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This evening Dominic Frisby is doing another try-out of his Edinburgh Festival Financial Game Show

Yes. Dominic Frisby tweets:

North Londoners. The next try-out of my Financial Game Show is Tuesday May 22 at @downstairskhead. Entertaining, informative, exciting. What more could you want on a Tuesday evening?

Get tickets here. More about the show here.

I can confirm that this is a fun show, having already seen two earlier try-outs of it. One of these was in my own home, at my last Friday of the month meeting on April 27th. And earlier that week, I attended the very first try-out of this show (to check out what my Friday was likely to consist of), and greatly enjoyed it.

That first outing was in the same venue, downstairs at the King’s Head, that tonight’s show will be at Despite the extreme contrast in the space he had available, Frisby then made his second try-out performance at my place work very well, because he is a good humoured, thinks-on-his-feet performer. Nevertheless, a bigger venue is certainly needed for the show to have its full effect. I’m thinking in particular of how successful competitors in the quiz, such as the lady I went with to the first show, get asked to sit themselves in different and more visible seats as they progress, none of which could happen in my postage stamp of a living room

Nevertheless, Frisby seems to find early run-throughs at my place helpful, because he did a similar early run-through of his previous Edinburgh Festival show at my home, a couple of years ago, and now here he was inviting himself back to do this year’s show. Glad to be of assistance.

Without giving away too much in the way of answers, I can tell you that Frisby’s questions all point to the subtleties and surprises and oddities of economic life, of the sort that are familiar to devotees of Austrian Economics, with its emphasis on the subjectivity of value and the way that economic decisions so often involve making sometimes rather strange bets about the future. The contrast in the price of this small but expensive house and that bigger but cheaper house; Fading Footballer A getting paid, counter-intuitively, more than Superstar Footballer B; that kind of thing. Frisby thus communicates an inquisitive and amused attitude to economic life that will likely draw at least some of the people who see this show in Edinburgh towards his more opinionated intellectual products.

Who knows, some of these people may even end up reading this book? I wrote admiringly about it here.

LATER: More dates here.

6 comments to This evening Dominic Frisby is doing another try-out of his Edinburgh Festival Financial Game Show

  • CaptDMO

    ” I’m thinking in particular of how successful competitors in the quiz… get asked to sit themselves in different and more visible seats as they progress”
    In the US….
    Three children’s games come to mind.
    Mother May I, King of the Hill, (playground games), and Go To The Head Of The Class (board game)

  • He is indeed one of the good guys

  • Rob Fisher (Surrey)

    A key talent of his is communicating good ideas without being obnoxious about it. Brian has mentioned before that it is good when people think, “he seems like a nice reasonable chap, and he has these ideas, maybe there is something to it”. Dominic Frisby does this.

  • Paul Marks

    Sounds good.

  • Runcie Balspune

    Dominic Frisby does this.

    I liked his book, his argument on LVT is convincing.

  • Yeah funny you should bring that up as the more I have read about his views in the last few days, the less I am thinking he actually *is* one of the good guys 🙄

    I find myself agreeing with some of what he says but profoundly disagreeing with him on others, to the point I question if he really ‘gets’ the whole private property thing.

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