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?[mc4wp_form id="16750"]
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
What a clever idea. I would have stopped to take pics too!
I think it’s brilliant, good on them! I love these postcard posts, Amanda! Has your starter arrived yet?
I would have fallen for it too Amanda, my first reaction was What the??!! Was there much money in the container LOL.
Really? I’ve been scrutinising your photo and can’t see any extra support. I would have dropped a coin for sure.
Even with the sneaky concealed support, its pretty impressive. I’m fascinated. They don’t look too chippa about this life choice tho do they?! Wonder if they make a decent living out of this. How long do they sit like this? Soooo many questions…. Thanks for sharing. Very cool!
Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
I’d have tossed a coin or two just for watching them sit still 🙂
It’s very clever but they look like they’re from the Middle East rather than Italy. Quite an ingenious way to make a buck xx