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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...

    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...

        HOW TO CHEAT AT EVERYTHING: A CON MAN REVEALS THE SECRETS
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        Item #: 1001 -

          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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          Item #: 9780312360689 -

            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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            Item #: 9780595099221 -

              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...

              DETECT DECEIT: HOW TO BECOME A HUMAN LIE DETECTOR IN UNDER 60 MINUTES
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              Item #: 646 -

                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...

                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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                  Item #: 1772 -

                    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

                    THE ART OF DECEPTION: AN INTRODUCTION TO CRITICAL THINKING
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                    Item #: 1938 -

                      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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                      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 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...

                          STEALING MACHINE (PAPERBACK)
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                          Item #: 1856 -

                            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. 1976

                            THE UNSINKABLE TITANIC THOMPSON
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                            Item #: 9780963401588 -

                              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

                              THE WORLDS GREATEST GAMBLING SCAMS
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                              Item #: 9780955169717 -

                                The author made his living for years as a casino scammer, a cheat who figured out how to take money from the casinos by means other than winning it. Marcus gives lively details of the ten greatest casino scams, many of which he was part of. These include the Bet and Run Scam, the Identity Theft/Credit Scam, card marking, the French Cigarette Scam, and more. Scams include all games, from keno to roulette to craps, as well as the characters who pulled the scams off and got away with them. 360...