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The Sopranos meets Jersey's American Gypsies

The new National Geographic show supposedly aims to quash common misconceptions about Romany people.

IF YOU THINK they only tell fortunes, you don’t know gypsy… That is the tagline for the new National Geographic programme American Gypsies which claims to refute common myths about gypsies.

The show focuses on a charming New York gypsy family The Johns who are basically like the Sopranos mixed in with the lads from Jersey shore but with tarot cards.

The premier trailer features property destruction, fights, a lamb destined for the slaughter and talk of  having “the gift”, smashing all negative preconceptions about the gypsy way of life.

The Johns run a string of fortune telling shops and spend most of their time arguing about honouring Roma tradition and maintaining the family’s reputation.

The National Geographic website says “Over nine episodes, cameras document their effort to preserve age old Gypsy customs amid the vices of New York City, while upholding their family’s power in the community and expanding their psychic shop empire.” Irresistible.

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