Statistics about embezzlement, confidence games
, forgery, check fraud, etc.
Beyond simply dealing with "money and markets," then, Confidence Games
is a fascinating and wide-ranging tour of modern and postmodern ideas and conditions, from Aristotle to Nietzsche, from Wall Street to Las Vegas.
Maybe that's why screenplays featuring gamblers are often built around more suspenseful, less relentlessly negative subplots, like confidence games
(as in David Mamet's "House of Games") or heists (such as Neil Jordan's recent "The Good Thief").
At a time when most of us were trying to relieve an already sick feeling from our guts, Enron's collapse and the continuing saga of confidence games
only swirl the stomach bile more.
16] These incidents of early modern con-artistry suggest that fairy beliefs were still tenable well into the seventeenth century; more importantly, for my purposes, the gulls in these confidence games
demonstrate how one might attempt to superimpose the precapitalist economic relations implicit in traditional fairylore on a market society.
These criminals ply their trades, primarily prostitution and confidence games
, on unsuspecting victims.