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Topic: Real Life Monte
Message: Posted by: Max T. Oz (Jul 13, 2017 03:36PM)
There is often a mystique about the hustlers whom play the Monte Scam on the street for real.

Once again I have run into a couple groups playing the shell game Monte on the street for real. (This time at the Berlin Wall/Eatern Gallery where I've crossed paths before)

In reality 95% of them are not to the standard you might expect. Yes they can be tough, in the trenches know how, but technically and psychologically?

Most follow the very same script and same routines and even the same lines. Something just like us magicians LOL. And most of them look and dress the same. Just like us magicians eh lol.

I guess what works,.....works.

I've seen a few exceptions,,,,,the best gang being one I ran into decades ago in Pigalle, Paris France, The tosser was super smooth technically and the rest of the gang worked in perfect unison. Right down to the clothes they were wearing (none of them looked like bums. And no sign of aggression unless provoked or need be. They did a killing.

Todays cast. Young girl handing tosser money is team member. Older woman on left is team member and works at blocking out, Man with both hands in pocket is look out as is similar person behind me. There's another shill in front whom you can only see his pointing hand in the pic. Purple mat with 3 boxes lie on ground, one wrong bet already made. Of course, as always. things got heated as I took this pic :-)

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Message: Posted by: shellgame-al (Jul 13, 2017 07:11PM)
So did you play?
Message: Posted by: Steven Conner (Jul 14, 2017 09:05AM)
Would love to see the action.
Message: Posted by: LeoH (Jul 14, 2017 10:06AM)
Happy you weren't hurt!
Message: Posted by: Max T. Oz (Jul 14, 2017 03:29PM)
I did engage with them....but my more intelligent half requested that I cease my activities as she did not really want to see a fist fight. Sigh.....can't have too much fun anymore LOL.

She was probably right as things were getting a tad heated with them :-)

There was one young Japanese lady whom I watched make a 50 Euro bet (by her dress, I think she could afford it).......and lost, of course. So they do make money on occasion.
Message: Posted by: Max T. Oz (Jul 22, 2017 07:04PM)
Very short clip I got in before things went south...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fq6VZMbjdE

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Message: Posted by: ROBERT BLAKE (Jul 25, 2017 03:26PM)
Max what lines do they say?
Message: Posted by: Szymon Krzysztoszek (Jul 29, 2017 08:36AM)
I was there and I have to say they are very convincing. I was explaining to one of my friends how it's working and even with that info he was willing to try
Message: Posted by: Max T. Oz (Aug 3, 2017 07:52PM)
[quote]On Jul 29, 2017, Szymon Krzysztoszek wrote:
I was there and I have to say they are very convincing. I was explaining to one of my friends how it's working and even with that info he was willing to try [/quote]

They were still there (Berlin, East Gallery Wall) as of last week. Seems to be 2 groups working, all part of the same gang I believe.

Below is a pic of the 2nd group. Are these or the one's in the pic above the gang you saw there Szymon.

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Message: Posted by: vanp8 (Nov 7, 2018 01:52PM)
I seen the 3 card monte at a rest area in the panhandle of Florida. My wife and I had stopped to eat lunch in our RV. I had walked the dogs behind the rv and Semi's not a soul around. Went back to Rv to eat. A semi was next to me with a race car.. So all of a sudden someone was beating on my RV and these guys were saying this guy just won come around and meet him. When I get around this guy is laughing everyone shaking his hand (his crew)(15 to 20 people).
Then he has these 3 Cards. No one says anything about betting. One guy picks the card. Wins and he gives him money. Then the guy next to me says if you pick the card he will give you some of his lottery winnings wasn't a race car driver. The guy next to me says get some of his money watch. Then he leans down and bends the queen and wins some money. Soon as he wins I realize its a whole Monte crew. I could not get back to the RV fast enough. This was around 2003 we had went to see my daughter at the Navy base she was in the AF getting her water survival training.
Message: Posted by: B.W. McCarron (Nov 9, 2018 10:35AM)
Max,
Thanks much for posting your photos and video about the monte gang. I'm surprised things didn't go south in a hurry when they realized their photos were taken.


--Brett