Three Card Monte TrickPutting the Con in Confidence Games!There is an art involved in a successful Three Card Monte Scam just as there is in any good confidencegame. Practice is required to train your hands to be quick enough so that you can keep track of the
Eyed Jack” but not so clumsy as to be seen keeping track of the “One
Eyed Jack.” You need a
surface where the cards glide over the surface but with enough grab to keep steady control over yourcards. You have to have a patter, a spiel that you are comfortable with, to chat up the most jadedpassersby and tourists who are looking for a walk on the wild side. And you have to have an authentic
personality. You’ve got to be able to put people at ease quickly. People can distrust the GAME, but they
have to be comfortable with you. As they say, if you can fak
You’ll need to be the lovable rogue who is engaging, with just a hint of excitement, but who is still
fallible. In order for the game to succeed, you have to be able to be beat. You will lose, and lose often.
You’ll be good
-natured to show that there are no hard feelings. You win some and you lose some. Youwill be sharp, well-
practiced, and patient. And you WILL lose, but you won’t ever be beat.At this point, the game hasn’t even started yet, because the trick of a good confidence game isn’t i
n thegame, but in the confidence.In a crowded city where you present an engaging and talkative figure, people WILL notice you, but they
won’t be lining up to give their money away, which is fine. What would be the fun in that anyway?
The crowd will form once people begin to play and win. For a successful Three-Card Monte scam towork, you have to start slow and a little clumsy, just to let your mark know that they have a chance atwinning. You might even drop a card or two. The crowd will be skeptical,
as they should be, but they’ll
start to like you.In the back of the audience a fresh-faced, likable girl will push to the front of the crowd and asks for a
chance to find the jack. Before she throws around her money, however, she’ll want to inspect the c
ards,to make sure that everything is on the up-and-
up. And you’ll oblige!
The girl may or may not lose the first round, but she certainly wins the second or third. After that she isabsolutely unstoppable and only steps aside once you firmly-but-kindly ask her to so someone else canhave a chance.
She WILL step aside, but only long enough to put the CON in “Confidence Game.” The girl will pull aside
someone from the crowd and tell them that there is a tiny lipstick smudge on the left top corner of the ja
ck’s card. She put it there and asks if they want to help her out
-hustle this street hustler.
Being a fair and upstanding crowd, they will most probably be inclined to tell her to “shove off,” buteven if they don’t, not to worry. Things won’t get that f
You WILL overhear her and you WILL be offended. “I run an honest game, here, lady, and I won’t becheated.” Wiping off your cards and replacing them, you’ll tell the crowd that he only wants to play agame that’s “fair and square,” and if that isn’t them, then you’ll gladly move on.