The drama of sport is well known. Think about Jim McKays opening for ABC's Wide World of Sports."Originally posted by Magicam:
So, the Super Bowl and haggling over a price at the swap meet are dramas?
This is the definition of drama that Neil Simon uses:Originally posted by Magicam:
If conflict is the sole criterion, then any conflict (disagreement, argument, competition, etc.) in the world must be drama. So, the Super Bowl and haggling over a price at the swap meet are dramas? Perhaps you are correct in your definition, but I would have thought there is more to it than that.
one distinct possibility is that it portrays how the operator of this kind of scam would really act...particularly when dealing with this kind of mark...it places the questioning mark on the defensive...makes it clear that you play by his rules or don't play...and, by p*ssing off the mark...perhaps he plays more impulsively and bets more aggressively...trying to give this assh*le what's coming to him...Given the context as a UK special on scams, what would be the purpose of staging a bit where Ricky blows up like that.
I think that hits the nail on the head as to his motivation. There's no doubt in my mind it was all a performance and a very good one.Originally posted by Lance Pierce:
When Ricky gets up and storms out the door, the squares seem more puzzled by his extreme behavior than the fact that they just lost a sizeable chunk of change. They know they were taken, but they don't seem as angry about it as befuddled by his demeanor. The money wasn't their main focus; it was him.
I thought so too, on all three counts. That was the motivation; it was a performance; it was a good performance.Originally posted by Jim Coles:
I think that hits the nail on the head as to his motivation. There's no doubt in my mind it was all a performance and a very good one.
This was not a special about scams. It was a documentary about Ricky Jay. I believe this segment is the very last one on the program. Earlier ones showed him examining rare volumes on conjuring at the Huntington Library, working with Michael Weber on a film consulting project, giving a private performance (my favorite segment of the show, really wonderful). It is unfortunate that this segment is the only one that gets remembered...Originally posted by arnie:
Does it really fit in to the theme of a TV special on scams?