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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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
cryptocurrency trap
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
Red torn paper with a text of Scam Alert with copy space.
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
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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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
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
The Jam Scam - The Real Hustle
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
Crazy Gideons
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