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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Silver Star Publishing; 3rd edition (July 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 0966965922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966965926
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,823,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...beating the carnies at their own games -- Men's Health, July/August 2005

...delightful mini-book -- Newsweek Magazine, July 8,2002

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In its THIRD Edition, "The Secrets of Amusement Park Games ...Revealed!" continues to break ground in giving the 250 million amusement park going population numerous tips, tricks, and methods to help finally win that HUGE stuffed animal! Below are just a handful of the many things that you will learn after reading this book!

-The 'Magic Move' in the wacky wire game that gives the player that extra split second necessary to FINALLY get that ring to the bottom!

-A simple test for left eye - right eye dominance that means a world of difference in winning in one particular game seen at carnivals, state fairs, and amusement parks!

-Most people approach the Milkcan Softball toss with no idea how to win but to 'toss and hope.' Learn Brian's one MAJOR tip to help increase your chances of winning!

-There's nothing to the Golf Ball Roll Race Game, right? Just roll your ball up and hope it lands in the red colored hole for 'three hops' right? WRONG! Learn a whole new way to approach this game and win -fair and square!

-There are some games that the author avoids. Through research, the author has found out that there are even some state organizations that have written documentation that prevents these games from appearing in their state fairs and carnivals!

Although this book is small (96 pages), it is CHOCK FULL of good, solid, common sense information that will help you approach these games with a fresh frame of reference! On top of that, the author writes in a refreshingly funny manner that will keep one entertained as well as informed. As a special added bonus Brian Richardson, a member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts, has included a countdown of his 'Top 10 Wooden and Steel Roller coasters in America' list. (Guess what the author believes are the #1 steel and wooden roller coasters? You'll be surprised!!) All in all, this book is a fascinating, enjoyable, and eye-opening read! (please be assured that thousands of books are being printed to meet demand! Yes, you will receive a book! Thank you for your patience!)

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I think the book is insightful as well as humorous and easy to follow.
A Nonny Mouse
Our family really likes the carnival games, but with the exception of the Wacky Wire, it was hard for any of us to win the really BIG prizes.
Jay Riedl
Well, since I knew what the book said to do, and I did EXACTLY what it said...A couple minutes later the star fell out!!
LoveSnoopy628

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Haschka TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 22, 2002
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I'm not sure why I purchased THE SECRETS OF AMUSEMENT PARK GAMES ... REVEALED. Perhaps it's my obsessive craving for profound knowledge. Perhaps it's because on those very rare occasions when I visit the annual Los Angeles County Fair, I steer clear of the games and beeline for the junk food. (Once a long time ago, I tried to show off to my then fiancée at an amusement park shooting booth and failed miserably. We eventually married, but she refuses to call me "Bwana". Perhaps this book will give me an edge for a major comeback in spousal respect.)
SECRETS will likely appeal to a very narrow niche market. I'm probably not a legitimate occupier of that cranny, but am giving the volume the benefit of the doubt with 4 stars anyway. (At my level of carny involvement, 5 seems cheeky.) Author Brian Richardson seems to know what he's talking about as he advises the reader on how to increase the odds of winning at the Milk Can Softball Toss, the Peach Basket Softball Toss, the BB Gun Star Shootout, the Ring Toss, the Sign Ball Bounce Off, the Curly Bar Ring Guide, the Basketball Shoot, and several others. In the Ring Toss, for instance, is it better to go with a throw of high or low arc, and is it done overhand or underhand? Brian instructs. A nice touch on the first page is an impressive photo of (apparently) all the stuffed animals the author has won using his tried and true techniques. Richardson also includes two chapters on the games he personally avoids, and the Top Ten steel and wooden roller coasters in America.
Brian has obviously had a lot of fun gathering the material for this little paperback - 85 pages in a 4 x 6.5 inch format. Would that we could all be so clever with our free-time diversions.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LoveSnoopy628 on June 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm one of those guys who always stood in the back watching all those other guys win AWESOME prizes for their girlfriends...until now!
I just recently aquired the book "The Secrets of Amement Park Games...Revealed!" (I figured, "Heck a chance at winning for $4 I might as well give it a shot.") Shortly after reading the book I took my girlfriend up to an Indoor Amusement Park in Ohio. As I was walking around the park I came acrose that BB gan game, and me having read that great Secrets of Amusement Park book I thought, "Well let's see if this book really knows what it's talking about." I'm one who doesn't believe in sucess books so imagine my doubt...
It was my first time playing this game, because I have NEVER seen anyone win this, but the prizes were BIG! $2 a try for one big prize and $5 a try would win you a Playstation. I told the guy I have never tried it (bla blah blah) and he just told me to shoot out the star. Well, since I knew what the book said to do, and I did EXACTLY what it said...A couple minutes later the star fell out!! I was in shock and looked at my girlfried and she looked at me, and then I asked the guy, "Did I win?"
He said, "You tell me?"
I looked at the paper and said, "It looks good!" He called the boss over and showed it to him. He held it up with another paper behind it and sure enough I WON!!!! They hung my paper up with my name and gave me the Playstation...all for ONLY $5!! I couldn't believe it, my first time playing, and I WON!!! We won 4 other HUGE stuffed animals that night doing what the book told us!
The rest of the summers now I spend going to amusement parks with my girlfriend (who is now my WIFE) winning GREAT prizes and making all the other guys looking bad!! And all because of very well written book for $4.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Walter B. Witt on July 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am a carnival junkie and love carnival games. The very first time I used this book, I won (to my surprise)the "shoot the red star with the BB machine gun" game. I've never witnessed anyone actually do it, but I did it, the very first time. Problem was, the stuffed dog we won was so big, I had to take it to the car before we could see the rest of the fair. Not a bad trade off. This is a must read!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin H. Nalty on July 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
Talk about timing. The book I ordered weeks ago arrived today, as we coincidentally decided to go our first carnival of the summer. Using the trick I learned an hour earlier, I tossed the ball into the milk jug and... swoosh... it went in. So did the next three, and my 3-year-old daughter beamed as she picked out a teddy bear from the top shelf. The bear will be in the garage sale next summer, but the experience is a keeper.
You could fit the learnings from this book on an index card, but it makes for a fun experience and easily covered the small cover and shipping price.
-Kevin
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay Riedl on August 7, 2004
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As a kid, I remember going to amusement parks and being awed by all of the big stuffed animals. I always wanted to win one, but I was never good at any of the games where the big winners play.

I am an adult now, and my wife purchased Six Flags season tickets this summer. Our family really likes the carnival games, but with the exception of the Wacky Wire, it was hard for any of us to win the really BIG prizes. So, we purchased "The Secrets of Amusement Park Games... Revealed!" through Amazon.com just before our last trip to Astroworld in Houston, Texas. One of the games that really beguiled me was the Milkcan Toss. I had never seen anyone win this game. I had tried it a couple of times before - 13 balls for $5 seems to be one of the better deals going among the different games offering big prizes - but I had never even gotten close to winning. After receiving the book, I read the chapter on playing the Milkcan Toss. By using the technique Brian offers in his book, with my first $5, I had won my wife a giant-sized Taz!!! We went on from there and took home quite a few prizes - three giant stuffed animals and probably 30 other prizes of various sizes.

That is why I rate the book 5 out of 5 stars. How many other self-help books have you tried showed immediate results? This is a first for me. Thanks for the advice on playing and winning such a challenging game as the Milkcan Toss. I would have to say that purchasing this book paid off with the very first game I played after reading it! I look forward to learning and using the book's techniques on on some of the other carnival games I have had my eyes on...
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