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100 Ways to Win a Tenner [Paperback]

Paul Zenon
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7 July 2003
100 way to Win a Tenner is a comprehensive guide to scams and swindles that will make you a winner every time. Unlike magic tricks, these bets and stunts use everyday objects and require no skill - just a lot of front! Within minutes you too can be the life and the scourge of the party. This is a complete insider's guide into the tricks of the trade enabling you to win at cards, pool, pub quizzes and anywhere else where there is an opportunity to prosper!

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (7 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842229230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842229231
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Paul Zenon, the original Fun Loving Criminal is the UK's leading comedy magician, with dozens of TV credits to his name including three one-man "street magic" specials screened by Channel 4. Paul has appeared in around thirty countries and in every conceivable location; from the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas to the hold of an aircraft carrier in the Adriatic, from the London Palladium to a clearing in the jungles of Belize, and from The Magic Castle in Hollywood to the back of a truck in a Bosnian war zone.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Excellent book for winding your mates up. In fairness your not gonna win a tenner everytime you do one of these "tricks" BUT you will find it easy to con a few quid out of people with these cleverley worded bets and stunts etc. This book is layed out in different catagories (for example stunts you can pull in a pub/club enviroment) I must admit if you DID try and con a tenner out of someone some of these stunts may just earn you a thick lip for your pure cheek but between friends (or if your with a bunch of friends) then you SHOULD get away with a lot of these.
Well worth the money, but you must be careful who you try to "Win" your tenner from.
I hope his review was informative for you.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The book itself is the biggest scam 14 May 2008
It should be entitled '101 Ways to Win a Tenner', as the book itself costs 9.99. You may think it is worth a gamble to pay the 10 quid, as you will potentially learn another 100 ways to get it back, but you would be wrong. You would be the sucker (like I was) for having spent the money.

Out of the '100 ways', there is only one genuine scam (number 20) in the book.

The rest of the book is comprised of the following:-
a) puzzles - such as well-known matchstick ones. (One of which - number 70 - gives a wrong answer. Arrange six matches to give as many triangles as possible. The solution given is to make a 3D tetrahedron, giving four triangles. Whereas a more obvious 'Star of David' would produce six.)
b) Some 'stunts', a couple of which are interesting (but these can be found easily by doing a quick search on the Internet), but many are well known (such as not being able to touch your toes (or pick up a tenner, as changed to in the book) whilst standing with your back to a wall.)
c) Annoying word-play. For example, 'I bet you a tenner you can't pick this matchbox off the top of this glass in twenty seconds with two matches' - the catch being the glass is turned upside down, so you claim that they picked the matchbox off the 'bottom', not the 'top'. Ha! Ha! Unfortunately a high proportion of the '100 ways' are of this nature.

The 'amusing' characters within in this book, are nothing of the sort, and are merely there for padding.

With the exception of the previously mentioned #20, none of these '100 ways' are good enough to actually win a tenner, without making yourself look like an annoying pedantic (for the word-play) or a skin-flint.

The few interesting stunts are just that, interesting stunts.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Con! 29 July 2003
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OK, this is a book. But not your normal list of ‘smartypants things you can do’ kind of book, oh dear me no! Through the pages of this work of art, you will meet and greet various unnamed punters who are always going to lose a tenner a time for their further education in the Art of Scams etc. You will also meet Sid ‘The Kid’, cautious Jim, Mike, Smartarse Stan, great Uncle Harold, Bob the Belly, Gazza & Dave, Typhoon Ted the Pool expert, Keith and Einstein the Quiz Champions, Marilyn, cute but not too bright, Mickey, Fred the Football Freak, Dave & Baz, Gemma, and The Hulk – muscle bound and not quite as bright as Marilyn.
Split into five sections, the book takes you on a tour of the finest scams, rigged bets and general cheating available. At the same time it’s like a succession of good nights out at the pub and almost reads like a novel.
Out of the 100 scams, I’d already heard of no more than a couple which means I either live an honest and sober life or I was ready to be scammed! If nothing else, this book will show you how easy it is to lose a tenner (or more!) to subtle psychology and clever wordings. Buy it, read it, memorise it.
Excellent value for money: worth far more than the cover price!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars proven beyond doubt 14 Jun 2008
By S. Fox
This is a good little book filled with loads of top tips on bar/party scams, you wont be earning a wage off of what is offered but you can get a reputation as man who can raise a laugh.

I use many of these in pubs/bars before i go into my card routines, it helps people relax when you can gently ease them into a humourous situation before producing a pack of cards encouraging them to ask see another trick.

Proof that the better scams work is evident by the free drinks i have received through working one of the card trick's that i knew originally as the 'circus card trick', i cant remember its no. now, but the book even teaches a further addition to the scam to be pulled after relieving the mark of his drink/money. i once had someone so convinced that i would'nt produce his card that he refused the original bet of one drink,then two drinks then twenty pounds before he raised the bet to two hundred pounds shaking me by the hand in front of a whole room of people. another time we used the gamblers swindle of changing the ten pound note for change in the course of a magic trick, producing the supposedly burnt ten pound note from the till.
unfortunatly for me because of my morals, both got their money back, but both tricks/scams proved their worth. these two tricks alone are worth the asking price because of the reputation it build afterwards.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 Ways to Win a Tenner
It should read 100 fun Ways to Win a Tenner. Some were new to me others I have used before.
Published 17 months ago by Alan Mason
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a great book to learn some easy tricks to play on your friends. Keeps you entertained at crap parties.
Published on 7 May 2011 by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
The absoloute bible for the would-be conman. You can make a fortune while being the life-and-soul at the same time. Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2007 by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Gem of a book
I can honestly say this is one of the best books I have ever read. I found some of the tricks absolutely brilliant, and you don't need to be a magician to do them. Read more
Published on 19 July 2007 by Jack Hobartson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good if you are new to this sort of thing
I have seen Paul Zenon perform and consider him to be one of Britains foremost 'street' magicians. 100 ways to win a tenner is a useful reference for those of you (like me) who... Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2006 by Mr. A. J. Sutherland
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dog's
This is a phenomenally useful book - I've made a fortune! Easy and fun to read yet the most comprehensive guide I've seen to bar bets. Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2006 by Neat Pete
2.0 out of 5 stars For rugby boys, alcholics and small boys
I like Paul Zenon's magic and his general presentation style. If a well laid out and comprehensive guide to pub tricks is what you want, and all that stuff's up your street, this... Read more
Published on 21 July 2005 by andrew jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 Ways To Win a Tenner - Paul Zenon
OK, this is a book. But not your normal list of 'smartypants things you can do' or magic tricks kind of book, oh dear me no! Read more
Published on 17 July 2003 by Amazon Customer
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