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6th Jul '16 2:33:40 PM DaibhidC
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* Sock Puppet shills are an occasional danger of Amazon (and similar site) reviews. One of the more notorious (mentioned in a Creator/DavidLangford column under the name "[[http://ansible.uk/sfx/sfx187.html Bob Direhack]]") not appears to have praised his own books under multiple aliases, but written savage one-star reviews of other fantasy authors, claiming them to not be a patch on Creator/JRRTolkien, Creator/RobertJordan, Creator/GeorgeRRMartin or, er, Bob Direhack. More rarely the reviews would praise an author by claiming they deserved to be in the same exalted company as, yes, Bob Direhack.

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* Sock Puppet shills are an occasional danger of Amazon (and similar site) reviews. One of the more notorious (mentioned in a Creator/DavidLangford column under the name "[[http://ansible.uk/sfx/sfx187.html Bob Direhack]]") not only appears to have praised his own books under multiple aliases, but written savage one-star reviews of other fantasy authors, claiming them to not be a patch on Creator/JRRTolkien, Creator/RobertJordan, Creator/GeorgeRRMartin or, er, Bob Direhack. More rarely the reviews would praise an author by claiming they deserved to be in the same exalted company as, yes, Bob Direhack.
6th Jul '16 2:28:31 PM DaibhidC
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* Sock Puppet shills are an occasional danger of Amazon (and similar site) reviews. One of the more notorious (mentioned in a Creator/DavidLangford column under the name "[[http://ansible.uk/sfx/sfx187.html Bob Direhack]]") not appears to have praised his own books under multiple aliases, but written savage one-star reviews of other fantasy authors, claiming them to not be a patch on Creator/JRRTolkien, Creator/RobertJordan Creator/GeorgeRRMartin or, er, Bob Direhack. More rarely the reviews would praise an author by claiming they deserved to be in the same exalted company as, yes, Bob Direhack.

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* Sock Puppet shills are an occasional danger of Amazon (and similar site) reviews. One of the more notorious (mentioned in a Creator/DavidLangford column under the name "[[http://ansible.uk/sfx/sfx187.html Bob Direhack]]") not appears to have praised his own books under multiple aliases, but written savage one-star reviews of other fantasy authors, claiming them to not be a patch on Creator/JRRTolkien, Creator/RobertJordan Creator/RobertJordan, Creator/GeorgeRRMartin or, er, Bob Direhack. More rarely the reviews would praise an author by claiming they deserved to be in the same exalted company as, yes, Bob Direhack.
6th Jul '16 2:26:17 PM DaibhidC
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* Sock Puppet shills are an occasional danger of Amazon (and similar site) reviews. One of the more notorious (mentioned in a Creator/DavidLangford column under the name "[[http://ansible.uk/sfx/sfx187.html Bob Direhack]]") not appears to have praised his own books under multiple aliases, but written savage one-star reviews of other fantasy authors, claiming them to not be a patch on Creator/JRRTolkien, Creator/RobertJordan Creator/GeorgeRRMartin or, er, Bob Direhack. More rarely the reviews would praise an author by claiming they deserved to be in the same exalted company as, yes, Bob Direhack.
26th Jun '16 2:38:35 PM nombretomado
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* Mentioned in the ninth ''DresdenFiles'' book (''White Night'') concerning a vampire pretending to be a (comparatively) helpless practitioner to [[DrivenToSuicide murder the others]].

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* Mentioned in the ninth ''DresdenFiles'' book (''White Night'') of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' (''Literature/WhiteNight'') concerning a vampire pretending to be a (comparatively) helpless practitioner to [[DrivenToSuicide murder the others]].
14th May '16 9:12:28 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' did a series of sketches (later repackaged as a Super Bowl ad) starring "MacGruber", a crappy MacGyver knockoff who was too busy singing the praises of his corporate sponsor Pepsi to defuse the assorted time bombs he was presented with.

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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' did a series of sketches (later repackaged as a Super Bowl ad) starring "MacGruber", "[=MacGruber=]", a crappy MacGyver Series/MacGyver knockoff who was too busy singing the praises of his corporate sponsor Pepsi to defuse the assorted time bombs he was presented with.
26th Nov '15 8:23:33 PM FiliasCupio
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* Israel supporters are also frequently accused of being shills by people who sympathize with the Palestinians.
24th Nov '15 2:40:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Ocean's Thirteen'', Danny Ocean and his crew demonstrate a new casino game at a convention as part of their scheme to rob Willy Bank. Terry Benedict plays the shill who wants to install it in his Biloxi properties, which in turn gets Bank interested.
* In ''PetesDragon,'' SnakeOilSalesman Doctor Terminus uses his MasterOfDisguise assistant to shill his so-called cures twice in a row and turn a hostile audience in his favor. Amazingly, this works like a charm - even though when Terminus entered the town the townsfolk were ready to rip him to shreds over his fraudulent products, by the end of his demonstration they're throwing money at him again.
* In the opening to ''LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'', the {{antihero}}es are selling stolen goods in the street. One of them, playing the shill, triggers the audience's enthusiasm by saying "Did you say ten pounds? That's a bargain; I'll take one."
* In TheMarxBrothers first film ''The Coconuts'', Groucho employs Chico as an shill to bid up the prices of the plots of land he has for sale. Chico does this ''too'' well and ends up winning each auction.
* Early in ''TheJourneyOfNattyGann'', Natty acts as an impromptu shill for a street vendor played by Scatman Crothers; finding him haggling with a woman over the price of a pot he is trying to sell her, Natty pipes up that she'll pay him his asking price for it, putting an end to the woman's efforts to talk him down to a lower amount.

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* In ''Ocean's Thirteen'', ''Film/OceansThirteen'', Danny Ocean and his crew demonstrate a new casino game at a convention as part of their scheme to rob Willy Bank. Terry Benedict plays the shill who wants to install it in his Biloxi properties, which in turn gets Bank interested.
* In ''PetesDragon,'' ''Disney/PetesDragon,'' SnakeOilSalesman Doctor Terminus uses his MasterOfDisguise assistant to shill his so-called cures twice in a row and turn a hostile audience in his favor. Amazingly, this works like a charm - even though when Terminus entered the town the townsfolk were ready to rip him to shreds over his fraudulent products, by the end of his demonstration they're throwing money at him again.
* In the opening to ''LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'', ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'', the {{antihero}}es are selling stolen goods in the street. One of them, playing the shill, triggers the audience's enthusiasm by saying "Did you say ten pounds? That's a bargain; I'll take one."
* In TheMarxBrothers Creator/TheMarxBrothers first film ''The Coconuts'', Groucho employs Chico as an shill to bid up the prices of the plots of land he has for sale. Chico does this ''too'' well and ends up winning each auction.
* Early in ''TheJourneyOfNattyGann'', ''Film/TheJourneyOfNattyGann'', Natty acts as an impromptu shill for a street vendor played by Scatman Crothers; finding him haggling with a woman over the price of a pot he is trying to sell her, Natty pipes up that she'll pay him his asking price for it, putting an end to the woman's efforts to talk him down to a lower amount.
7th Nov '15 5:44:31 PM nombretomado
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* John plays one of these (however unwillingly) early on in ''RedDeadRedemption'' at one point for [[SnakeOilSalesman Dickens]], in a bid to [[MedicineShow sell his "medicinal" tonic]]. He gives incredibly-neutral responses to any questions that Dickens asks him, and even openly spits out the foul-tasting tonic when made to drink it in front of the crowd. Fortunately for Dickens, John is {{badass}} enough to display above-average ability in marksmanship and combat, which was enough to convince the crowd to buy the stories. It does, however, come back to bite them later when Dickens attempts to repeat this in another community, and gets called out for his fraudulence.

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* John plays one of these (however unwillingly) early on in ''RedDeadRedemption'' ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' at one point for [[SnakeOilSalesman Dickens]], in a bid to [[MedicineShow sell his "medicinal" tonic]]. He gives incredibly-neutral responses to any questions that Dickens asks him, and even openly spits out the foul-tasting tonic when made to drink it in front of the crowd. Fortunately for Dickens, John is {{badass}} enough to display above-average ability in marksmanship and combat, which was enough to convince the crowd to buy the stories. It does, however, come back to bite them later when Dickens attempts to repeat this in another community, and gets called out for his fraudulence.
30th Apr '15 11:10:19 AM DaibhidC
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** Moist von Lipwig mentions a con he used to run based on fake diamond rings. He would show the ring to a stranger in a tavern in some no-name town in the wilderness, pretending that he desperately needed money to make it to his mother's funeral or some other suitably dramatic purpose, and offer to sell it for a fraction of its real value, say $20. To convince the mark, they'd nip down to the village blacksmith who would confirm that yessir, it was a genuine diamond and real gold, easily worth $100, because Moist had paid him off ahead of time. Once the mark had handed over the cash and Moist vanished, the blacksmith would re-examine it and declare it a worthless fake.
12th Mar '15 2:41:14 PM StFan
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* One issue of ''TheMuppetShowComicBook'' reinvents ''Veterinarian's Hospital'' as ''Veterinarian's MedicineShow''. SnakeOilSalesman Dr. Bob gives a spoonful of Medicinal Compound to shill Julius Strangepork ("My old friend ... who I've never seen before in my life!"). Strangepork disappears offstage, and is replaced by Link Hogthrob in the same suit.

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* One issue of ''TheMuppetShowComicBook'' ''ComicBook/TheMuppetShowComicBook'' reinvents ''Veterinarian's Hospital'' as ''Veterinarian's MedicineShow''. SnakeOilSalesman Dr. Bob gives a spoonful of Medicinal Compound to shill Julius Strangepork ("My old friend ... who I've never seen before in my life!"). Strangepork disappears offstage, and is replaced by Link Hogthrob in the same suit.
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