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

Gamblers at the casino
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
Classic black wallet on a pink background.
Guides Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: The Purse Swindle

One of the great pleasures of filming The Real Hustle for 11 seasons was that it gave me the chance...
March 11, 2021 5 min read
Soapy Smith
Insider Insights Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: The Secret Of Soapy Smith

The name Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith is well known amongst magicians, Old West historians and cheating aficionados. Soapy evolved from...
February 27, 2021 4 min read
Person getting money out of wallet
Insider Insights Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: Reworking Old Con Games

Con games evolve over time and can be adapted to new circumstances, cultural shifts or technology. In this article, I’m...
February 13, 2021 5 min read
Roulette wheel with security camera
Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: How To Cheat At Roulette With Past Posting

When I first met crooked-gambling expert Darwin Ortiz at a lecture for magicians in Glasgow, I was eager to pick...
January 18, 2021 4 min read
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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
Graphs representing the stock market crash caused by the Coronavirus
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
Two Dollar Tip Left For Bartender
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