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Fridge Logic:

  • Many of the concepts on the show are traditional cons that were prominent back in the 1930s. Unfortunately modern technology makes things much different. Why wouldn't a mark check the media and realize that there wasn't really a shooting where the crew faked one? How would the classic Spanish Prisoner still work given how interconnected the modern world is?
    • It's the equivalent of And Some Other Stuff. If they show workable cons, people will actually try them. The Spanish Prisoner is directly equivalent to the Nigerian Banker scam, and people fall for that.
      • Could also just be an example of both how good the gang are and how greedy the marks are; they provide enough background to convince a casual assessment for people who aren't actively expecting something like this, and let the mark's own greed do the rest.
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    • They repeatedly say that you cannot con an honest man, yet actively DO con an honest man with short cons that have nothing to do with greed. Or, if argued that he's only pulled into them because of greed, then they're just as greedy and so claims it's not about the money rangs hollow.
    • Mickey repeatedly states that he is not a thief. Ignoring that he is a con artist - thus is a thief, he's shown actively defrauding hotels, restaurants, and so forth all the time.
      • But by a strict definition, this isn't theft; he's not stealing anything from someone who's actively using it at the time.
    • The Season 1 finale features a past mark coming after the crew for revenge. When they confront them, it's pointed out that if they give him fake money, he'll just come back after them. They ultimately give him fake money & he finds out. What's to stop him from tracking them back down again and harming them?
      • Could also be a bit of Why Don't You Just Shoot Him? after the guy gets tricked a second time.
        • This may be another reason why they left Britain for a time after that con; the man would have time to 'cool down' and focus on recouping his losses rather than try and get revenge on people he can't find.

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