Bo’ness boy hangs around for charity

10 year old Lauchlin Muir from Bo'ness amazes shoppers with his floating statue illusion.
10 year old Lauchlin Muir from Bo'ness amazes shoppers with his floating statue illusion.
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Shoppers couldn’t believe their eyes when they thought they saw an old man floating in mid-air.

The statue-like figure was actually Bo’ness boy Lauchlan Muir, who was raising money for Children in Need.

He managed to collect an incredible £3500 for the BBC’s annual appeal.

Lauchlan (10), a pupil at Bo’ness Public School, said: “People are very generous when it comes to Children in Need.”

While on holiday with his family in London, Lauchlan saw his first floating statue and immediately fell in love with the illusion.

So much so that he decided to pull off a similar stunt for his own fundraising.

For the past five years Lauchlan has raised money for Children in Need by touring shopping centres across central Scotland and is pictured here at Braehead Shopping Centre, Glasgow.

This year nine shopping centres were left amazed by Lauchlan’s levitating.

Proud dad John Muir said: “For years he has tricked people as a floating statue, but this time he combined floating and standing, to give the audience something different.”

The public always want to know how it works, but Lauchlan won’t give away his secrets.

He said: “I’m not going to say as it would take all the mystery and amazement out of the stunt.”

The show involves Lauchlan sitting still for three hours while having passers by gawk and gasp at him.

The youngster said: “When it comes to keeping still for so long, I just think about how the money will help children. Sometimes if people are staring at me I’ll move my leg or arm and they’ll get a wee fright.”