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In God is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens mentions the documentary Marjoe, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 1972.

According to Hitchens, it's the story of a boy whose parents named him after a fusion of "Mary" and "Joseph", and in a weird case of forced prodigism, groomed him to be a tent-house preacher as early as 4-5 years old. Throughout his childhood, millions were apparently earned, though as an adult he saw none of it. And he rebelled in his late teens.

The movie follows him as he picks back up his tent-house preaching, this time to describe and expose the sorts of techniques he and his family used to bamboozle people out of their cash.

Sounds interesting, and it was only recently made available on DVD. Anybody seen this?

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