Elijah talks with the enthusiasm of a man who’s self-imposed limits have been stripped away. “Following the course, my new motto is ‘taking advantage of my disadvantage to advance.” He continues, “I understand I’m a minority in this country, I lack qualifications and I have a record. How can I take advantage of that to advance myself out of this situation?”
Laurie says he has lived “a wonderful life”. From 21 years-old until his arrest at 60, he has been a conman, “ducking and diving” on the streets of Soho. He recounts with reverie the scams he pulled, the easy cash, the community of confidence tricksters and hustlers.