History PaperThinDisguise / RealLife

22nd Mar '16 6:30:56 PM themisterfree
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* Shakira, a famous singer, managed to spend an entire summer at UCLA posing as a normal person. She went by her middle name and dressed up in a cap and pants. The fact that it hit the news after she was done with the classes proved how effective her disguise was.

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* Shakira, a famous singer, Music/{{Shakira}} managed to spend an entire summer at UCLA posing as a normal person. She went by her middle name and dressed up in a cap and pants. The fact that it hit the news after she was done with the classes proved how effective her disguise was.



** Probably because most people have only a passing familiarity with who Sam Walton is and absolutely no idea what he looks like. Even if you do, he was basically the "old white guy with neat haircut" version of a TheNondescript in any case.

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** Probably because most people have had only a passing familiarity with who Sam Walton is was and absolutely no idea what he looks looked like. Even if you do, did, he was basically the "old white guy with neat haircut" version of a TheNondescript in any case.
22nd Mar '16 6:30:56 PM themisterfree
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29th Sep '15 7:16:19 AM MarsJenkar
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* The same thing happens with actor-turned-voice-actor JohnnyYongBosch in ''GateKeepers''. He voices both the main protagonist and the eventual main ''an''tagonist. Only in the antagonist's role is he credited by his actual name. His role as the protagonist uses the alias Jim Taggert. Indeed, many anime dub [=VAs=] have various aliases that are employed for personal or contractual reasons, such as David Lucas (real name: Steven Jay Blum), Dorothy Meneldrez (real name: Dorothy Elias-Fahn), Heather Lee Joelson (real name: Melissa Fahn), and Jeremiah Freedman (real name: Joshua Seth). All of them (as well as Wendee Lee above) are well-known voices in the dub community, so it usually doesn't take long to figure out that a given name matches another.

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* The same thing happens with actor-turned-voice-actor JohnnyYongBosch Creator/JohnnyYongBosch in ''GateKeepers''. He voices both the main protagonist and the eventual main ''an''tagonist. Only in the antagonist's role is he credited by his actual name. His role as the protagonist uses the alias Jim Taggert. Indeed, many anime dub [=VAs=] have various aliases that are employed for personal or contractual reasons, such as David Lucas (real name: [[Creator/SteveBlum Steven Jay Blum), Blum]]), Dorothy Meneldrez (real name: Dorothy Elias-Fahn), Creator/DorothyEliasFahn), Heather Lee Joelson (real name: Melissa Fahn), Creator/MelissaFahn), and Jeremiah Freedman (real name: Joshua Seth). All of them (as well as Wendee Lee above) are well-known voices in the dub community, so it usually doesn't take long to figure out that a given name matches another.
20th Sep '15 5:32:40 PM nombretomado
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* During the NapoleonicWars, the British employed "Exploring Officers," who would ride behind [[UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades enemy lines]], wearing [[BlingOfWar full uniform]] in order to [[UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar escape execution as spies.]] One such officer, [[ColonelBadass Colquhoun Grant]], was captured and sent to Paris. He escaped, but then reasoned that he could do his job as an Exploring Officer [[ExactWords just as well in Paris as he could in Spain.]] So he wandered [[RefugeInAudacity around Paris in full British uniform, gathering intel.]] He told anyone who challenged him that he was an American. When one old French soldier who had served in the American Revolutionary Wars called him out on this, he quickly amended his tale to being an American ''actor'' who was wearing his stage costume. Luckily, the French were TooDumbToLive, and he escaped back to England.

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* During the NapoleonicWars, UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars, the British employed "Exploring Officers," who would ride behind [[UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades enemy lines]], wearing [[BlingOfWar full uniform]] in order to [[UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar escape execution as spies.]] One such officer, [[ColonelBadass Colquhoun Grant]], was captured and sent to Paris. He escaped, but then reasoned that he could do his job as an Exploring Officer [[ExactWords just as well in Paris as he could in Spain.]] So he wandered [[RefugeInAudacity around Paris in full British uniform, gathering intel.]] He told anyone who challenged him that he was an American. When one old French soldier who had served in the American Revolutionary Wars called him out on this, he quickly amended his tale to being an American ''actor'' who was wearing his stage costume. Luckily, the French were TooDumbToLive, and he escaped back to England.
5th Sep '15 1:50:38 PM Laevatein
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** At conventions, when asked about Ribbons, he's been known to leave to fetch Sogetsu... which involves him coming back wearing sunglasses.
27th Oct '14 7:50:45 AM Willbyr
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* NY Mets Manager Bobby Valentine actually attempted this. He was ejected from a game for arguing with the home plate umpire, and then later returned to the bench wearing sunglasses with a fake mustache taped on. Officials were not amused, and Major League Baseball fined him $5000 and suspended him for two games.

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* NY Mets Manager Bobby Valentine actually attempted this. He was ejected from a game for arguing with the home plate umpire, and then later returned to the bench wearing sunglasses with a fake mustache taped on. Officials were not amused, and Major League Baseball fined him $5000 and suspended him for two games.games.

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9th Sep '14 6:07:06 PM bwburke94
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** This is actually very understandable, and surprisingly easy to pull off. It's called Change Blindness. Here's a video showing a 'magic trick' where the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voAntzB7EwE back of the cards change color]] [[spoiler:and so does the table, the background, and the shirts of both participants.]]

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** This is actually very understandable, and surprisingly easy to pull off. It's called Change Blindness. Here's a video showing a 'magic trick' where the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voAntzB7EwE back of the cards change color]] [[spoiler:and -- and so does do the table, the background, and the shirts of both participants.]]
19th Mar '14 12:56:07 PM Dwedit
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* Some people have a mental condition called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosopagnosia prosopagnosia]] that makes it difficult, if not outright impossible, to remember faces. So even a PaperThinDisguise can be enough to fool people with the condition.

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* Some people have a mental condition called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosopagnosia prosopagnosia]] that makes it difficult, if not outright impossible, to remember faces. So even a PaperThinDisguise can be enough to fool people with the condition.condition.
* NY Mets Manager Bobby Valentine actually attempted this. He was ejected from a game for arguing with the home plate umpire, and then later returned to the bench wearing sunglasses with a fake mustache taped on. Officials were not amused, and Major League Baseball fined him $5000 and suspended him for two games.
28th Jan '14 2:58:18 PM Prfnoff
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* TohruFuruya, in working on ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', only lists his name as the narrator. He uses the pseudonym 'Noboru Sougetsu' as the voice of Ribbons Almark. However, fans' ears cannot be lied at and judging on how similar Ribbons and the narrator sounds like... The cover is blown easily, but Furuya insists on using the pseudonym. 'To differentiate between Ribbons and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro]]...' ''Yeah right...''

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* TohruFuruya, Creator/ToruFuruya, in working on ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', only lists his name as the narrator. He uses the pseudonym 'Noboru Sougetsu' as the voice of Ribbons Almark. However, fans' ears cannot be lied at and judging on how similar Ribbons and the narrator sounds like... The cover is blown easily, but Furuya insists on using the pseudonym. 'To differentiate between Ribbons and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro]]...' ''Yeah right...''



* Similarly, when ''WendeeLee'' was working on Rurouni Kenshin, she used her actual name when playing Yumi Komagata, but using the pseudonym Elyse Floyd when playing Yahiko Myojin. Given that Yahiko's one of the main characters of the show, it doesn't take that long to recognize Lee's voice if you're familiar with her work.

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* Similarly, when ''WendeeLee'' When Creator/WendeeLee was working on Rurouni Kenshin, she used her actual name when playing Yumi Komagata, but using the pseudonym Elyse Floyd when playing Yahiko Myojin. Given that Yahiko's one of the main characters of the show, it doesn't take that long to recognize Lee's voice if you're familiar with her work.
27th Dec '13 9:03:45 PM nombretomado
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Jaque The mission for the liberation of FARC's hostages]], among them Ingrid Bettancourt, was carried out by Colombian government officials who passed as FARC members by wearing CheGuevara and Hammer and Sickle's T-shirts.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Jaque The mission for the liberation of FARC's hostages]], among them Ingrid Bettancourt, was carried out by Colombian government officials who passed as FARC members by wearing CheGuevara UsefulNotes/CheGuevara and Hammer and Sickle's T-shirts.
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