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How to Get Something For Nothing

For years, con men have gotten fat scamming unsuspecting marks for food, shelter, money and from time to time, even clothes, while the rest of us suffer our honest lives in the quiet desperation. Isn't it about time we got in on all the fun?

In The Modern Con Man, entertainer extraordinaire Todd Robbins, with a little help from his Modern Conman Collective, explains the valuable tricks of his venerable trade-from simple bar bets (the Hoboken Bottle Cap bet) to can't-lose card tricks (the Poseidon). Whether it's winning fifty bucks, scoring seats closer to the fifty-yard line, or finagling a free meal, this one-of-a-kind collection of cons, bar bets, card games, and general chicanery ensures aspiring scam artists everywhere will always come out on top.

Filled with humorous facts and tables, a glossary of con terms, illustrations, the history of the con, and easy-to-follow swindles, The Modern Con Man is a hilarious and endlessly entertaining collection of safe, fun, and mostly legal cons for the natural-born prankster in all of us.

Pages 227 - Hardcover with dust jacket.

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Like the title implies, this is a very nifty little book. Todd writes it in a very strange way. He tends to come off as if he assumes the reader is interested in becoming a professional con man. THis is a very quick read and layed out in small bits so reading it is a cinch.

THe material presented in here is nothing out of the ordinary. You will find long cons, short cons, coin/money cons, bar cons etc. The chapters are very basic. So whether you are a professional magician, or a student in High School, there is something in here for you (actually a lot). This is in my opinion the most complete assortment of cons and swindles ever produced.

I suggest you pick this up today. I was never into these kinds of things until now and it makes awkward moments a lot more fun and enjoyable. YOU can be the only guy at the party doing these kinds of things and they lead into a wide spectrum of tricks you can perform. 5/5 for effort!
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