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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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

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Guides Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: A Sneaky Prop Bet In Monte Carlo

Formula one weekend in Monte Carlo is a strange place with barriers, road closures and ugly billboards scattered around a...
January 4, 2021 5 min read
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Guides Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: 2 Bar Bets Guaranteed To Win You Free Drinks

It only seems fair that readers of this blog deserve a few free drinks. In this article, I’m going to...
December 21, 2020 5 min read
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Guides Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: Data – What Matters Most?

In any situation or human interaction, information flows between participants depending on what is deliberately being conveyed or observed. Some...
December 7, 2020 4 min read
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Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: An Old School Con Game

This is a favourite old-time con trick that was described in The Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields and was performed...
November 23, 2020 6 min read
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Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: The Jam Scam – How Not To Get Conned At A Market

The jam auction is a veritable old-school scam that has stood the test of time and can be found in...
November 9, 2020 5 min read
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Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Why You Need To Think Like A Poker Player To Avoid Being Manipulated

In today’s world, we are surrounded by forms of deception that work their way into every aspect of our lives....
November 4, 2020 5 min read
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Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: Stealing Stuff From Crazy Gideon’s With A Fake Pregnancy Suit

Before The Real Hustle, I co-created and starred in a show called The Takedown on Court TV that featured a...
October 26, 2020 5 min read
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Do Casinos Cheat?

After the success of The Real Hustle, I’d meet all sorts of people from both sides of casino games: managers,...
October 13, 2020 5 min read
Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: How To Hustle

With a good proposition bet, the sucker will quickly realise he or she has been had. But, with the right...
October 5, 2020 5 min read
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Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Nespresso Money Mules

I recently wrote a short series of blogs on the topic of credit card theft, security and protection. There are...
September 30, 2020 5 min read
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Celebrities & Poker Pros Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Why Phil Ivey Shouldn’t Have Been Punished For Cheating

It’s hard to believe that several casinos in the last few years have lost millions of dollars to a technique...
September 14, 2020 7 min read
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Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: The Old School Gang In LA

Before the Main Street, Disney-like Grove shopping precinct was erected in Los Angeles, The Farmers Market on Third and Fairfax...
September 1, 2020 6 min read