R. Paul Wilson

R. Paul Wilson

R. Paul Wilson is an expert on cons, scams and the art of deception. Former writer/presenter of “The Real Hustle”, a world-renowned magician and adviser to players and casinos on cheating and game protection.

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R. Paul Wilson On: The Real Secret of Three Card Monte Trick

You may have seen it played on the street or in a bar with three bent playing cards, leather disks or even bar mats. But while the mechanics are usually the same, the real secret of three card monte trick is in how people are manipulated...

November 27, 2019 6 min read

More from R. Paul

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Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: What We Can Learn From Hoaxes

As a magician, a con-artist and a filmmaker I have a great passion for a good story that not only...
June 27, 2022 4 min read
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Insider Insights Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: How To Be Your Own Casino (3/3)

This final instalment of how to play games where you become the house and have an unbeatable mathematical edge (over...
June 13, 2022 4 min read
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Insider Insights Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: How To Be Your Own Casino (2/3)

This is the second in a three-part series on how to turn yourself into “the house” and reap the benefits...
May 30, 2022 5 min read
Dice hustle games
Insider Insights Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: How To Be Your Own Casino (1/3)

This is part one of three from our series on games where the odds are in the hustler’s favour. I...
May 16, 2022 4 min read
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Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: It Ain’t Paranoia If They’re Really Out To Get Me

A question I’m often asked is, "Have you ever been conned?" Of course the answer is "yes" - and I’ve...
May 2, 2022 5 min read
Lottery tickets and balls
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Why The Lottery Is A Waste Of Your Time

One of my favourite performance pieces is an absolute miracle with a borrowed deck of cards, created by the Spanish...
April 19, 2022 5 min read
Lottery scam
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Lottery Scams

Lottery scams come in many shapes and sizes, from bogus systems to counterfeit tickets. I’ve talked about lotteries as a...
April 6, 2022 5 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Self-Help “Experts” Who Are Out To Get You

I have a healthy suspicion of anyone who tries to oversimplify complicated aspects of life and business. A few of...
March 21, 2022 5 min read
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Industry

R. Paul Wilson On: An Extremely Powerful Habit To Help You Avoid Really Bad Decisions

Gambling is a concentrated experience where risk and reward collide in a heady (and for some an addicting) cocktail of...
March 7, 2022 4 min read
Illusionist white hand magic trick
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: The Benefits Of Magical Thinking

One of the peculiarities of being a magician is that we often find solutions to problems no one else would...
February 25, 2022 5 min read
online shopping scam
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Deals That Seem Too Good To Be True

In the last year or so there seems to have been a dramatic increase in online advertising that offers amazing...
February 7, 2022 5 min read
Fake casino chip
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: The Fake Chip Collateral Scam

Late night in Las Vegas, in a dark corner of a quiet bar, a discussion becomes heated until it is...
January 27, 2022 6 min read