by Rev. Austin Miles
Walking down a carnival midway were two marks–carnival lingo meaning suckers-to-be. The two men approached a tented booth where they were hustled into paying to shoot down ping-pong balls suspended in the air by an air hose operated by a man underneath.
It was a well thought out scam since it was impossible to actually shoot down any of those balls since air thrust from the bullet itself pushed the weightless balls away. The hucksters had full knowledge of the causality principle of physics. The mark was enticed to enter hoping to win a “prize” of, now get this, a cheap stuffed animal. P.T. Barnum was right.
The one mark paid for his shot, missed, paid for another shot, missed again and paid for another shot. This went on until he was out of cash. The second man paid for his shot….picked up the gun…and shot the…
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