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

More from R. Paul

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R. Paul Wilson On: Investment Scams Are Going Up-Up-Up!

Since diving into Bitcoin as the basis for potential scams, I’ve found myself drawn deeper into the mire of investment...
October 10, 2021 5 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: Bogus Scams

Not every scam I hear about is as real or widespread as you might think. I regularly receive panicked warnings...
September 26, 2021 5 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Truth About His Feature Film “Con Men”

Sometime in 2015, I found myself in Samy’s Camera store in Los Angeles about to buy an expensive camera to...
September 13, 2021 5 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: Call Centre Cons

I’ve studied and executed almost every kind of scam you can imagine. For The Real Hustle, the goal was always...
August 29, 2021 4 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: Coincidence Or Magic?

In an earlier article I discussed how seemingly impossible bad beats can actually happen at the card table and how...
August 16, 2021 5 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Seemingly Impossible

The ‘seemingly impossible’ happens every day. Crazy, wild coincidences are a passion of mine and I have more than a...
August 9, 2021 5 min read
Bitcoin as a bait.
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
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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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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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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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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