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[WiZ] Ard

Postby WiZ » Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:13 pm

A street magician offers to perform a trick for free. His trick is ludicrously simple and everyone can see through it. He proves very popular and makes a lot of money. Later, the local authorities hunt him down and fine him. Explain.

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Re: [WiZ] Ard

Postby Westing1992 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:22 am

Makes a lot of money = people give him money? He takes their money/robs them?
Is the trick a distraction to rob them?
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Re: [WiZ] Ard

Postby trebor » Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:42 am

Is the phrase “everyone can see through it” relevant? Or a clue to the trick, perhaps? Can the audience (whether as part of an illusion or actually) see through part of his set/props/body, etc.?

Is the exact trick relevant? If so, is it a well/known one? Does he make a lot of money because the audience is fooled? Does the audience give him the money? Does he have a deal going on with parking enforcement? Something similar? Does the audience think he is a good magician? A good entertainer? (Say, he’s a terrible magician but the real act is his comedy, or how he plays up how magician skills to be better than they are?)

Does he make money in the sense of counterfeiting? Bringing a coin or bill into existence that wasn’t before?
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Re: [WiZ] Ard

Postby wolfier » Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:43 am

WAG: was he in violation of labour laws...by making members of the audience help with his tricks thus technically made them his unpaid assistants?

if not - was he fined for multiple infractions of the same misdemeanour?
if so, was it related to graffiti? noise? littering? licensing? food/drinks?
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Re: [WiZ] Ard

Postby invisiblemimsy » Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:44 am

Does it matter what kind of trick it was, if so, card, coin, swallowing, mind-reading, hiding then producing something, animal, other?

Is this as obvious as the three card monty? Is it another well-known trick? Or something obscure? Is the merit in showing or teaching people how to do the trick? Do they allow him to keep their coin (or otherwise pay him)? If so, because they think he's so clever they let him keep the money? Does he make them laugh?

Is it relevant why the authorities fine him? E.g. no street performer's license, dishonesty, theft, something else?
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Re: [WiZ] Ard

Postby gregoryuconn » Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:38 am

Three-Card Monty? Or would that be too obvious?
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Re: [WiZ] Ard

Postby peter365 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:41 am

Is the title relevant at all? Ard is the Irish word for for high ? Relevant?
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Re: [WiZ] Ard

Postby WiZ » Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:32 am

Westing

Makes a lot of money = people give him money? yes He takes their money/robs them? no
Is the trick a distraction to rob them? no

Westing

Is the phrase “everyone can see through it” relevant? Or a clue to the trick, perhaps? no to both, but good question Can the audience (whether as part of an illusion or actually) see through part of his set/props/body, etc.? no - but they can see the mechanisms of the trick very easily

Is the exact trick relevant? yes If so, is it a well/known one? no Does he make a lot of money because the audience is fooled? no Does the audience give him the money? yes Does he have a deal going on with parking enforcement? no Something similar? no Does the audience think he is a good magician? no A good entertainer? (Say, he’s a terrible magician but the real act is his comedy, or how he plays up how magician skills to be better than they are?) no, in light of your example

Does he make money in the sense of counterfeiting? no Bringing a coin or bill into existence that wasn’t before? no

Wolfier

WAG: was he in violation of labour laws...by making members of the audience help with his tricks thus technically made them his unpaid assistants? no

if not - was he fined for multiple infractions of the same misdemeanour? yes
if so, was it related to graffiti? noise? no to both littering? licensing? food/drinks? yes to both, although more strongly the former

InvisibleMimsy

Does it matter what kind of trick it was yes, if so, card, coin, swallowing, mind-reading, no to these hiding then producing something yope to noish, animal no, other? yes

Is this as obvious as the three card monty? no Is it another well-known trick? no Or something obscure? it is a trick that does not appear in the repertoire of most magicians Is the merit in showing or teaching people how to do the trick? no Do they allow him to keep their coin (or otherwise pay him)? no! If so, because they think he's so clever they let him keep the money? no Does he make them laugh? yes, but that isn't the primary goal

Is it relevant why the authorities fine him? yes E.g. no street performer's license no, but very much ORT, dishonesty He's certainly dishonest , theft no, something else? no

GregoryUConn

Three-Card Monty? no Or would that be too obvious? Correct (can this trick be performed for free? I thought the business model involved the 'mark' placing a wager)

Peter

Is the title relevant at all? Yes (although it describes the situationrather than offers a clue to the solution) Ard is the Irish word for for high ? I don't know, you're the Irishman here! Relevant? No

Well, we've now got a secondary puzzle on our hands. What's the significance of the title? (Note: this is very very straightforward).
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Re: [WiZ] Ard

Postby biograd » Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:16 am

I thought that the title was simply chosen so that when the customary puzzle author's name in brackets was added, it would spell "wizard", i.e. magician.

So it involves licensing, and also food and drinks? Did the trick involve making food or drinks appear from thin air? or appear to jump from one place to another? Did the members of the audience eat the food/drink the drinks used in the trick? If so, maybe that was the reason he was so popular--the cost of watching the trick was less than the cost of buying equivalent food/drink in the same place (or said item was not even available for purchase there)?

If any of these, was the issue that the trick obviously required that the magician bring his own food/drinks as part of the preparation? and because he was given money to perform the trick, it was determined that he was effectively making money by preparing food/drinks? yet he would need a street food vendor license to do so?
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Re: [WiZ] Ard

Postby peter365 » Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:37 am

I thought that the title was simply chosen so that when the customary puzzle author's name in brackets was added, it would spell "wizard", i.e. magician.


Damn that's clever Biograd .

Is alcohol relevant? Drinking in public?
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Re: [WiZ] Ard

Postby wwhere » Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:36 am

So he does the trick for free, but wins a lot of money. Is he working with someone else? Does the trick require coins? cards? plastic balls? knives? some random object from the spectators? fire? chains? self-harm? apparent self-harm?
Is the trick an optical illusion? a sleight of hand? a trick object? a play on words?
Is the location relevant? country? city?
Is it relevant when this happens?
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Re: [WiZ] Ard

Postby WiZ » Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:36 pm

Biograd

I thought that the title was simply chosen so that when the customary puzzle author's name in brackets was added, it would spell "wizard", i.e. magician. Correct!

***** SPOI

Hang on, that wasn't the puzzle. Moving right along -

So it involves licensing, and also food and drinks? yes Did the trick involve making food or drinks appear from thin air? yope to yesish or appear to jump from one place to another? noish Did the members of the audience eat the food/drink the drinks used in the trick? yope! ] If so, maybe that was the reason he was so popular--the cost of watching the trick was less than the cost of buying equivalent food/drink in the same place no to this - those who merely watched the spectacle would not save any money (or said item was not even available for purchase there)? this is correct; the item was not available for purchase at the place the [WiZ]Ard was operating.

If any of these, was the issue that the trick obviously required that the magician bring his own food/drinks as part of the preparation? yes and because he was given money to perform the trick, it was determined that he was effectively making money by preparing food/drinks? yes yet he would need a street food vendor license to do so? yes

***** SPOILER *****

He was at a festival, but local regulations made it impossible for him to obtain a street food vendor license. To circumvent this, he obtained a street performer's license and became a magician. His trick was to turn three dollar bills into a hotdog. The local council found out and were not amused.


Well done, Biograd, and thank you everyone for playing!
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