• @Shrike502
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    131 year ago

    Those are cosplayers that harass tourists for money

    • @frippa@lemmy.mlOP
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      131 year ago

      seriously? so it’s like the people dressed as gladiators here at the colosseum, pretty sad to see the glorious soviet history commodified

      • @Shrike502
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        121 year ago

        Indeed. They tend to loiter around the red square, alongside people cosplaying as tsars and whatnot. AFAIK they even have “zones of influence” and chase off unaffiliated cosplayers

        • @frippa@lemmy.mlOP
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          81 year ago

          lol, sad and fun at the same time, fortunately i never go to the colosseum becasue its a cesspit of industrial tourism, i miss the old rome where proletarians were able to live in the center, anyway, do u have the “3 card game” over there? (sry if i sent 2 replies, classic lemmy bug)

            • @frippa@lemmy.mlOP
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              from the italian wikipedia (deepl translated)

              the three-card game

              More than a variant, it is a true game in its own right having, however, the same common feature of never letting the player win. The three little boxes are substituted for three playing cards (typically 2 figures and an ace, or one figure and two cards without figures), which are held by the “handler” of the game (2 in one hand and the third in the other, and passed from one hand to the other to be dropped face down on the table; the request to the unlucky player on duty is to locate where the single card (ace or figure) is.

              The trick lies in the fact that the two cards held overlapping in the same hand are dropped in reverse order of appearance; that is, the higher card (near the palm of the hand) is dropped first and only then the lower card is dropped. This is possible because, contrary to what is perceived by the observer, the two cards are not held in the hand on top of each other, but are instead held slightly apart so that the top card is quickly slipped out making it appear to be the bottom card. Because this is done imperceptibly, the observer will believe that the first card to be dropped is the bottom one. But even when the player, either by mistake or by pure chance points to the right card, the “handler” can make a different card appear and still make the player lose by applying the so-called Mexican reversal, the card on the table is turned over using a card that the handler is holding and making a gesture that allows the incriminated card to eventually be in his hand and on the table turned over the one that was in his hand. In other words, the player can only ever lose. spoiler


              should add that’s a classic way to fool unknowing tourists, apparelty is an italian thing.

              • @Shrike502
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                51 year ago

                Can’t say I’ve heard of it. We did have swindlers doing shell game, but I think those got cracked down on

                • @frippa@lemmy.mlOP
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                  61 year ago

                  Good thing they stopped it, the police in the tourist areas over here only cares about private property damage and drinking coffee

      • @yearningforfreedom
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        71 year ago

        That sounds way cooler than Spider-Man and guys covered head to toe in shiny paint

        • @frippa@lemmy.mlOP
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          41 year ago

          yeah they’re definitely cool to see, there are also the guys covered in shiny paint, unofrtunately they bother people for money, in a socialist society they would be pretty cool though