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ein_doppelganger
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From the Cardshark blog. Great photo, I am still undecided if it was staged.

http://cardshark-online.blogspot.com/201......ard.html
Maitre D
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For many reasons, I find it obviously staged. Out of curiosity, I forwarded the photo to a friend who knows a thing or two about photography. This is what he had to say.

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I don't see any evidence of a bright flash, which is what they'd have used if it were an indoor candid photo, I'm sure. I also see no evidence of subject motion, which would be normal if it were shot by ambient light - therefore, they posed still to avoid motion.


Anyone who has read some of Scarne's old gambling books will be especially familiar with the high level of "candid" card cheating BSing that took place at the time.
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Interesting, which old Scarne books are you referencing I would like to check them out. I only have Scarne on Cards but I have been looking into his two autobiographies.

It seems catching card cheats in a candid moment has been a popular subject since Bosh and Caravaggio.
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It looks completely staged......100% staged if I had to put a number on it.

Great photo though, look nice on the library wall.
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Well, if it wasn't staged, the cheat would be suicidal lol. The minimum is to try to conceal things you don't want other could see. plus, everyone stare at the photographer...

100% staged.
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