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Billy Connolly says he ‘learned to hypnotize’ his hands to help control his Parkinson’s disease

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Billy Connolly discussed an unusual tactic he has adopted to help control his Parkinson’s disease: hypnosis.

The comedian said he learned to hypnotize his hands so they don’t shake, which is a symptom of the condition. Connolly was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013, which led to him subsequently having to quit acting in stand-up comedy.

Speaking in an interview with Radio Times, the respected artist of the Scottish entertainment industry said he treated his illness the same way he treated the buskers at his concerts.

“I stared at it and it shook a little,” he said. “I learned to hypnotize my hands.”

The comic, 79, said the technique reminded him of his teachers at school, who could control just by pointing at him. “I just stared at it, and eventually it stopped. That’s a pretty cool trick. We love it.”

Connolly, who lives in Florida, said he was “frustrated” with his condition because it took away some of the things he enjoys doing, such as writing letters.

Connolly recently released her new autobiography, Windswept and fun, in which he discusses his difficult childhood, his enduring career and his rise to fame in the 1970s after a famous appearance on Michael Parkinson’s flagship BBC talk show.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/billy-connolly-parkinsons-hypnotise-hand-b1971138.html Billy Connolly says he ‘learned to hypnotize’ his hands to help control his Parkinson’s disease

Emma Bowman

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