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

The story of Wanna Marchi, solely 80 years outdated, is not only that of the “telemarketing queen”, the “tele-barker”, as she has been renamed. It’s the story of two inseparable existences. These of a mom and a daughter. The primary to grow to be a tv icon, ready for greater than 20 years to convey greater than 305 thousand folks to purchase something: lotions, amulets and lottery numbers. And Stefania Nobile, who all the time stayed by her facet, each within the ups and downs. An alchemy that has not light over time. And that the docu-series “Wanna” – produced by Netflix – crystallizes within the resumption of a profession made from successes, failures, scams and authorized occasions that inevitably sanctioned its finish. From the large reputation recognized within the Nineteen Eighties with “magical algae” and “belly-looser”, to the ultimate sentence of 9 years for prison affiliation for the aim of aggravated fraud, which arrived in 2009. The parable of the TV salesman, years adopted cameras and expanded extensively into courtrooms, it’s now reconstructed utilizing the voices of the protagonists, who weave collectively the first-person story of those that labored with them and the way a lot they suffered from the scams.


Marchi, Noble, why have you ever chosen to inform yourselves now? An try at redemption?

Stefania: “After 9 years in jail we do not want salvation. It was Netflix that sought us out. My mom, Wanna Marchi, has been the queen of tv for a very long time. And regardless that they have been attempting to kill her for 20 years, she’ll 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 part of its historical past”.

Wanna: «It was Gabriele Parpiglia who proposed this story to me. I assumed it was too large for me to broadcast to the entire world. In the long run I accepted. We have already got a primary invitation to go to New York”.

How did you react to the sequence?

Stefania and Wanna: “I watched the 4 episodes. It is a good job of analysis and modifying. However many truths, necessary to the understanding of our story, have been omitted. Possibly the writers are planning to make a second sequence. Nevertheless, our e book will likely be launched quickly with many extra particulars that weren’t included within the sequence. I actually appreciated what Grasp Do Nascimento stated within the interview. Very quickly we want to go to him in Brazil. I have never seen or heard from him since 2001. We are going to now attempt to contact him. We all the time thought-about him a buddy of ours”.

The Brazilian magician was with you the protagonist of the Striscia la Notizia scandal, which uncovered scams and threats associated to the teleshopping of lotto numbers. Folks believed what you bought them to eliminate the evil eye and went into debt. Some testified in court docket, and others, with their faces lined, even within the Netflix sequence. Wanting again, would you alter among the decisions you made?

Stefania: «Nothing. It does not appear to me that the state has stopped letting residents play the lotto numbers. Nevertheless, I do know individuals who have misplaced their houses this fashion. If the state does not again down, I do not see why Wanna Marchi ought to repent. After which, in the event that they actually have been penniless individuals who acquired into debt, as they stated in court docket, why then did they handle to pay 300 million kilos to a magician? That is an outdated story, so I’ve already served 9 years in jail.”

Earlier than assembly the magician, within the 80s and 90s, Wanna Marchi constructed a fortune promoting slimming diets, prodigious seaweed lotions, the “stomach looser,” about which within the sequence you recount the design course of and the enduring ” Okay”. Then why did he flip from conflict to fats to promote his fortune?

You need: “Okay” got here naturally to me, I did not examine it. As with the whole lot I’ve executed, I used to be intuitive. Shifting on to promoting lottery numbers? Everybody has already executed it. For as soon as in my life, I copied an thought from others. I used to be impressed by the state. Is not the lottery the identical factor?

You left detention behind. What years have been they?

Stefania: “Horrible years. Jail must be mentioned and argued. Regardless of such a extreme punishment, we got here out of this expertise wholesome and took our lives again in our palms, beginning to work once more. And but the hallmark of salt and numbers has remained with us. Even when the identical issues, in Italy, many others proceed to do: the magicians on TV proceed to see them. Possibly the state ought to ask Wanna Marchi to show folks to not be fooled by magicians.”

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

I would like: “I am retired. The one factor I understand how to do properly in life is cook dinner 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 evening golf equipment, I renovate them. In our future there may be Albania. I’ve been working on this sector for fifteen years. I hope we are able to transfer to dwell there very quickly. We like folks extra. We do not like immediately’s Italians, they’re off. One other factor I need to say: my mom’s accomplice, my father, in addition to a very powerful man in my life (Francesco Campana, ed) , died three weeks in the past. Now we now have nothing to do: I’ll dedicate myself to my mom and he or she to me. Pals from the previous now not exist. Somebody is now attempting to get nearer, however we’re now not taken with who left us”.

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

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