by Jim Rose

 

DO NOT TRY ANYTHING YOU READ HERE

 

 

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DISCLAIMER

The contents of this section are dangerous. Misuse of the material can cheapen an art form or at the very least make you look stupid. More importantly, misuse of this information may result in jail time or death. Do not attempt any of these tricks without the direct supervision of a responsible professional.

 

I know more about snake oil than any person alive!!!

 

Iíve been selling it for most of my life. Quite simply, snake oil is my lifeblood. Magic, circus stunts, hypnotism, hustles, mind-reading; any and every graft known to man. If thereís a con, I know about it. Snake oil, ladies and gentlemen, is the art of the gyp, hoodwink, shuck, sandbag. Identify a weakness or susceptibility and manipulate to your personal advantage. The term originates from traveling ďsalesmenĒ in the 19th century who peddled a

concoction, usually giving it an exotic name like snake oil, promising to cure all ills. Of course, it was a big scam and eventually the term snake oil came to represent any deceptive product or enterprise.

 

INTRODUCTION

Growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, lifeís calculations, mis-directions, and manipulations became a fascination of mine. During this semi-lawless era reminiscent of the Wild West, slicksters, con-artists, and hucksters roamed the terrain looking for easy marks. Phoenix has now, Iíve been told, become

quite civilized and the days of flim-flam are long gone. Donít believe it. The art of selling snake oil is constantly being reinvented, bastardized and ultimately improved in a perpetual, strangely perverse evolution. Just like me

 

 

My introduction to the swindle of snake oil began during my formative teenage years. Working at the state fair, I was initiated into the world of eccentrics with a school-of-hard-knocks education in street smarts. In the late eighties, this education allowed me to found the Jim Rose Circus, touring the planet non-stop for fifteen years. During this odyssey of the odd, I became part of a living eclectic encyclopedia.

 

I have also been to two world fairs and have seen Rocky Mountain goats copulate, so Iím definitely qualified to write this book. In fact, no one alive is

more qualified.

 

Much of the information you will find in this offering is oral history passed along from hustler to hustler; con artist to con artist; huckster to huckster.

 

By capturing this knowledge in these pages, Iíve ensured that it wonít be lost forever. It might seem like a dubious legacy, yes, but Iím confident it will stand the test of time.

 

The roots of all business and magic can be found in the rook of snake oil. But this is not a ďHow ToĒ book intended to encourage anarchists, con men or entertainers. Its purpose is to help the brain think in terms of angles.

 

This collection of the strange and risky is not exclusive to Americana. Many of the puzzle pieces have been culled from the weirdness of Belgium, Scandinavia, Germany, the U.K., France, Austria, Holland, Switzerland, Spain, Jamaica, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

 

Thereís an interesting theory Iíll propose for your consideration. Until the age of about fifty, your head stores itself full with info. After fifty, nature reverses to do some intellectual house cleaning. This process continues until all of the brainís creases are ironed and polished to the point of not even being able to control drool.

 

One of the reasons I wrote this book now was to preserve some of the interesting clutter before remembering it all became too overwhelming.

 

Another reason stemmed from my frustrations associated with research. And my fear of drooling.

 

My research on mind control serves as a representative example. Brainwashing can be explained clearly in two paragraphs. Or you can take the time to devour a 300 page tome on the subject. Complete it and youíre more confused than when you started.

 

 

Authors are often guilty of turning a paragraph into hundreds of pages and calling it a book. Some of the subjects in this book fall under this category.

 

Distilling topics with clarity and brevity provides an insightful overview of the craft of snake oil. It starts with this introduction youíre reading now.

 

Snake oil. Iíve learned from the best. Been burned by the worst. Along the way, Iíve even contributed a few of my own inventions. Come and get it . . .

 

Thereís nothing it wonít cure.

 

DISCLAIMER

The contents of this section are dangerous. Misuse of the material can cheapen an art form or at the very least make you look stupid. More importantly, misuse of this information may result in jail time or death. Do not attempt any of these tricks without the direct supervision of a responsible professional.


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