by Jim Rose




Beware of this One!

A hustler finds a dupe and shows him some card sleights. He informs him that there is a wealthy guy who loves to play cards. The scammer says: “I can cheat this guy out of a lot of money, but I need someone to work with me.” The dupe asks what he can do to help. The hustler says: ”Every time I shuffle and deal, you will win, so bet everything you have when I shuffle.


Also, I lost my ass at the horses last week, so you’ll need $2,000, it will look like we have money. Remember, only bet high when I do the dealing. After we take this guy to the cleaners, we’ll split the money later. It can be as much as $10,000 a piece for a night’s work. Not bad, eh?”


The dupe gets all excited and withdraws $2,000 and shows up at the poker game. What he doesn’t know is the hustler and “the wealthy guy” are working together. The game goes just like the hustler promises; every time he shuffles, the dupe wins because the “wealthy guy” folds. After hours of playing, the dupe is winning the antes but he is only up $50. $50 isn’t much if you are expecting to split $20,000.


This is when the hustlers take advantage. The “wealthy guy” can also manipulate cards. When it’s his turn to deal, he stacks the deck giving the dupe 4 queens and an ace, while giving himself 4 kings.


With 4 queens in his hand the dupe gets excited and raises the bets until reaching his $2000. They turn over their hands and the “wealthy guy” collects the money and leaves hastily. His partner, the con man who started the whole thing, yells in anger at the dupe: “I told you to bet only when I’m dealing the cards. You blew it.” The dupe has just lost $2000 but feels lousy for letting his partner down.


Afterwards the hustler and “the wealthy guy” meet and cut up the money.


Chalk One Up

This scam is often seen in European cities where “artists” make exact replicas of classical paintings with colored chalk. They tape paper to the sidewalk to draw on, all day long people show their support by dropping tips or buying the finished replica.


Secret: What “chalk artists” really do is buy color copy photos of classical paintings and chalk over a bunch of them beforehand. On the street they act like they’re chalking while collecting tips until someone buys one. Then they tape another one down and start all over again.


Short Change

The hustler goes up to the cashier and hands her a 10 dollar bill for a pack of gum. Right when she gets the change out of the register, he reaches into

his pocket and says: “I have the right change for the gum.” He puts the change on the counter and says:


”Keep the ten I gave you and my change that you have in your hand and give me back a twenty.”


If there is a line behind the hustler, or if the cashier is distracted at all, the hustler usually walks out with ten dollars profit.


The Oopsy

This is a short change technique used by crooked cashiers in a wide variety of businesses. It works well especially in a bar. A man pays for his drink with a 10 or 20 dollar bill. The crooked bartender gives him the change with some coins and one dollar bills. He counts them in front of the customer, straightening the bills by tapping them on the bar, then he places them in a neat pile in front him.


Now, the customer either puts the money in his pocket right away, since he’s seen it counted, and is sure the amount is accurate, or leaves it on the bar for future drinks.


What actually happens is the customer is being robbed right before his eyes without knowing it. Secret: While tapping the money on the bar to straighten the bills the bartender secretly drops one on his side of the bar, which he picks up later. If the drinker notices, the bartender says ”oops,” and returns the bill apologizing as if it were an accident.


A Dog Called Unlucky

A stranger shows up at a bar with a nice looking dog. He informs the bartender that the dog is a rare breed. He says he is in town for an important meeting and offers the bartender twenty dollars to watch his dog for two hours. Before leaving, the stranger reminds the bartender how valuable the dog is and to take good care of it.


A little later, another stranger comes in and shows great interest in the dog, and asks the bartender if he can buy it. The bartender refuses, telling him that the dog is not for sale. The stranger keeps insisting and offers 600 dollars. He tells him that he will come back in two hours to see if a deal can be worked out.


After the stranger leaves, the dog’s owner comes back with a story about a horrible business meeting and now he’s broke. The bartender, recalling the 600 dollar offer, sees a way to make a profit and offers money for the dog. The stranger refuses, saying it is too valuable and can’t accept the offer. But the bartender insists anyway, until the dog owner agrees to sell the dog for 300 dollars. The dog owner takes the money and meets up with his partner, “the stranger,” a few blocks away to split the money. The bartender

ends up with a 300 dollar mutt.


So if a bartender does “The Oopsy” to you, get him back with “A Dog Called Unlucky”!



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