Billy Connolly has learned to ‘hypnotize’ the hand to stay still when it is shaking from Parkinson’s disease – .

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Billy Connolly has learned to ‘hypnotize’ the hand to stay still when it is shaking from Parkinson’s disease – .


Sir Billy Connolly has revealed that he has learned to ‘hypnotize’ his hand so that it becomes still when he begins to shake from his Parkinson’s disease.

The 79-year-old veteran comedian, also known as The Big Yin, was diagnosed with the disease in 2013 before retiring from live performances five years later and has since been open and honest about the limits to which he is. confronted.

In his new interview with The Radio Times, he explained that the progression of the disease means he can no longer write letters, but he proudly revealed that he uses “hypnosis” to control his hands.

New skills: Sir Billy Connolly has revealed he has learned to ‘hypnotize’ his hand to become still when he begins to shake from his Parkinson’s (pictured 2018)

Billy told the publication, “I learned to hypnotize my hand. I look at him and he is shaking a little. I just look at him, and finally he stops. It’s a pretty good tip. We like it. ‘

Reflecting on his condition, he added, “I have never tried to cover up the disease. I’ve had it up to here. It won’t go away. People are a little chained there. But I try to be happy.

He admitted that the thing that “gnaws at him the most” is that he can’t write anymore. He explained how he liked to write letters, but now his handwriting is unreadable.

The actor has a collection of fountain pens and ink to accompany them but is no longer able to use them. Billy added that he faced the condition saying, “Damn, I’m going to get on with my life. “

Open and honest: The veteran comedian, 79, also known as The Big Yin, was diagnosed with the disease in 2013 before retiring from shows five years later

The Scottish stand-up also said he didn’t like Parkinson’s help groups.

WHAT IS PARKINSON? THE INCURABLE DISEASE THAT HITS BOXER MUHAMMAD ALI

Parkinson’s disease affects one in 500 people, including about one million Americans.

It causes muscle stiffness, slowness of movement, tremors, sleep disturbances, chronic fatigue, impaired quality of life and can lead to severe disability.

It is a progressive neurological disease that destroys cells in the part of the brain that controls movement.

People with the condition are known to have reduced their dopamine stores because the nerve cells that produce it have died.

There is currently no cure and no way to stop the progression of the disease, but hundreds of scientific trials are underway to try to change that.

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was killed by illness in 2016.

He explained how people find help from others by meeting for lunch to talk about the disease, but said he couldn’t think of anything worse, insisting he didn’t want that. it is the “main subject” of his life.

Sir Billy, who has written an autobiography titled Windswept And Interesting since retiring from stand-up, said he watched his past performances and enjoyed the jokes.

He says he feels like he’s looking at someone else he doesn’t identify with, adding that he likes the feeling.

His last conversation comes shortly after Billy made a very cheeky joke about his sex life in a hilarious video posted by his wife sex therapist Pamela Stephenson.

The comedian, 78, joked that he only lasted “seven seconds” in the bedroom while recording his new audiobook Windswept & Interesting.

In a clip posted by Pamela, 71, captioned: “Billy talks about me again,” Billy said, “My wife is a sex therapist – a pretty limiting topic, I think. How can you study something that is only seven seconds long? ‘

“My own sexual demands are extremely simple: I like the missionary position – standing in a pot in a safari costume, looking towards Africa. Is that too much to ask ??! ‘

The star, who has been married to Pamela since 1989, later spoke about how bad he was at “talking to women” when he was single.

He said, “I’ve always had a problem with sex. Not so much the sex itself – more the beginning. I’ve never been good at chatting with women. I didn’t know when it was working. Sex is an important thing. Terrible things happen when people are fucked up.

Problems: The comedian says he misses writing letters and has a collection of fountain pens and ink that he can no longer use

Problems: The comedian says he misses writing letters and has a collection of fountain pens and ink that he can no longer use

“When a woman was on my case, I didn’t see her. I was unable to receive the message. My friends would say to me, ‘She’s crazy about you.’ ‘Who?’ “That over there. ” ‘Who?’

Billy and Pamela now live in the Florida Keys while battling Parkinson’s disease.

Sir Billy – a former shipyard worker – has previously written two books – Tall Tales and Wee Stories and Made in Scotland – which have touched on his life in Glasgow.

Windswept & Interesting tells the full story of his eventful existence which propelled him from being a welder on Clyde’s Docks via a stint as a folk singer to one of the world’s most beloved comics.

Read the full interview in Radio Times, now available.

Couple: The star, who has been married to Pamela since 1989, later explained how bad he was for

Couple: The star, who has been married to Pamela since 1989, later explained how bad he was at ‘chatting with women’ when he was single (pictured in 2012)

Read more: Full Billy's interview available in new issues of Radio Times, right now

Read more: Full Billy’s interview available in new issues of Radio Times, right now

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