From magician and reformed con-man Lovell comes this seemingly comprehensive guide to cheating with props, cards, numbers, coins, telephones, sleight of hand, dice, and more. The book is written with an impish grin (hey, we all know you wouldn't do this stuff, but here's how to do it, just hypothetically) and features dozens of hustles that anyone can perform, with a little practice. Most depend on a simple trick--when you bet that a tossed paper match will land on its edge, the trick is to bend the match in the middle first--but there are some that depend on elegance of execution, or on selling the mark a story (like "work at home" schemes or e-mails offering to enhance parts of the anatomy). For those who are willing to accept the larcenous premise, this is a thoroughly fascinating and even charming book, chock-full of fun and adventure. David PittCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Simon Lovell is a magician, former con man, and professional card cheat. Currently he stars in the one-man Off-Broadway show Strange and Unusual Hobbies. He is the author of seventeen books, has produced 14 videos and 5 DVDs on the subject of cheating, and has lectured to both police and casino operatives on the subject of cheating. For more information, visit his web site, www.simonlovell.com.