Savants, those legendary masters of mental mayhem. They are blessed with an oasis of talent in a desert of disability and ineptitude. Although they could probably tell you how many thread are in their shoelaces, tying them together would be an almost impossible task. Although savant syndrome is not an officially recognized medical disorder it is perhaps one of the least understood and scientists are still trying to figure out what is going on in the minds of the these amazing savants.
20. Tommy McHugh
tommymchugh.com Although Tommy is not really considered a savant in the classic sense, he comes awfully close. An Irish ex-con with a taste for violence he had a brain aneurysm one night and after the doctors managed to save his life he came back to the world with an insane desire to paint. Although he may not be the next Picasso, it’s not his talent that is so amazing, but rather his drive. In fact, it would be hard to accuse him of not making the most of his available space as he fills even his ceilings with his work.
15. Matt Savage
Charles Haynes Although this musical wunderkind never received any formal training he has been astonishing audiences ever since he laid hands on a piano at the age of 6. An accomplished performer, he tours the world and performed for heads of state with his band, “The Matt Savage Trio.” He has received many awards and is the only child to ever sign a contract with BÃ¶sendorfer pianos.
10. Tony Deblois
fosters.com A musical savant, Tony has mastered 20 musical instruments and has over 8,000 pieces memorized. Having began his career at the age of two on the piano, Tony now tours the world with his band Goodnuf.
5. George Widener
Virginia Green/Stable Gallery Growing up in rural Appalachia, George spent most of his early life in and out of homeless shelters due to a lack of public awareness towards autism. Eventually though, he was diagnosed and now he has found a release for his numerically oriented mind through art. In one of the more fascinating conversations of the last century, George actually met megasavant Kim Peek. The conversation that ensued has been featured in a short film by French filmmaker Bruno Decharme.
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