Wanna Marchi and Stefania Nobile: “The sentence for fraud? We would not change a factor. Our future is in Albania”

The story of Wanna Marchi, solely 80 years outdated, shouldn’t be solely the story of the “queen of telesales”, of the “tele-barker”, because it has been renamed. It’s the story of two inseparable existences. These of a mom and daughter. The primary to grow to be a TV icon, for over 20 years capable of recover from 305 thousand individuals to purchase something: lotions, amulets and lottery numbers. And Stefania Nobile, who has at all times stayed by her aspect, within the ascent in addition to within the devastating falls. An alchemy that has not pale through the years. And that the docuseries “Wanna” – produced by Netflix – crystallizes in a profession made up of successes, failures, frauds and authorized occasions which have inevitably sanctioned the top. From the massive recognition identified within the Nineteen Eighties, with “magical algae” and the “abdomen opener”, to the ultimate sentence of 9 years for felony affiliation geared toward gross fraud, which got here in 2009. The parable of the TV salesman, for years chased by the cameras and extensively scaled up within the courtrooms, it’s now reconstructed utilizing the voices of the primary characters, weaving collectively the first-person tales of those that labored with them and what number of suffered from fraud.

Marchi, Nobile, why did you select to inform your self simply now? An try at redemption?

Stefania: “After 9 years in jail, we do not want redemption. It was Netflix that approached us. My mom Wanna Marchi has lengthy been the queen of tv. And despite the fact that they have been attempting to kill her for 20 years, she needs to be again on TV. If it’s not in Italy, it is going to be in Denmark, in South Africa, in every single place. This sequence offers the world the chance to know a part of its historical past”.

Wanna: “It was Gabriele Parpiglia who urged this story to me. I believed it was too large for me to be on the air around the globe. Ultimately I agreed. We have already got a primary invitation to journey to New York”.

How did you react to the sequence?

Stefania and Wanna: “We watched the 4 episodes. It is a good job of analysis and enhancing. However many truths, vital to understanding our historical past, have been unnoticed. Possibly the writers are planning to make one other sequence. Nonetheless, our e-book can be popping out quickly, with many different particulars not included within the sequence. We actually appreciated what Maestro Do Nascimento stated within the interview. Quickly we wish to go to him in Brazil. We now have by no means seen or heard from him since 2001. Now we are going to attempt to get in contact with him. We now have at all times regarded him as a pal of ours”.

The Brazilian magician was with you the protagonist of the Striscia la Notizia scandal, which dropped at the floor fraud and threats associated to the teleshopping of lottery numbers. Folks believed what you bought them to eliminate the evil eye and received into debt. Some have testified in court docket and others, with their faces lined, even on the Netflix sequence. Wanting again, would you alter any of the alternatives you made?

Stefania: “Nothing. It would not appear to me that the state has stopped letting residents play Lotto numbers. But I do know individuals who misplaced their houses that approach. If the state would not again down, I do not see why Wanna Marchi ought to repent. And so, in the event that they have been actually individuals with out cash, who received into debt, as they informed the court docket, why have been they capable of pay 300 million lire to a magician at the moment? That is an outdated story, so we have now already served 9 years in jail”.

Earlier than assembly the magician, between the 80s and 90s, Wanna Marchi made a fortune promoting slimming diets, superb seaweed lotions, the “stomach looser”, which you inform in regards to the design course of within the sequence, and the long-lasting “Okay”. Why then did she go from struggle to fats to promote her fortune?

Wanna: “Agree” got here naturally to me, I did not examine it. As in all issues I did, I used to be intuitive. Are you transferring on to promoting lottery numbers? Everybody has already achieved that. For as soon as in my life I copied an concept from others. I used to be impressed by the state. Is not the lottery the identical?

You may have left detention behind. What years have they been?

Stefania: “Horrible years. Jail ought to be mentioned and argued. Regardless of such extreme punishment, we got here out of this expertise wholesome and took our lives again in hand and began working once more. And but the mark of salt and numbers continues to be upon us. Though the identical issues, in Italy, many others proceed to do: magicians on TV proceed to observe them. Possibly the state ought to ask Wanna Marchi to show individuals how to not be fooled by magicians.”

What are Wanna Marchi and Stefania Nobile doing as we speak? Will they arrive again to promote sooner or later?

Wanna: “I am retired. The one factor I understand how to do effectively in life is cooking and I am not afraid of any chef. I even have a diploma, issued by the municipality of Bologna, taken in jail”.

Stefania: “I work in nightclubs, I renovate them. In our future, it’s Albania. I’ve labored on this sector for fifteen years. I hope we will transfer to dwell there very quickly. We like individuals extra. We do not like Italians as we speak, they’re free. One other factor I wish to say: my mom’s companion, my father, in addition to a very powerful man in my life (Francesco Campana, edit) , died three weeks in the past. Now we not have motive to do something: I wish to dedicate myself to my mom and he or she to me. The buddies of the previous not exist. Some are actually attempting to get nearer, however whoever has left us not pursuits us”.

September 22, 2022 (change September 22, 2022 | 07:47)


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