Wanna Marchi and Stefania Nobile: “Conviction for fraud? We would not change something. Our future is in Albania “

Historical past Wanna Marchi, solely 80 years previous, is just not solely the story of the “teleshopping queen”, the “teleshopper” because it has been renamed. It’s a story of two inseparable beings. These moms and daughters. It was the primary to grow to be a tv icon, which for over 20 years has been in a position to persuade over 305,000 folks to purchase: lotions, amulets and lottery numbers. And Stefania Nobile, who was at all times by her facet, each throughout the climb and the ruinous falls. An alchemy that hasn’t pale over time. And that the documentary collection “Bathtub” – produced by Fremantle Italia and distributed by Netflix – is crystallizing in recreating a profession made up of successes, failures, frauds, and the authorized occasions that inevitably sanctioned its finish. From the immense reputation identified within the Eighties, with “magic seaweed” and “stomach relaxer”, to the ultimate sentence of 9 years for a felony affiliation geared toward critical fraud, which appeared in 2009. The parable of the TV saleswoman, chased by cameras over time and widespread in courtrooms, is now reconstructed with the voices of the heroes which are intertwined with the first-person historical past of those that labored with them and what number of have suffered scams.


Marchi, Nobile, why have you ever determined to speak about it now? An try at redemption?

Stefania: “After 9 years in jail, we do not want redemption. It was Netflix who was in search of us. My mom, Wanna Marchi, has been the queen of tv for a very long time. And even when they have been attempting to kill her for 20 years, she’ll be again on TV. If not in Italy, will probably be in Denmark, South Africa, in all places. This collection offers the world an opportunity to find a few of its historical past ».

Wanna: “It was Gabriele Parpiglia who provided me this story. Thought it was too large to be on air worldwide. Ultimately, I agreed. We have already got the primary invitation to New York ».

How did you react to the present?

Stefania and Wanna: «We watched 4 episodes. It is a good job of researching and enhancing. Nonetheless, many truths vital to the understanding of our historical past have been missed. Maybe the authors plan to do a second collection. Nonetheless, our e book can even be coming quickly, with many different particulars not coated within the collection. We actually appreciated what Maestro Do Nascimento stated within the interview. We wish to go to him in Brazil quickly. We’ve not seen or heard of him since 2001. Now we are going to attempt to contact him. We have now at all times thought-about him our buddy ”.

The Brazilian magician was with you the hero of the Striscia la Notizia scandal, which uncovered frauds and threats associated to teleshopping lotto numbers. Folks believed what you offered them to do away with the evil eye and obtained into debt. Some testified in court docket and others coated their faces even on the Netflix collection. Wanting again, would you modify a few of the selections you made?

Stefania: “Nothing. I do not suppose the state has stopped permitting residents to play Lotto numbers. Nonetheless, I do know individuals who have misplaced their properties this fashion. Should you do not again down, I do not perceive why Wanna Marchi would repent. After which, in the event that they have been actually moneyless individuals who obtained into debt, as they stated in court docket, why did they handle to pay the magician 300 million lire on the time? It’s an previous story, so now we have already served 9 years in jail ».

Earlier than assembly the mage, between the Eighties and Nineties, Bathtub Marchi constructed a fortune promoting weight reduction diets, fantastic seaweed lotions, the “stomach relaxer” you discuss on the design course of on the present, and the long-lasting “Okay”. . So why has she gotten fats because the battle and offered her fortune?

Wanna: “The settlement got here naturally to me, I did not research it. As with all of the issues I did, I had instinct. Are you switching to promoting lotto numbers? Everybody has already accomplished it. As soon as in my life, I copied an concept from others. The state impressed me. Is not the lottery the identical?

You left the detention. What have been the years like?

Stefania: “Horrible years. Jail ought to be mentioned and mentioned. Regardless of such extreme punishment, we emerged wholesome from this expertise and took life again into our personal palms by resuming work. And but the hallmark of salt and numbers remained with us. Even when they do the identical, in Italy many others nonetheless do: magicians on TV nonetheless see them. Maybe the state ought to ask Bathtub Marchi to show folks how to not be fooled by magicians.

What are Wanna Marchi and Stefania Nobile doing at the moment? Will they be again on sale sooner or later?

You need: «I’m retired. The one factor I can do properly in life is prepare dinner and I am not afraid of any prepare dinner. I even have a diploma issued by the Municipality of Bologna, taken to jail ».

Stefania: “I work in nightclubs, I renovate them. Albania is in our future. I’ve been working on this sector for fifteen years. I hope we are able to reside there quickly. We like folks extra. We do not like Italians at the moment, they’re out. Yet another factor I need to say: my mom’s accomplice, my father, and in addition crucial man in my life (Francesco Campana, dr) , died three weeks in the past. Now now we have no motive to do something: I give myself to my mom and she or he to me. Pals from the previous now not exist. Somebody is attempting to get nearer now, however the one who left us now not pursuits us ».

September 22, 2022 (change September 22, 2022 | 19:42)

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