|Tricks and Traps
by Clifton R. Wooldridge
This booklet, by the author of Grafters of America, exposes the scams and swindles used by carnival midway cheats, street gangs, road hustlers, and crooked mail-order businesses to cheat the public. Written by a Chicago police detective.
Many of these scams are still in use today. But please don't read this book to cheat -- instead, use it for your own protection, so you don't become the next victim.
Colorfully written, this handy guidebook book reveals the true-life scams, cons, swindles, ruses, devices and methods of the cheats and how they were taken down and brought to justice. Also includes descriptions of rigged carnival games.
Not only is this book a fun read, the various adventures and nefarious activities will offer many suggestions to spice up the patter in your magic routine or gambling lecture.
PDF format. 37 pages plus supplement. Edited and updated edition of the circa 1915 first printing. Edited by B. W. McCarron (author of The Gambling Magician.) Contains new chapters and additional content, with every word reset in crystal clear type for easy reading. ($8 US)
Tricks and Traps is available for purchase at Lybrary.com.