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“It's a book that makes you want to move to Vegas… This book should be on your poolside reading list. The next time you need a book that is fun, helps you have a good time and requires no emotional attachment, Fool Me Once is what you are looking for.” ―NYDailyNews.com

“Lax succeeds at taking readers into the Vegas singles/club world in a way that is funny, illuminating and self-effacing… Fool Me Once marks real growth for Lax.” ―Las Vegas Weekly

Fool Me Once is filled with entertaining stories about Lax finding a roommate (Oxana, a Russian dancer), learning how to get past choosy bouncers, hanging out with magicians, and discussing tips on picking up women from a master pickup artist.” ―Vegas Seven

“An oddly addicting read… With his background in magic and law, and his journalistic curiosity, Lax is well-equipped to pierce the illusions that make up the Las Vegas façade.” ―Las Vegas CityLife

“Rick Lax embedded himself with Vegas's most notorious magicians, call girls, and wheeler-dealers and emerged with a funny and fascinating cautionary tale for the rest of us. Anyone who's ever been scammed, bluffed, or lied to should read Fool Me Once.” ―Kevin Roose, author of The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University

“In a city where nothing is quite what it seems, Rick Lax introduces us to the showgirls, prostitutes, casino card counters, magicians, pickup artists, and street hustlers who work their short cons under the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip. Fool Me Once is an illuminating read and terrific fun.” ―David Grazian, author of On the Make: The Hustle of Urban Nightlife

“Plenty of cons and cheap hustles in this lively memoir of time spent on the seamier edge of Casinoland… An entertaining field guide to vice, but also one with a point―if you’re headed anywhere near the Strip, watch your wallet.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Set in Las Vegas and incorporating a cast of characters including strippers, Criss Angel, bartenders, and Lance Burton, in the broadest sense, Fool Me Once is a funny, engaging, and personal discourse on deception in all its forms, magic tricks included.” ―Magic

“Rick Lax has written a wry, laugh-out-loud love letter to the world of deception.” ―Jim Steinmeyer, author of Art and Artifice: And Other Essays of Illusion

“First-time author Lax delivers an entertaining and sometimes zany look at the first year of law school… Lax's discoveries of what he didn't expect offer fascinating up-to-date insights.” ―Publishers Weekly on Lawyer Boy

About the Author

Rick Lax, author of Lawyer Boy, is not only a staff writer at Las Vegas Weekly, but he can get from his front door to the Wynn poker room in twelve minutes flat.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312545703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312545703
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lax's account of his years in Vegas is great for readers who want a behind the scenes look at the City of Sin. From magic tricks to prostitution, Lax covers it all via a framework of deception (that being his theme throughout). It's a fast read, but really interesting; it's filled with things you may never have known otherwise. He doesn't dumb things down but also explains terms that maybe some of us may not know (e.g. I learned what a slipknot was in the world of bartending). I think you really need to at least like Vegas to enjoy this book, but again the theme is deception so even if you don't there is something to be learned. I enjoyed the footnotes--some funny--but some with valuable insights from sociologists and psychologists on lying and deception.
I hate when authors try to be funny and they aren't--Lax is not one of those authors. He is genuinely entertaining and tells a wicked story.
I read it in one day.
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I enjoy reading books on Vegas so when I saw this book on the Kindle I decided to take a chance and it was great. I actually read the book on a flight to Vegas so the book was a little more intriguing for me. The interviews and stories he shared about hookers/escorts/models were pretty fascinating and plus any guy that can go to Vegas with his mom and strike up a conversation with a hooker is pretty sweet. If you like books on Vegas you'll enjoy this.
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I don't remember how/why I picked up this book to read off the internet but it seemed to be interesting. And this Lawyer to be from Chicago visits/stays/writes of Las Vegas and the hidden world of illusion, be it magicians, hookers, card sharks or any other method to separate tourists from their money. Woven into this premise is the 6'1" showgirl roommate which always assures you will have my attention. And the intrigue of a beautiful bartender/part-time model/part-time girlfriend. Is she for real or another typical Las Vegas illusion. Can he destroy his future or find happiness in Vegas?

Overall this is an uneven but generally interesting book that is not too long of a read to invest your time. It's written in a young voice that provides some humor making it additionally enjoyable. Not ground breaking but an interesting story
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Compared to some of the other casino and gambling books like "COMPED" and "WHALE HUNT IN THE DESERT" which I have read recently this book is a waste of time. The first chapter is reasonably good and the writing style is casual but the author is no literary genius and his knowledge about ladies of the night is not first hand.
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Las Vegas is a great place. Like the author, I'm from Detroit and Chicago and I love Las Vegas as well. However, what his account of his activities there offer potential readers is beyond me. He had really milquetoast "adventures." The stories are dull and the prose is artless. The author sounds like a nice guy, but this book wasn't even remotely entertaining. He's also pretty politically indoctrinated. Thinking that staring at a woman when you're at a poker table is "misogynistic" or "sexist" is the stuff of brain dead politically correct drones. I feel sorry for "men" who think as he does. Save your money. It offers no laughs, thrills or education in my humble opinion.
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Thought it'd be a great book, but the author was a little too focused chasing skirt and too obsessed with magic for my tastes. Too little storytelling, too much borrowing from other books to get me interested in it.
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I have a large collection of books about Vegas. I ordered this one after reading an excerpt that was in Cardplayer magazine. I read through it in a day. It's not the next Catcher in the Rye but the story is very real, the people are interesting and it is well worth buying if you like Las Vegas and good stories.
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I love books on Las Vegas, especially books that I can relate to. As a Las Vegas performer for over 14years and resident for 25 years, I must say that there arent enough books written about our city, and the ones I do read arent entertaining at all. Rick Lax has a very light, witty and sarcastic humor to his real life adventures in Sin City. Even though he has only been in the city less than a few years, he has managed to ingratiate himself with some very interesting subjects such as; a few world famous magicians, some poker players, showgirls, dancers and locals who share there time with him graciously.
Overall, the book was easy to read and fun. It took me less than two days to finish cover to cover.
I enjoyed it very much and I would highly reccommend reading if traveling or interested in Las Vegas.

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