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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Illusionist white hand magic trick
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Benefits Of Magical Thinking

One of the peculiarities of being a magician is that we often find solutions to problems no one else would...
February 25, 2022 5 min read
online shopping scam
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R. Paul Wilson On: Deals That Seem Too Good To Be True

In the last year or so there seems to have been a dramatic increase in online advertising that offers amazing...
February 7, 2022 5 min read
Fake casino chip
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Fake Chip Collateral Scam

Late night in Las Vegas, in a dark corner of a quiet bar, a discussion becomes heated until it is...
January 27, 2022 6 min read
Dai Vernon
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R. Paul Wilson On: When Sleight Of Hand Magicians And Card Cheaters Collide

Over the years, a few sleight of hand magicians have sought out card cheaters and crooked gamblers to share ideas...
January 15, 2022 5 min read
R Paul Wilson
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Oversimplification Fallacy

Con artists understand how to weave complex concepts into simple ideas that capture the imagination of their marks, but simplicity...
December 27, 2021 5 min read
the flipper - con artist
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Mysterious Case Of “The Flipper”

How many bets or important decisions have been determined by the toss of a coin? From sporting events to all-or-nothing...
December 14, 2021 5 min read
Playing cards trick with ace hands with gloves on black background
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Secret Behind This Magic Card Trick

It’s getting close to silly season so I thought I might break the habit of a lifetime and share a...
November 27, 2021 5 min read
Mobile news application in smartphone.
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R. Paul Wilson On: Why You Need To Act Like An Advantage Player 24/7

I’ve often spoken about the value of identifying useful information in a gaming context. This can secure an advantage for...
November 17, 2021 5 min read
Finger of woman pushing heart icon on screen on mobile
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Tinder Trap

Modern dating apps offer a convenient method to meet people (hopefully) searching for similar relationships but this form of digital...
October 31, 2021 5 min read
Red heart in a trap on pink background.
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Scams That Were Forbidden On “The Real Hustle”

When filming The Real Hustle, we aimed to expose as many scams as we could but there were several challenges...
October 23, 2021 5 min read
Trapped piggy bank in net on dark background with copy space. Avoid debt traps and speculation. Savings and retirement financial scams
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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
fake scam
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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
Scene from con men by R Paul Wilson
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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
Call centre scams
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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
Man showing tricks with cards
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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
Question Mark on a dice and wooden alphabet tiles against yellow background. Concept of Choice,FAQ, Solution,Decision and luck
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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.
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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
male friends drinking beer and clinking glasses at bar or pub
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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
Person scared of COVID
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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
cryptocurrency trap
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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