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  • Hardcover: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159691453X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596914537
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.1 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cons, bar bets, card games, and general chicanery for the natural-born prankster. Whether it's winning $50 on a bar bet, scoring seats closer to the fifty-yard line, or finagling a free meal, "The Modern Con Man "ensures that aspiring low-risk gri

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This book would probably get 3 stars as it was mostly a mildly amusing collection of practical jokes rather than the "cons" suggested by the title.
What ruined the kindle version was that it was riddled with errors for example well becomes weyy is becomes id. Once or twice in a book is tolerable but this happens so often it really impedes the enjoyment of the book.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dobsonone on 18 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
this is a pretty good book, a lot of usefull con's slash scam's in here, however the only thing i would say is if you own any other books on the subject like lovell's or titanic you may find a fair ammount of repition but none the less i think its a good purchase to any one interested in con's
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By farouq on 17 Sept. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Really great book!!! So smart and incredible, already used some of tricks and it's definitely worth a read
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Fun, but Pretty Weak - Does Anyone Fall For This Stuff? 8 Jun. 2008
By Robert Hruska - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This was an interesting book, and I read through it pretty quickly. But honestly, this has nothing to do with conning people. It's all about bar bets and tricks.
The book details a lot of different tricks that you can do in various situations, like making a bet that you can wrap a normal-sized piece of paper around your head, or betting that you can roll a cue ball underneath a pool stick laid across a pool table.
But some of them are exceedingly lame, and if anyone ever wins a bet with them, I'll buy him a beer himself. Like in the aforementioned pool table trick: You lay a pool stick across a pool table, then make a bet that you can roll a cue ball underneath it. Of course, a cue ball will never fit in the two inch space between the stick and the pool table surface. So the trick? You roll it on the floor. Har har. Technically it's "under" the pool stick. The author would have you believe that you'll be winning money all over town with this trick. My guess is that you have a better chance of either looking like a total idiot or getting beat up.
This is insulting, in other words. Nobody is going to pay on such an idiotic bet.
And in the end, none of these are "cons" any more than telling someone a riddle they can't figure out his a con. They're not cons, they're just common parlor tricks, and some of them are very lame, even for parlor tricks.
24 of 32 people found the following review helpful
The Conman Cons his Audience 14 Oct. 2008
By Reginald Thurmond Biggleswaddle III - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is basically a con, perpetrated by the author. He smirks and chuckles as people read the cover and become intrigued by the flashy colors and the bold title. He licks his lips as they rush with it to the counter, or click purchase on an online site. He counts his billfold as he guffaws, bemused by the gaff taken at the expense of his 'customer'... or what he would refer to as his "mark".

Buying this book, unless for the small cheap thrills of conning your co-workers into stupid acts of naivete -or the quick satisfaction of 'pulling a fast one' on someone so stupid as to fall for gimmicky bar-room antics- is worthless.

The title seems to imply that you too can be a conman. It's implicit, not guaranteed. There is no entry-level position on the totem of conmen, and there is certainly no book that will provide that gateway. Do as I did and pick it up off your stupid sibling's toilet-reading table and pocket it for free, rather than spend your money on a guy who seems to have fun mocking the very people paying his bills right to their very faces as they thumb through the pages of this waste of effort.

I laugh at the idea that Newsday, and all the others laud this work as being bold, brash, or an homage to the past heyday of grifting, and I smirk along the sidelines with Penn and Teller, who certainly are sure to see this as nothing more than a pleasant and cute grifter at work on a literary scale. If you buy this book you are falling into the trap of the grifter. He makes implicit remarks throughout the book that basically tell you what he is doing. If you want to read the egotistic blatherings of an author who says, "How to get something for nothing" and means it by showing you he is getting something by providing nothing, then spend you money, but you'd be better off investing in a bridge. I hear the Brooklyn Bridge is up for auction...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
decent for the novice 16 Jan. 2014
By Danewithanaxe - Published on Amazon.com
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I was excited to read this book, figuring it was going to be good stuff. It came today, and I read it under an hour. The book gave me a headache, it was the most stupidest thing I have ever read.

Going on to the PROS about this book. The con-line dating section is great, as well as the scams to pull on your college buddies, and the con man lingo was nice.

Other than that, save your money, this was a waste of money. I am just starting out in the industry, my dad was a great con man so I know 31 and NIM ( best rigged games ever in combination with each other)

Modern Con Man by Todd Robins has the most dumbest scams I have ever seen. Rolling a cue ball under a pool table for one.... The Hell?

Let me recommend REAL con books to get you started. How To Cheat At EVERYTHING by Simon Lovell is GREAT. Also Scam School by Brian Brushwood is great too. Todd wrote this book to teach aspiring cons ( They even have a test at the end) but if you follow the scams in Modern Con Man, you will a gaurenteed beating.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Kindle version full of typos 22 Jan. 2012
By Mpp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I assumed the cons were cute gags for bar tricks or to amaze and amuse a six year old, so I wasn't disappointed that there weren't any real cons, but the typos in the Kindle version were very annoying. I can't believe anyone read the Kindle version before publishing it. Capital "Y"s are changed to capital "T"s as in "How to Scam Tour Coworkers". I started paying less attention to the cons and more attention to all the typos, "cood" instead of "good", "man}'" instead of "many" ...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fun 16 Mar. 2009
By Michael Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book there was some really interesting history as well as some fun tricks to play on your friends or an unsuspecting stranger. As for making money off this as long as your not betting with the wrong person or for stakes that are too high you probably will leave the bar etc...with your fingers intact. And remember, always buy the loser a drink or beer afterward, it spreads goodwill and you just might be able to hustle them again!
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