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21ST CENTURY FRAUD
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    Subtitled "How to Protect Yourself in the New Millenium". What are your chances of being murdered this year? We have about 20,0000 murders a year in the United States, a country with almost 300 million people, and this means your chances of escaping homicide are very good. What are your chances of being victimized by fraud? Much greater, so much greater that it's almost impossible to measure the risk. Identity theft is only one type of high-tech fraud, although it ties in with...

    A GRAND EXPOSE OF THE SCIENCE OF GAMBLING
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    Item #: 9780978067588 -

      This rare book (less than twenty copies in existence) has been reprinted (500 copies) for the first time since 1860. Small but packed with information on faro, rakes, three card monte, euchre and many more scams, it is a collectible for anyone interested in manipulations. 167 Pgs. hardcover

      ACE DEUCE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A GAMBLING MAN
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      Item #: 9781463424015 -

        The theme for this book is a Tour de Noir of a gamblers life. Written in the third person, it describes the successes and eventual downfall of a young hustler.The book extensively describes gambling situations, cheating moves, scams against casinos, and casino methods of cheating players. Heretofore unpublished, and possibly unknown even to law enforcement, are the conspiracies and actions of notorious Nevada cheating crews. Gambling on golf, backgammon, gin rummy and poker, and methods...

        ACE IN THE HOLE POKER CHEATING
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        Item #: 9781424340620 -

          Subtitled "The 101 Most Asked Questions About Texas Hold'em and Poker Cheating". With a long history in casino surveillance, Joseph doesn't assume new players know all the terms, twists and turns of poker. In addition to defining a term, move or situation, he presents examples and illustrations to clarify them. He answers such questions as: How much does the house rake? What is a kill game? What is a string bet? What does pot committed mean? How can cards be marked? How safe are online games?...

          CON MAN: A MASTER SWINDLERS OWN STORY
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          Item #: 9780767917377 -

            In his long career as a confidence man, Joseph “Yellow Kid” Weil swindled the public of more than eight million dollars and established the reputation for robbery and trickery. Always beating the police at their own game, “Yellow Kid” used phony oil deals, women, fixed races, and an endless list of other tricks to best an increasingly gullible public. One day, he was Dr. Henri Reuel, a noted geologist who traveled around and told his hosts that he was a representative...

            CROOKS CON MEN AND CHEATS
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            Item #: 616 -

              This is the third in a series of books translated from the 1922 edition by Russell Barnhart about the true, international adventures of French detective Villiod. Describes techniques used by shoplifters, shortchange artists, hijackers, counterfeiters, check forgers, confidence men and crooked gamblers. 132 pgs, paperback, 1980

              EYEING THE FLASH: THE MAKING OF A CARNIVAL CON ARTIST
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              Item #: 9780743258555 -

                An insider's view of the carnival underworld - the cons, the double-dealing, the quick banter, and the easy money. The story of a shy middle-class kid turned first-class huckster, Fenton's coming-of-age memoir is unorthodox and compelling. In this strange world with its topsy-turvy code of ethics, where leaving a mark without a dollar for gas is outlawed while cheating a best friend is par for the course, the tension between teacher and student grows until Pete attempts the ultimate...

                FLEECING GRANDMA & GRANDPA
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                Item #: 9780275981792 -

                  For the elderly, being the victim of fraud can be disastrous, and they are the most common and vulnerable targets of everyday scams, cons and frauds. From identity theft to gambling scams, from power of attorney issues to pyramid schemes, criminals relieve the elderly of their money and their homes. Describe the most common scams, offers the stories of actual victims, and details ways to protect yourself. 184 pgs, hardcover, 2004

                  FRAUDS DECEPTIONS & SWINDLES
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                  Item #: 9780816044221 -

                    From the Civil War gold hoax to Wall Street insider trading, Sifakis takes a hard look at some of the most devious schemes and characters in U.S. history. More than 150 entries examine crooked and crafty plots, petty swindles, wide-scale deceptions, and the dishonest men and women who perpetrated them. From televangelist Reverend Jim Bakker to con man 'Count' Victor Lustig, who twice 'sold' the Eiffel Tower, this enlightening history of grifts, cheats and gambles is for anyone...

                    GAMBLERS, GRIFTERS & GOOD OL BOYS
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                    Item #: 9780897460569 -

                      Meet fascinating characters with intriguing lifestyles and get an idea of what it's really like behind the scenes, from casinos to the books, from con men to horseplayers, in 40-plus short stories on many facets of the gambling world. 166 pgs, paperback, 1986

                      GAMES YOU CANT LOSE
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                      Item #: 9781580800860 -

                        Originally published in 1989 and now back in print, Anderson explains the tricks behind the cons, swindles and wagers that separate fools from their money in streets, bars, carnivals, casinos and racetracks. Written to teach the innocent how not to be suckered. Includes bar bets, propositions bets, the birthday bet, trivia, casino games, liar's poker, golf, chess, carnival games, three-card monte, and the shell game. 160 pgs, paperback, 2000

                        HOW GAMBLERS WIN: OR THE SECRETS OF ADVANTAGE PLAYING
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                        Item #: 9780978067540 -

                          Originally published in 1865, this is one of the earliest publications on the subject of advantage play or cheating at cards. This beautifully done reprint of the 1868 edition offers outsiders a fuller understanding of how to execute the techniques described. Not a photocopied edition of the original, it has been totally reset but it does include all the original work, including the ads. 91 pgs, hardcover, 2008

                          HOW THEY CHEAT YOU AT CARDS
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                          Item #: 616043914800 -

                            Entertaining stories translated from the original French descriptions of cheating techniques written by famed Eugene Villiod who also wrote Stealing Machine around the turn of the century. In the same amusing and informative style. 192 pgs, paperback, 1979

                            HOW TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL CON ARTIST
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                            Item #: 9781581602692 -

                              A fool and his money are soon parted, so the saying goes. And if the job is done right, the fool doesn't even realize it's happened until the wily con artist has moved on to the next victim or the next town. In this entertaining and eye-opening book, Marlock takes the reader into the mind and greedy heart of the con man. You'll learn the mechanics behind famous swindles such as the pigeon drop, the Jamaican switch, bank-examiner schemes, three-card monte and even fortune-telling....

                              HOW TO CHEAT AT EVERYTHING: A CON MAN REVEALS THE SECRETS
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                              Item #: 9781560259732 -

                                A con man reveals the secrets of cheating, scams and hustles in this roller-coaster ride through bar bets, street hustles, carnivals, Internet fraud, big and small cons, card and dice games and more. Includes the exact frauds that the NYPD regard as the most common and dangerous today and top tips on how to avoid each one. Not just a "here's how the con works" book, this one guides you through the set up, the talk, the sell, everything about the con and how you can be suckered...

                                HOW TO CHEAT YOUR FRIENDS AT POKER
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                                  Jillette is the larger, louder half of the performing team Penn & Teller. He and co-author Lynn and a lifetime card player named "Dickie Richards" that Penn claims has earned thousands of dollars over 30 years of cheating at home poker games, have recorded Dickie's wisdom, filtered through the showman style of Jillette. This is not a book about how to play poker, it's about how to cheat, make money and win big. But most importantly, it's about cheat-proofing your own...

                                  IT WAS NEVER A GAMBLE: THE LIFE & TIMES OF A 1900S HUSTLER
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                                    The true story of early 1900's gambler and hustler Jimmy James. Born in 1900, he left home at the age of 14 and made a living by taking advantage of others greed. In a time when the rules were few and enforcement was often left to one's own conscious, there could be big rewards for anyone with the intestinal fortitude to bend the rules. This is the story of a hustler and gambler's journey through many adventures, twists and turns, ups and downs. Cards, dice, roulette: No game was...

                                    KEEPING CARNIES HONEST
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                                    Item #: 9780962168512 -

                                      A Police Officer's Field Guide to Carnival Game Inspections. 48 Pages Paperbound 1990

                                      DETECT DECEIT: HOW TO BECOME A HUMAN LIE DETECTOR IN UNDER 60 MINUTES
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                                        Lying is a normal part of human communication and is sometimes necessary to protect someone��_��s feelings, but there are also malicious lies meant to deceive, cheat, and defraud. You can��_��t always rely on what comes out of someone��_��s mouth. It doesn��_��t take mind reading superpowers to be able to tell when someone is lying��_��_��_but it does take special skills and a little practice. In Lie Detecting 101, international expert in undercover operations Dr. David Craig provides readers...

                                        NOTES ON THREE-CARD MONTE
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                                        Item #: 616043918037 -

                                          Written from class notes (a four-week course taught at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles), this book covers the history, psychology and application of the street-con game known as three-card monte. It illustrates how experts fool people with a combination of sleight of hand and psychology and manage to entertain and hook them for the duration of their scam. Covers closed and open monte, equipment needed, the sleight of hand moves, hooks and come-ons, psychology and shilling, spieling the broads...

                                          PLAYERS: CON MEN, HUSTLERS, GAMBLERS, AND SCAM ARTISTS
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                                          Item #: 97815602538081 -

                                            Once I hear the clatter of chips I almost go into convulsions," said Dostoyevsky, while Anatole France wrote, "The gambler is driven by the fascination of danger at the bottom of all great passions." The characters the reader meets in Players - chess grand masters, poolroom hustlers, or street-hardened practitioners of the short con - are all alike -  propelled by the ecstasy of risk. "The stake is money," France wrote, "in other words, immediate, infinite...

                                            RICH UNCLE FROM FIJI
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                                            Item #: 616043917061 -

                                              A true classic, the title refers to the introduction one con man uses to deceive a 'mark,' while setting him up for a bunco scheme. 'The Rich Uncles will be with us until the end of time, because the confidence man thrives on human weakness - the fact that every person is possessed with a desire to obtain something for nothing, or bet on a certainty,' the author says. 64 pages, paperbound, 1911

                                              SHARPS AND FLATS
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                                                The Sharps are the cheaters and the Flats are the cheatees. This from London of 1894. The subtitle says it all: A Complete Revelation of the Secrets of Cheating at Games of Chance and Skill. A sample of the contents shows the importance of this long-unobtainable classic: Marked Cards, Reflectors, Holdouts, Manipulation, Collusion, Conspiracy, Dice, Poker and Roulette. Includes major sections on the game of faro, including rules and layout. 335 Pgs.1983

                                                STEALING MACHINE (HARDBOUND)
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                                                Item #: 616043914855 -

                                                  Parisian detective Villiod wrote this French classic exposing how clever crooks and con artists at the turn of the century circumvented the anti-gambling laws and operated clubs and casinos legally under the private club charter ruse. The game was baccarat en banque, and all the mechanics' moves as well as card-stacking techniques are outlined. 221 pgs, hardcover, 1976

                                                  STEALING MACHINE (PAPERBACK)
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                                                  Item #: 616043914619 -

                                                    Parisian detective Villiod wrote this French classic exposing how clever crooks and con artists at the turn of the century circumvented the anti-gambling laws and operated clubs and casinos legally under the "private club" charter ruse. The game was baccarat en banque, and all the mechanics' moves as well as card-stacking techniques are outlined. 221 pgs, paperback, 1976

                                                    TELLING LIES & GETTING PAID
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                                                    Item #: 9781585747412 -

                                                      Konik, who covers the world of gambling for major magazines, has collected his most recent articles under one cover to entertain like fiction and educate like fact. All the stories are true. He interviews the world's greatest backgammon hustler (Simon Jones); the nun who beats the bookies; top gin runny players; the luckiest man in the world (John Brinson); and other oddball characters. Other topics include how to set up the perfect home poker game; how not to get ripped off by offshore...

                                                      TELLING LIES & GETTING PAID (Hardcover)
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                                                        If you enjoyed Konik's first book, The Man With the $100, 000 Breasts, this book is the perfect follow-up. Konik has collected his most recent articles under one cover to entertain like fiction and educate like factand all the stories are true. He interviews the world's greatest backgammon hustler; the nun who beats the bookies; top gin runny players; the luckiest man in the world; and other oddball characters. Also includes how to set up the perfect home poker game; how not to get...

                                                        THE ART OF DECEPTION: AN INTRODUCTION TO CRITICAL THINKING
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                                                          This revised version of a 1971 book is subtitled, 'An Introduction to Critical Thinking.' Its main thrust is to teach the reader how to win arguments, defend their cases, recognize fallacies, see through deception, persuade skeptics, and turn defeat into victory. Several

                                                          THE ART OF THE STEAL
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                                                            In 'Catch Me if You Can', Frank W. Abagnale recounted his youthful career as a master imposter and forger. In 'The Art of the Steal', Abagnale tells the remarkable story of how he parlayed his knowledge of cons and scams into a successful career as a consultant on preventing financial foul play - while showing you how to identify and outsmart perpetrators of fraud. Technology may have made it easier to track down criminals, but cyberspace has spawned a skyrocketing number of...

                                                            THE ART OF THE STEAL
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                                                            Item #: 9780767906845 -

                                                              In 'Catch Me if You Can', Frank W. Abagnale recounted his youthful career as a master imposter and forger. In 'The Art of the Steal', Abagnale tells the remarkable story of how he parlayed his knowledge of cons and scams into a successful career as a consultant on preventing financial foul play - while showing you how to identify and outsmart perpetrators of fraud. Technology may have made it easier to track down criminals, but cyberspace has spawned a skyrocketing number of...

                                                              THE CHANGE RAISERS
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                                                                Change raisers are the grifters who trick cashiers and clerks into returning too much change. Information on other short-change artists and cash register scams, including The Marked Bill, The Split Bill, The Torn Bill, and other con games. 32 Pgs. 1992

                                                                THE CONFIDENCE MAN IN AMERICAN LITERATURE
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                                                                  Lindberg traces the cult of the conman in American literature. On the hypothesis that the confidence man is a covert cultural hero for Americans, the author looks at various literary greats who wrote about, were involved with, or misrepresented cons and frauds. Authors cited include Ben Franklin, Edgar Allen Poe, Twain, P.T. Barnum. 319 pgs, hardcover, 1982

                                                                  THE FIX IS IN
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                                                                  Item #: 9781932595819 -

                                                                    Professional sports in America: It's all about fair play and the goal of winning championships. At least that's the spin. "The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR" is the subject Tuohy delves into with this shocking and full-sourced saga of the corruption that has infected the storied histories of major sports. With reality obscured by a complacent and often complicit sports media, 'The Fix Is In' shines a light on a hidden history of...

                                                                    THE GLORIOUS DECEPTION: THE DOUBLE LIFE OF WILLIAM ROBINSON (HARDBOUND)
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                                                                    Item #: 9780786717705 -

                                                                      Focuses on one of magic history's greatest and oddest stage performers. Even Houdini was awed by this man's feats, which included an act called Defying the Bullets, in which he caught marked bullets on a porcelain plate. It was a time (1918) in New York when a boy could successfully reinvent himself as the world's greatest Chinese magician. Written by an author who invented many of the famous illusions used by leading magicians from Siegfried & Roy to Ricky Jay to David...

                                                                      THE LITTLE SECRETS
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                                                                      Item #: 616043917054 -

                                                                        Originally priced at  $4.95 - Reduced to $2.95 A rare classic written by the Chicago-based author in 1904. Selected excerpts from the original cover cheating and card manipulations that would be most interesting to today's card players and magicians. 48 pgs, paperabck, 1904 Reprinted

                                                                        THE UNSINKABLE TITANIC THOMPSON
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                                                                          The biography of one of the most flamboyant gamblers and hustlers of the century, Alvin Clarence "Titanic" Thompson. He died in 1974 at age 82, but during his lifetime, he became as much of a legend as Bet a Million Gates, Nick the Greek, and Arnold Rothstein. Profiles the man, his acquaintances, his hustles and cons. 234 pgs, paperback, 1982