Billy Connolly has learnt to hypnotise his hand to stop shaking from Parkinson’s

Sir Billy Connolly says he has learned to 'hypnotise' his hand to stop shaking from Parkinson's
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Speaking to the Radio Times the star said: “I’ve learnt to hypnotise my hand. I glare at it and it kinda quivers.

“I just stare at it, and eventually it stops. It’s quite a good trick. We love it.”

Addressing the disease in general, Sir Billy said: “I’ve never tried to cover up the illness. I’m pissed off with it. It won’t go away. People are kinda chained to it. But I try to be cheery.”

He also said he is frustrated he can no longer write – leaving his collection of impressive pens to gather dust.

He said: “I loved writing letters, but now my writing is illegible.

Sir Billy opened up to the Radio Times Christmas Issue
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Sir Billy is promoting his new autobiography – which he wrote after retiring from live performance
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“My collection of fountain pens and ink is redundant. It’s a pain in the bum.

“You confront it by saying ‘Bugger off, I’m going to get on with my life.’”

In a recent different interview, Sir Billy hinted his views about the afterlife may have shifted in the years since his diagnosis.

The Scotsman – who was raised as a Catholic and has been highly critical of the Church in the past – shared his changing opinion.

Asked about death and a possible afterlife, he said: “Who knows? It might be so lovely on the other side that you don’t ever think about that.

Sir Billy said in a recent interview that he thinks he would be 'cancelled' if he started his career today
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“I’m sure there’s something. I don’t know… in recent years, I’ve just got a feeling that there is, that we don’t just turn to sh*te.”

Sir Billy added: “Maybe this is my refusal to accept something so mundane, that I’ll be squashed, like any other garden mite, and that’ll be the end.

“Well, that can’t be what happens, can it?”

Meanwhile, the actor criticised sensitivities displayed by modern culture in yet another recent interview – saying he would have been ‘cancelled’ if he had started out his career today.

The star – who began performing back in the 1960s – told New Zealand radio network Newstalk ZB: "Absolutely. You can't decide to be fearless, you're either fearless or you're not and you go about it.

"Because of political correctness people have pulled in the horns but I don't know how I feel about that. I couldn't have started today with the talent I had then, certainly not.

"There's a show here in America with all black comedians, men and women, and they are totally ruthless.

"They are totally without political correctness and they have always got me on the floor howling with laughter. It's just the cheek of them and the bravery of it.

"There was a comedian who had a series on television and the suits involved were going to take it off at the first commercial break.

"They have got no bravery. We need people who give people time and a chance to develop and all that kind of stuff.

"I think things have changed forever [with political correctness] but you never know."

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