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Not Punch, Not Puppets, but worth your attention...

Postby Chris » 20 Jan 2012, 11:04

Scam Alert

Beware of anyone ringing from BT, see below…..

MUST READ*********** Received a phone call from BT, informing me that he was disconnecting me because of an unpaid bill.. He demanded payment immediately of £31.00 or it would be £ 118.00 to re-connect at a later date. The guy wasn't even fazed when I told him I was with Virgin Media, allegedly VM have to pay BT a percentage for line rental! I asked the guy's name - he gave me the very 'English' J...ohn Peacock with a very 'African' accent - & phone number -0800 0800 152. Obviously the fellow realized I didn't believe his story, so offered to demonstrate that he was from BT. I asked how & he told me to hang up & try phoning someone - he would dis-connect my phone to prevent this. AND HE DID !! My phone was dead - no engaged tone, nothing - until he phoned me again. Very pleased with himself, he asked if that was enough proof that he was with BT. I asked how the payment was to be made & he said credit card, there & then. I said that I didn't know how he'd done it, but I had absolutely no intention of paying him, I didn't believe his name or that he worked for BT. He hung up. I dialed 1471 -number withheld I phoned his fictitious 0800 number - not recognized. So I phoned the police to let them know. I wasn't the first! It's only just started apparently, but it is escalating.

Their advice was to let as many people as possible know of this scam.
The fact that the phone does go off would probably convince some people it's real, so please make as many friends & family aware of this. How is it done? This is good but not that clever. He gave the wrong number - it should have been 0800 800 152 which takes you through to BT Business. The cutting off of the line is very simple, he stays on the line with the mute button on and you can't dial out - but he can hear you trying. (This is because the person who initiates a call is the one to terminate it). When you stop trying he cuts off and immediately calls back. You could almost be convinced! This is not about getting the cash as this would not get past merchant services - it is all about getting the credit card details which include the security number, to be used for larger purchases.

This scam is currently reported in North Wales - it may be, at the moment, only local but it is sure to spread.
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Re: Not Punch, Not Puppets, but worth your attention...

Postby Richard Coombs » 20 Jan 2012, 18:43

Thank You Chris .
Forewarned is ForeArmed.

Just think what an amazing Punch show you could do with Four Arms ( and hands presumably )

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Re: Not Punch, Not Puppets, but worth your attention...

Postby Chris » 20 Jan 2012, 19:41

Just think what an amazing Punch show you could do with Four Arms ( and hands presumably )



No actuallyI think you'd ruin it Richard!

Forgive me for taking you seriously. Yes, of course I appreciate you were humourously underlining your pun, and not making a serious remark but it did start me thinking. Perhaps you'll induge my musing.

I recall several two-man Punch shows (or two-person if it matters to you) which have allowed elaboration of the story. None have been at all successful to my mind. Yet the same teams have produced perfectly good puppet shows generally.

I think it is something to do with Punch being better if kept simple. It is the quintessential basic glove puppet show - two hands, therefore two characters, two distinct voices, a squawk and one other, and the basic actions that two hands can easily perform: pop-up, pop-down, hug, kiss, pick-up, put down, hit and grab. The puppets are simple caricatures, their construction basic, and their script a 200 year old Cruikshank comic strip.

It's fun to mess around and add topicality and novelty, but mess too much with it and you lose it. Make the puppets or action too realistic and you lose it. The figures must retain that element of unreality, the movement must remain stylised. You can misuse a peg doll baby but not one that's Disney cute.

We all know it works, the Punch show I mean, but to know why it works is a different thing. If you think about the Punch story its a pretty horrible sequence to be presenting to kids. Our job is to keep the audience laughing so that they don't realise this. The difference between a good Punchman producing laughter with the slapsticking and the wincing evoked by incompetent battering is wafer thin.

The ability to maintain the balance seems something to do with maintaining some primitive elements to the show and the do-it-yourself-amateur nature of the solo show has some part to play.
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Re: Not Punch, Not Puppets, but worth your attention...

Postby Richard Coombs » 21 Jan 2012, 13:40

I wouldn't argue with any of that Chris.

- And yes you are correct , I had typed 'forewarned is fore armed ' , and then spotted an easy pun , so had never intended it as a serious proposition.

Altho oddly , the brief flight of fancy that flitted across my minds-eye was not to have three or more characters up at once ....if suddenly blessed with four arms like a puppeteering version of the goddess Kali..I suspect two characters at once would still prevail.

But the other hands would be nice to pass props , pick up dropped babies and slapsticks and work the curtains ... maybe a bit of drum or tambourine percussion for puppets to dance to.

But as we all know , somehow we all achieve this anyhow.


It is quite nice to have a happy member of the public ask at the end of the show -"Is there only you in there? "
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Re: Not Punch, Not Puppets, but worth your attention...

Postby Chris » 21 Jan 2012, 16:04

Funny coincidence - David found a bit of video of a film about Hancock, and this included a sequence in the booth with a two man Punch show!
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