Bunburying for Dummies

A Guide for Your Secret Self

What is a Bunbury, you ask?

A "Bunbury", a concept used by Oscar Wilde in "The Importance of Being Earnest" is an imaginary person created as a fictional excuse.

What's the Big Deal?

The purpose of "Bunburying" is to hide another identity from others by using certain cover-ups or excuses to get away. The ultimate goal is to fabricate a secret identity for a fictional character (a "second self") in effort to evade a situation in one place and resort to another place for enjoyment without the knowledge of others.

Steps to Becoming a Bunburyist

  1. Create a pseudonym for your "Bunbury" or alter-ego. Avoid names of people you know or very unusual or strange names for the time to avoid all confusion and/or suspicion between companions or those you encounter.
  2. Create a situation for your Bunbury (back story).
  3. Create a personality/demeanor for Bunbury.
  4. Give your Bunbury a setting or location that is not well known (i.e somewhere populous in the city).
  5. Never give the address, phone number, or identification information to anyone you come into contact with, as this is a fictional character.
  6. Do not put the Bunbury in a situation that would not fit his/her imaginary personality.
  7. Inform only the necessary information about your Bunbury to the people around you; at the same time, do not bring out your imaginary character out of nowhere to your companions when in need of an excuse.
  8. Stay active in pathway toward your Bunbury, making backup plans for every situation that may come your way.

Creating the Bunbury

  • Create a pseudonym for your "Bunbury" or alter-ego. Avoid names of people you know or very unusual or strange names for the time to avoid all confusion and/or suspicion between companions or those you encounter.
  • Create a situation for your Bunbury (back story).
  • Create a personality/demeanor for Bunbury.

Guiding the Bunbury

  • Give your Bunbury a setting or location that is not well known (i.e somewhere populous in the city).
  • Never give the address, phone number, or identification information to anyone you come into contact with, as this is a fictional character.
  • Do not put the Bunbury in a situation that would not fit his/her imaginary personality.

Polishing the Bunbury

  • Inform only the necessary information about your Bunbury to the people around you; at the same time, do not bring out your imaginary character out of nowhere to your companions when in need of an excuse.
  • Stay active in pathway toward your Bunbury, making backup plans for every situation that may come your way.
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Problems in Bunburying

  • Someone overhears information about the location of the Bunbury and when he visits him/her, finds that Bunbury in fact is not there.
  • You confuse the information you have and haven't already told companions or spill unnecessary information about Bunbury and they get suspicious.
  • Tell the wrong alibi for Bunbury one instance.
  • Getting in a misunderstood situation.

Solutions to Potential Problems

  • Someone overhears information about the location of the Bunbury and when he visits him/her, finds that Bunbury in fact is not there --- be more secretive in your interactions with people.
  • You confuse the information you have and haven't already told companions or spill unnecessary information about Bunbury and they get suspicious --- only include necessary information when explaining your Bunbury, but enough that people do not get suspicious.
  • Tell the wrong alibi for Bunbury one instance --- create a secret list of everything you have already told your companions.
  • Getting in a misunderstood situation --- create a Bunbury that is not completely opposite of you in any situation (upper class vs. lower class, social issues, etc.).