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.

R. Paul Wilson’s most popular posts

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Guides

R. Paul Wilson On: Marking Cards For Fun (And Profit)

As a magician, I’m always being accused of using marked cards. A simple strategy I’ve evolved to address this is to open brand-new decks and give the cards away at the end of a performance as a demonstration of fairness. This usually satisfies suspicious audience members,...

September 9, 2019 6 min read

More from R. Paul

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Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: Protecting Yourself From Crypto Scammers

Recently I delved into the issues of investing in crypto and understanding the dangers of various coins based on the...
July 21, 2021 6 min read
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Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: 4 Easy Bar Bets You Can Learn In Minutes

I think it’s time I shared some more ways to make a little money from your friends and the following...
July 15, 2021 4 min read
Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: The “Seven Out” Con Game

A little-known gambling joint that’s been played all over the world is the game of “Seven Out”. It’s a simple...
July 7, 2021 4 min read
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Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Why Fear Is The Enemy

Can thinking like a gambler help us navigate times of fear and uncertainty? At the time of writing, many countries...
June 21, 2021 5 min read
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Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Crypto Scams (2/2)

The current craze surrounding cryptocurrency highlights how old con games continue to work on a new generation of suckers. While...
June 13, 2021 4 min read
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Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Crypto Scams (1/2)

I know next to nothing about cryptocurrency. Like any investment, crypto offers varying degrees of risk and can return profits...
June 12, 2021 5 min read
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Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: The Psychology Of Being Conned

I’ve often said that the difference between being mugged at knifepoint and handing over your savings to a scammer is...
May 24, 2021 5 min read
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Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: Being Your Own Con Artist

Imagine that this time next year you are in a completely unpredictable situation - something no one at this exact...
May 8, 2021 4 min read
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Guides Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: How To Avoid Getting Scammed On Vacation

A few years ago, I spent a week in New York City, visiting places of interest, museums and restaurants while...
April 24, 2021 4 min read
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Guides Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: How To Be A Better Gambler

There’s an inherent danger in entering into any proposition without being properly informed or prepared in advance. When plunged into...
April 11, 2021 4 min read
Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: Informed Influence

Information is the main currency of the 21st century whether it is collected openly, shared freely, stolen or secretly inserted....
March 30, 2021 5 min read
Insider Insights Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: The Fortune Teller’s Egg Scam

Over 11 seasons and three specials of The Real Hustle television show, there were a few con games that made...
March 18, 2021 5 min read