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Elon Musk and the Dying Art of the Big Bet

The show began Nov. 21 in Los Angeles with smoke, lasers and leaping plumes of fire. Then a futuristic new electric truck rolled onstage; a fever dream of sharp angles, flat steel panels and supervillain aesthetics.

“Doesn’t look like anything else,” said Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk, who dressed in black for the occasion.

The highlight…