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Jeff Corn
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Does anyone know where I can find old carny games, such as the weighted milk pitchers and others, for "instructional purposes?" I'm part of a "Cheating for Charity" group and would love to pick some of these up to avoid the repitition of only having the Shell Game, 3 Card Monte, and Fast and Loose for the crowds.
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Here's a site that if nothing else can give you some ideas.
http://www.jacksgames.com/
It looks like you could make a few of these for less cost.

Basically with most games it's just the tremendous odds of winning rather that cheating.
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The book "Carnival Secrets" by Matthew Gryczan explains most of the games in detail, how they can be played fair or gaffed, and also has instructions for building many of the games themselves.

http://www.amazon.com/Carnival-Secrets-M......41599248
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Oriental Trading sells the aluminum milk bottles for $8.95 each (item #IN-51/96), plus plenty of good slum prizes.

Click HERE for more info. If you search their site with the word "carnival," you'll find plenty of good stuff. SETH
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Jeff Corn
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Excellent. Thanks for this. The only real resource I have at the moment in Billion Dollar Bunko and Bruce Walstead, a retired detective that use to teach these games to the police.
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Jeff,

Look up carnival supplies as a search term with your city -- there should be several places selling and renting games

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Yes, but I need the rigged games.
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Contact Allentown Toy Company. You should find what you want there.

http://www.allentowntoy.com/games.php

For the BIG stuff, contact Bob's Space Racers Inc. They have everything you will need for the midway, although probably MUCH more than your willing to spend.

http://www.bobsspaceracers.com/frames/index.htm

You could also check with American Carnival Mart. They rent carnival games and should be able to tell you where you can buy them. They have to get them from somewhere before they can rent them out.

http://www.funcarnival.com/store/1100.html

Hopefully, these links will get you started.

Finally, get the book "Carnival Secrets" by Matthew Gryczan mentioned above. It is full of information that can help you to know exactly what happens "on the midway."

Good luck. Mark.
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Scarne's Complete Guide to Gambling (back in the book) or Darwin Ortiz' Gambling Scams have very nice descriptions of "classic" carnival games (and the in-built mechanisms).
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The Gryczan book "tells it all" - Plenty of carnival supplies (games, game components, slum prizes and better prizes) at http://www.ustoy.com/novelty/default.htm
(not nearly as annoying as Oriental)

If you want to take it to a pro level, try
http://www.redboneproducts.com/
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