I saw these two tricksters sitting just outside of the Parthenon in Rome in December and, like a total mug, was completely amazed. They sit stock-still, with one apparently using just one arm to hold the other up on a pole. Of course, there is a cap in front of them for the gullible to donate coins. My sceptical son jeered when I told him about them & explained to me that there is an artfully concealed support up the sleeve of the holder and an equally concealed platform under the behind of the man on the pole. I’m still giving them points for craftiness.
Update – 28 March 2014
This image has caused quite a bit of interest, so I’ll share my later sighting of these guys. It was a couple of days later in Rome’s Piazza Navona. I didn’t actually see the men, just a very large black bag which had people moving inside of it. There must be a third man for this scam to work. I suspect he appears at regular intervals to spell the totally unmoving tricksters by placing the bag over them so they can then rearrange themselves or swap places. I’m told the support is a metal plate on which the lower man sits, with an attached brace going up his sleeve, on which his arm rests. The pole is attached to that and has another plate on top of it on which the top man sits. Ingenious, isn’t it?
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