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Topic: A book on betchas
Message: Posted by: ryan916 (Feb 6, 2006 04:27PM)
Are there any books on betchas. If there are can anyone reccomend one.
Message: Posted by: werton (Feb 6, 2006 10:18PM)
Snake oil by jim rose covers some bar bets and things of that nature
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Feb 6, 2006 10:53PM)
Also, there's "Beat 'Em, Cheat 'Em, Leave 'Em Bleedin'" by Bob Farmer.

Also, try looking in back issues of MAGIC and Genii magazines for his Flim-Flam columns!
Message: Posted by: ryan916 (Feb 7, 2006 06:34PM)
I've heard of snake oil but can you actually use any of the stuff in there or is just some facts and a lok back on what people used to do
Message: Posted by: Corona Smith (Feb 7, 2006 06:58PM)
100 ways to win a tenner by paul zenon
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Feb 9, 2006 10:25AM)
Didn't Harry Anderson turn one out? Also Penn and Teller?
Message: Posted by: Snidini (Feb 21, 2006 11:58PM)
I think Simon Lovell's book "Million Dollar Bunko" has some great proposition bets in there. It's worth a read.
Message: Posted by: kerpa (Mar 29, 2006 03:00PM)
Harry Anderson's book, which I highly recommend is "Games You Can't Lose." By the way, that is the first half of the book. The second half is called "Games You Can't Win" and covers casino and carnival games.
Message: Posted by: mark1991 (Apr 2, 2006 04:19AM)
100 ways to win a tenner by Paul Zenon is a great little book for bar bets!

It also includes a few snooker tricks which can also win you money. I really like those!

Magical Mark
Message: Posted by: TheGreatDane (Apr 3, 2006 09:14AM)
Second to Lovell's book -- but it's called "Billion Dollar Bunko"

A small point, but it may help in the searching for it.

And try to find free shipping -- the thing weighs a ton!
Message: Posted by: leapinglizards (Apr 3, 2006 09:23AM)
I still have Harry Blackstone Jr's "there's One Born every minute" from when I was about 9 years old!
Message: Posted by: Magic CPA (Dec 15, 2006 12:11PM)
Many years ago, Henny Youngman wrote a little book called "Bar bets, bar Jokes, and Bar tricks" which you might want to check out (you could probably find a cheap used copy).
Message: Posted by: thoughtsexplorer (Dec 15, 2006 02:30PM)
You will really find a lot of in Gardner's encyclopeda of impromtu magic.
Message: Posted by: gump (Dec 15, 2006 05:44PM)
You should get a lot of mileage out of "100 ways to win a tenner" by Paul Zenon and "Games You Can't Lose" by Harry Anderson, as mentioned above.

Also, the booklets "Wanna Bet" by Frances Marshall and Nick Trost's "Expert Gambling Tricks" are very good (if you can find them).

And don't forget the great wealth of info right here on this forum. :)
Message: Posted by: John Smetana (Dec 16, 2006 11:22AM)
You may want to check out the Bar Bets book..see the link below my name..A ton of stuff in that one.

All the best,
Message: Posted by: dodgechargerrt30 (Jan 24, 2007 03:45AM)
If your into pool pick up CHEF ANTONS pool hustlers handbook its got 50 "bar bet" billiard brain teasers in there sure to win you some money or some drinks Guarenteed
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jan 24, 2007 12:39PM)
I believe Simons book was released last month in a paper back version for just a bit over $10 under a different name. Look it up under Simon Lovell.
Message: Posted by: Charlie the Tuna (Mar 7, 2007 04:15PM)
Simons' Book is still available (amazon). Unfortunately most of the others are not. If anyone knows of other sources for Betcha books, or good websites. Please post'em
Message: Posted by: NJJ (Apr 22, 2007 07:59PM)
Simon's book is now called "How To Cheat AT Everything". It costs me $30AUD and is way underpriced. It has about 20 prop bets in it.
Message: Posted by: fless (Jun 19, 2007 05:42AM)
As a beginner I definitely second Zenon's book. Really nice mix of cards, matches, pool and not only bar-related cons. It's a giveaway at $10 or so at any online bookstore. Check for the US title though: 100 ways to win a ten-spot...
(the old UK title does not seem to be available anymore)
Message: Posted by: Douglas Lippert (Dec 31, 2008 02:52AM)
Bamboozlers by Diamond Jim is a new one.
Message: Posted by: sleightly (Dec 31, 2008 06:56AM)
Simon's book is a good resource on the topic.

To add to the list... don't forget The Modern Con Man: How To Get Something For Nothing by Todd Robbins.

Message: Posted by: bitterman (Jan 3, 2009 10:01AM)
My BAR STUNTS, BARNUM STATEMENTS AND OTHER BS has everything you need for one low price. Step right up...
Message: Posted by: markthorold (Jan 13, 2009 05:37PM)
Bittermans book gets a massive thumbs up from me.there's a beauty in there using a barmaid and a ten(?) dollar bill .Cant praise it highly enough.
Regards Mark
Message: Posted by: CAROLINI (Jan 24, 2009 02:47PM)
Zenon's book is the best IMHO/
Message: Posted by: basic_mystifier (Feb 10, 2009 11:56AM)
Brian Brushwood wrote a couple. One is called Cheats,Cons,Swindles and Tricks. Its pretty good. Cant think of the others.
Message: Posted by: WilburrUK (Feb 10, 2009 02:07PM)
IMHO, Todd Robbins and Paul Zennon's books are both worth a read, but Simon Lovell's is the best of the bunch.
Message: Posted by: John Long (Jun 13, 2009 04:43PM)
Not whole books, but sections of books:

Wilson's Complete Course;
Einhorn's 200 Magical Illusions, amazing puzzles & Stunning Stunts
Message: Posted by: necro555 (Jun 14, 2009 05:56AM)
I need to get my hands on some of these books. They're all great. My current favorites are 100 ways to win a tenner (zenon), modern conman (robbins) and how to cheat at everything (lovell).
Message: Posted by: dave_matkin (Jun 14, 2009 06:56AM)
So is how to cheat at everything by lovel really the same as Billion dollar Bunko?

If they are there is a big price difference - anyone know the reason for that?

Thanks Dave
Message: Posted by: necro555 (Jun 14, 2009 12:33PM)
If I've heard correct, Billion dollar bunko is the hardcover version, whereas How to cheat at everything is the paperback version. The price difference, I think, is because you can't get "Billion Dollar Bunko" anymore (out of print I think, if not very rare to find). How to cheat at everything is slightly more common
Message: Posted by: G. (Jul 2, 2009 06:33AM)
I second the Bamboozlers by Diamond Jim, there's a lot of cute ideas inside.
Message: Posted by: Diamond Jim (Jul 3, 2009 07:51AM)
Hey gang,

You'll be happy to know that I have almost completed writing Volume Two of Bamboozlers. My artist has begun submitting some of the illustrations as well. If all goes well it should be out before the end of the year. Expect the same format and quality (leather, gilt edges, pocket-sized).
Message: Posted by: Glenn Morphew (Jul 30, 2009 01:05PM)
Here's another good one but unfortunately it's out of print too. "Never Give A Sucker An Even Break" by John Fisher. I have seen it occasionally on ebay. It's a 128 page paper back. Published in 1976.

Message: Posted by: alexoid (Apr 16, 2010 11:44AM)
If anyone is thinking of getting "A 100 ways to win a tenner" (100 ways to win a ten spot is the USA version) I do recommend it- it's a really nicely produced book, well illustrated and amusingly written.

You may want to look at my review of it here
Message: Posted by: Diamond Jim (Mar 16, 2013 06:57AM)
Bamboozlers Three was sent off to the printer yesterday. The books should arrive in June.
Message: Posted by: B.W. McCarron (Jul 6, 2013 11:20AM)
Gambler's Digest, edited by Clement McQuaid, includes several betchas as well as lots of great (true) stories and gambling lore. Amazon has it.
Message: Posted by: Pedro Nieves (Oct 4, 2014 02:14PM)
I know that this is an old post, but Magic, Inc. in Chicago just published Simon Lovell's new book called "Betcha! How to win free drinks for life."

It got a nice review from Eric Mead on the October issue of Genii. Considering that Mead has amassed an incredible amount of bar bets over the years, it is impressive to hear that he found at least a dozen in this book that he had not seen before.

Check out the description and content here: