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Topic: Is Bunco hit hard like magic performers?
Message: Posted by: Police Magician (Jul 14, 2020 10:29AM)
With the Covid virus hitting hard on performers, many cannot do shows to support themselves. I have not heard if bunco people, who do the shell and pea, 3 card monte and other scams are affective.

Just wondering if anyone has noticed a decrease in open air swindles on the street?
Message: Posted by: Zauberman (Jul 14, 2020 12:38PM)
I don't know about America but in Berlin it put them on pause for a while.....but they're back now again but not getting the crowds they use too.

They can often be seen working the 'Eastern Gallery (Berlin Wall). Typisch eastern European gangs working each end.

However, Tourism is only a small percentage now, so I imagine their take is way,way, way down.
Message: Posted by: Zauberman (Jul 16, 2020 06:50AM)
Article from a few weeks ago. Sorry it's in german but you can google translate.

https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/mensch-metropole/vorsicht-die-huetchenspieler-sind-wieder-da-li.84349?fbclid=IwAR3ScyqBKbRYY-e0NmZAElHgBNGS-Ivi2UFrIp1ugXiLVUjocv4mlo_xZqc

The police issued 700 tickets last year but the game goes on. The Berlin police even made a video last summer, trying discourage people from playing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8mCPpxnu0I&feature=youtu.be

The gangs have enjoyed a bit of a boon the last few years, as a new group of tourists who now have money and love to gamble, have entered the scene.
I've watched them play many a time, and I think most magicians would be disappointed from a technical point of view. Most of you here have better skills when it comes to mixing. They have a couple moves and mixes they use, and that's it. But that's all they need as they are not interested in impressing you but rather in getting you to bet...and then take your money, one way or another. Sometimes aggressively.

The exception to this was a gang I saw in Paris many many years ago. They were smooth, the operator was technically brilliant, and they all played their parts perfectly.
Most of the gangs nowadays look the same, act the same, even use the same lines (just like us magicians LOL)
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Message: Posted by: Police Magician (Jul 21, 2020 06:54AM)
Thank you for your update on that.
Message: Posted by: Jerry (Sep 17, 2020 06:11PM)
Zauberman, thank you.
Your post was insightful.
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Nov 14, 2020 01:44PM)
No problem, the stupid people still go out.
Message: Posted by: Zauberman (Nov 15, 2020 08:02AM)
They're gone now in Berlin.

I wonder if they qualify for the 'Financial Assistance/Aid Program'. LOL

I mean, they have definitely been 'adversely affected financially' due to Covid

:-D