Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The man who stares at sheep

Looks a bit like Jesus, but a bit Slavic looking for my taste


How would you like to earn loads of cash for doing bugger all? Sounds like a dream job, doesn't it? Surely no such job exists except in the realms of fantasy or a fancy in a madman's dream. But you would be wrong.

Let me introduce you to Braco. This fella holds an audience in his thrall and induces mild hysteria. So what does Braco do to deserve this devotion and attention? Well, not a lot really. He stands on the stage and gazes beatifically into the middle distance. That's it. For the privilege of watching Braco stare wistfully, you can expect to part with $10 for a 10 minute staring session after the obligatory flim flam introduction by his acolytes. At his best, he can entertain 10,000 people a day. This makes Braco a very wealthy man, indeed.

His adherents say that Braco's gaze has healing properties, although Braco has never explicitly stated that his gaze can heal he is clearly complicit with the notion and has never denied the claim. Actually, we never get to hear Braco talk on his 'abilities' as he never gives interviews or talks in public, at all. Tis all part of his mystique and enigmatic character. Usually, scam artists are adept at the patter and have a certain verbal charm and elegance/eloquence. Not so with Braco, he has stripped down the process to a bare minimum. It is even reckoned that simply staring at a picture of Braco will elicit peace, harmony and a cure.  

There will always be folk looking for a spiritual quick fix to find meaning and happiness in this life. Likewise, there will always be those who are happy to exploit the gullible and hard of thinking out of their gelt. Shamans, priests, gurus, televangelists and other charlatans have always been there to benefit financially. Rarely do mystics provide a service for free. And not only do they make money they make a hell of a lot of money. So much for the austere spiritual life. 

And is often the case with 'gurus' he has attracted celebrity endorsement. Apparently, Naomi Campbell is quite a fan. Why we should take heed of an unpleasant, air-head, clothes horse is completely beyond my ken.  

I've left a couple of links for my reader's perusal. I'm interested in hearing other opinions on 'Braco the Gazer' in the comments.





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10 comments:

  1. Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung.
    P.T. Barnum

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    1. Yes. Old Barnum was a master of the 'flim flam' and chicanery. At least he put up a decent facade.

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  2. While I have an intense hatred for con artists who scam old folk out of their life savings I do have a sneaking admiration for con artists who scam air head celebrities by peddling mystical new age mumbo jumbo,no half way sensible person would fall for this rubbish and to see them wax lyrical about their particular guru while the rest of the population rolls their eyes at the celebs utter stupidity in believing such nonsense while forking out vast sums of money makes me laugh.
    Why is it that to reach spiritual enlightenment these days is so expensive? a normal person might think it was,you know, a con.

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    1. There seems so many people ready to fall for this crap. As for celeb endorsements- who could care about what a thick actor/model/sportsman has to say about anything outside their area of expertise. They are welcome to their opinion as long as they don't foist it on us.

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  3. At least he doesn't say anything - a bonus, I feel, as there's no need to explain or deny any utterings.
    According to Wiki, it's pronounce "Braht-zoh" (which might be a spoof, as the rest of the entry is risible). He was allegedly born in '67 as Josip Grbavac (which perhaps translates as "milk the gullible". Ho ho ho!

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  4. I do have a grudging respect for Braco. He has found the ultimate scam by getting paid for doing fuck all. Great work if you can get it. His audience are the usual suspects. Air head middle class ex-hippies seeking some form of enlightenment. I'd like to see Braco come on stage and project death beams to the audience. I would willingly pay for that as long as I could watch it from the comfort of my living room. C'mon Braco, take it to the next level.

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  5. What a good idea. I'd definitely pay good money to see that too. The Greatest Show on Earth for sure.

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    1. Stephen, how much should he charge for the spectacle?

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  6. Oh well, if old Blood Diamonds is a fan, that's good enough for me.

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    1. I had to look up the reference, James. Not only is she a nasty piece of work she has a poor memory as well....

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