.
Categories: Identity/Imposters, Psychology
Posted by The Curator on Wed May 18, 2005
Comments (28)
Well, I'm waiting for the movie that Hollywood is certain to do very soon from now...
Posted by corax  in  Lisbon - Portugal  on  Mon May 23, 2005  at  10:42 AM
Only the media painted him as a classical pianist, his carers merely said that he played beautifully. None of them know classical music but it's been later identified as Swan Lake and he plays some John Lennon.

He was found in a dinner suit which is perfectly normal attire for a "gig" as apposed to, just played the royal albert hall... They actually checked if he'd been attending a local funeral first.

The music he wrote was verified, I assume as in checked to be properly written musical score and not made up jibberish.

He has been likened to the canadian "mr nobody" who is now apparantly missing... which has not been officially commented on yet. Personally I think they look similar but aint the same guy. Who knows! It's a weird coincidence etc etc

I don't think it's a hoax anyway, no matter whether he is autistic, tried to commit suicide or cut his labels off and offered himself as a nut for some solitude. Even if he's an asylum seeker, it must be in some extremely difficult circumstances to stay mute for over 6 weeks voluntarily or not. Heck that would drive most people crazy itself.

Secure hospitals aren't exactly happy hotels and anyone who's been to one knows you don't just go hang out there for the fun of it. Then again it may be a damn site better than something he's been used to before. Let's not forget he won't be allowed to leave when he fancies, not until he's deemed not a risk etc

Personally I think the poor guys just had enough cr*p somewhere along the line. Internationally, not one person has come forward with who he is yet... (not that we know of anyway). Just in comparison, even reality TV stars get their old school pals selling their story for cash to the press. This guy has no family/friends/old school pals/college friends/teachers/local shop assistant?! I'm sure someone from my local shop would recognise me if I was plastered on everything. If he has had plastic surgery, where's the surgeon/hospital shouting "that's the guy we did!"

No matter the reason he's there, I really wish him well.
Posted by Lila  in  Yorkshire, UK  on  Tue May 24, 2005  at  12:11 AM
Show is go on:

"The amnesiac is not Steve, I saw my brother yesterday in Nice," Julie Villa Massone said on Wednesday, while the man's cousin Denis said he had spoken with the man earlier on Wednesday by telephone.

Witnesses said they saw Massone perform on Tuesday in front of Nice's main courthouse, as he does nearly every day, according to his family".
Posted by r_l  in  Tartu, Estonia  on  Fri May 27, 2005  at  12:25 PM
Posted by Didio  in  Brazil  on  Tue May 31, 2005  at  09:32 PM
No Didio, it wasn't UFO's it was the Secret Masters.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Tue May 31, 2005  at  11:00 PM
By the way, who said Yeti can't play piano?
Posted by r_l  in  Tartu, Estonia  on  Wed Jun 01, 2005  at  07:18 AM
In my personal oppinion, he's obviously suffered a severe amount of trauma, which has resulted in what i would call a Shakespeare's Strain, an over torsion, or disconnection of one or the other solar plexus nerve's. Da Vinci's The Last Supper, give's us a clue about this nerve torsion by portraying each disciple representing one of the six muscle's of each eye, with Christ acting as Judge in between, Debir "between the eye's of the Lord". Looking at the knife being held in an overstretched position, is the representaion of 'Jepeardy'. The one holding the knife is Mute, and represent's the Strain needed for a perticular nerve tone to activate the 'BOSS' system in the right hemisphere for Heart Coherence.
This type of torsion technique was also used by the ancient Egyptian's to perform the process of Metempsychosis, resulting in a shift of perspective's in a traumatised state to a save game process of survival. Something Hitler, and the UK Establishment have been experimenting with for year's in the NIMH, and were cought out in 2002 stealing brain's from deseased people who had suffered severe level's of depression, or rather persecution within a system.
The only thing that meake's me sceptical that this is a natural Torc, is the fact that all identity lable's were removed from his clothing, this still leave's the question of why his finger print's, blood type, or dental record's havn't been investigated by Interpol, and why not!
As far as i'm concerned, the Piano Man is an Establishment experiment on the public, whose aim is to represent a Christ like figure in their attempt's to sustain a myth for a failing Church and bank ballence!
The Holy Gail's a very bitter cup to swallow, and according to the prophesy of the Second Coming, 2 Esdras 7:26, and Revelations 22; Uriel's dressed as a bride, representing the flesh with the spirit of a man, in other word's, a woman with more bollock's than any man!!!
Posted by Mute  in  Birmingham, UK  on  Thu Jun 02, 2005  at  10:55 AM
According to recent press, radio and tv stories it was a hoax. The perpetrator was from Bavaria and has very limited pianistic skills. He admitted the deception and has been shipped back home.

see: for more on this story.
Posted by Lord Lucan  in  somewhere strange  on  Mon Aug 22, 2005  at  04:14 PM
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