The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship: or the Art of Winning Games without Actually Cheating [Stephen Potter] on *FREE* shipping on. For any gameplayer, here’s a book that focuses on the subject of gamesmanship as a civilized art as old as the competitive spirit in man. Stephen Potter points. Thanks to Evernote, it was easy enough, using search, to find where I read about The Theory of Practice of Gamesmanship by Stephen Potter.

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This versatile gambit for disconcerting one’s opponent in debate is usually said to have been originated by Potter, even though he had himself said in a footnote to Lifemanship that “I am required to state that World Copyright of this phrase is owned by its brilliant inventor, Mr.

He was a leading player of the club’s idiosyncratic version of snookerand some of his later “gamesmanship” ploys are thought to have originated in the Savile’s games room. The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship pp.

Funny, what I read of it, maybe half. In one thousand years, Potter’s The Theory and. One-Upmanship is a British television series based on Potter’s work. gamesmmanship

Potter’s private army gamesmabship Lifemen will need no recommendation to this latest frolic The books were adapted for the cinema in the s and for television in the s.

This was soon amplified by rumour into “Sex and Sardines”, none of which helped Potter’s reputation as a serious writer. Humorists English people Broadcasters deaths Literary critics. If Monty Python were to trace the roots of their art, they end up here.

Stephen Potter

There is something melancholic reading about a world that no longer exists but that was real to you. What might Davis have learned in advance of that contest? He’s completely deadpan throughout; in fact, whe An idea that I’m surprised hasn’t been imitated more: Their only child, Luke, was born the following year. Ignore it all and play croquet as slily as possible. A second successor to Gamesmanship was published as One-Upmanship Finding his income inadequate to support himself and his family, he left the university and took up a post producing and writing for the BBC.


Potter is a brilliant, dry wit, and understatedly so. Mar 14, Dietrich Legat rated it it was amazing. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Stephen Potter: The Origins of Gamesmanship. Introductory Involving Tennis

Dated and extremely British but sprinkled with a few chuckles and laughs. Smith at point K stopped dead. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Apr 28, Kerry Evans rated it liked it.

Perhaps he took note of the pages on rest here: The “Art of Winning Games without Actually Cheating” doesn’t begin to get at the various methods–and the absolutely stephfn names of said methods–for getting into your opponents head.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Now here comes the moment on which not only this match, but so much of the future of British sport was to turn.

It was written in the late 40s and it’s pretty absurd in a proto-Monty Python way. Refresh and try again. The sociologist Erving Goffman also profited from Potter’s work, in the sense that it “disclose[s] an elaborate code of conventions which operated in everyday social intercourse, which was nevertheless tacit”, and could be exploited by the sociologist: In his notes on Woomanship, Potter expresses surprise that “twelve times as many workers volunteered to send in reports on Woomanship as on any other subject” [28] I mixed gamesmanship, for a man “a good working knowledge of the Gaesmanship Gambit is essential”; a woman’s counter to “the least signs of trying the ‘I have long adored you from afar’ move”, is to “treat it immediately as a formal proposal of marriage which you shyly accept.


His series of humorous books on how to secure an unfair advantage began in with Gamesmanshippurporting to show how poor players can beat better ones by subtle psychological ploys.

This is one of the most devastating, the most match-winning, counters in the whole realm of gamesmanship”. Still some good parts that stdphen a genuine chuckle.

Or how to win without actually cheating. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Despite being 70 years old, it could have been written this morning.

Smith at S 1 see figure is about to cross over to serve to me stepheen P. It was the first of his series of books purporting to teach ploys for manipulating one’s associates, making them feel inferior and thus gaining the status of being one-up on them.

Theory & Practice of Gamesmanship by Stephen Potter

Wikiquote has quotations related to: If the Lowbrowman happens to be a Professor of Aesthetics Views Read Edit View history. Leslie Philips and co. He was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards as a second lieutenant just as the war was ending, and did not see active service. Finding the Red House too large and expensive for one person, Mary Potter agreed to exchange houses with Britten and Pears, who moved into the Red House, with which they were associated for the rest of their lives and beyond.

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