Crooked Carnival Games
This story on ABC news in the US looks at carnival games, sending a sharpshooter to try and win the shooting gallery.
He doesn’t and the reporter implies the game is fixed.
What you have here is a classic ‘alibi store’ - a game of skill that is almost impossible. The flatty can demonstrate the game is possible but the mark has little chance of winning.
So how to beat the shooting gallery?
In this game, the mark has to shoot out a star in a piece of paper. If there is even the smallest piece of star remaining, the mark doesn’t win a prize.
The key to winning is to shoot around the star and not through the middle.
It’s pretty unfair to accuse the carnival workers of being cheating and putting them next to crooked con artists.