In professional wrestling, kayfabe is the portrayal of staged events as real. It is also a code word indicating that a member of the public is present and so the fakery must be kept up.
Eric Weinstein wrote an article for Edge in which he discusses Kayfabe in a scientific context.
This highlighted the close relationship between two paradoxical risks which define the category of activity which wrestling shares with other human spheres:
• A) Occasional but Extreme Peril for the participants.
• B) General: Monotony for both audience and participants.
Kayfabrication (the process of transition from reality towards Kayfabe) arises out of attempts to deliver a dependably engaging product for a mass audience while removing the unpredictable upheavals that imperil participants.