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This is a review of Todd Robbins’s two new DVDs:
1) How to Scam Your Way to Free Beer and Other Bar Bets
2) Poker Night Games and Other Card-Playing Tricks

I am going to cross post this on the DVD review section and on the prop bet section, but since these are DVDs by Todd, I also thought I would post them here.


Let me first say something about me as a reviewer, in an effort to give an objective review. I have met Todd Robbins and I have even paid him money. Actually, I took a course from him in the Sideshow arts. Whenever I see him, he is very cordial with me and very generous with his time. Since I don’t really know anything about him personally, I don’t think we are considered friends. But we are friendly and occasionally e-mail each other (or really, he answers my pestering e-mails). So, there you have it, my objectivity may be somewhat tainted since I “know” and admire the author. However, he hasn’t paid me anything to write this review (nor has he given me a free drink—which he should).

On the other hand, I have huge library of DVDs and an even larger library of cons and prop bets. So, I think I have a pretty good foundation on what makes a good DVD and what should be included in a DVD series on cons and prop bets.


Now for the review:
If you are at all interested in small, fun cons and prop bets, do not hesitate for even a second to get these DVDs. GO GET THEM NOW. They are excellent in every way. They are a great value and include a large amount of material. They are well produced with easy to use menus. Even the background music was well chosen—it has that kinda fun, yet sneaky con type music. The teaching is excellent and easy to follow. No tough “moves” are taught—moves that would need mastery for them to work under fire. Most everything taught is “the clever” con, not the hopping the cut, switching in a cooler deck kind of con. (Todd does show a second deal and a bottom deal that wouldn’t pass if you were blind and hearing it on the radio—but he isn’t doing it for a Marlo/Keops demonstration of “how to do the second/bottom deal. He is just talking to the lay person about keeping your eyes open.)

Can the material be found elsewhere? Sure. All over the place, Wanna Bet? is an old prop book that has tons of prop bets. There is even a drink scam that was debuted on Cheers by Harry Anderson. But to see them performed, even though you as the viewer knows that they were staged, is a great learning experience. Todd shows you “how to perform” these scams and bets with the type of fun flair you need. The type of flair that puts the mark in the position of saying, “Oh…that was a good one. It was worth the price of the drink”, rather than “You *&%#! I’m gonna kick your….”.

Again, there is a ton of material here. They are well produced and easy to follow. They are a great resource and really fun to watch.
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Jeremy,

Help us here...where do we get these?

Yours,

Paul
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I am sure that you could PM Todd. OR:

http://www.modernconman.com


Yeeeha!
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I tried to order and it is not working.
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Here's a cute one, but can get your *** kicked in the wrong places:

Bet someone that you can outdrink them, resulting that they have to pay the bill (or money).

Set up 3 beers in 16 oz lager type glasses
Set up 3 shots of liquor/whiskey
Your mark is the liquor/whiskey drinker.
Proclaim that you can drink all your beers before he can finish his last shot.
There is one rule... neither player is allowed to touch the opponents glass.
Simple? Here's the ***kicker and it takes practice:
Down your beer FAST, and I cannot emphasize the word FAST anymore than using all caps.
Once your glass is empty, simply invert it and cover the opponents' LAST shot glass.
While he is bound by the rule to NOT touch your glass, you can finish your remaining two beers in leisure.
You win, the mark pays the tab, you get drunk and hopefully won't get beaten.
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Some do it after getting the guy to front you half a beer or a full beer if the shot drinker is cocky.
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Still not working........
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Bummer, maybe you can get some directly from Todd. They are worth it. I just finished watching them again.
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The Modern Con Man site is being moved to a new server and that is why the order link is not working. It will be working soon.

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Thanks Todd.
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I just got an email from one of the producers saying that they are going to do a whole new website to gear up for a BIG marketing push, so you won't be able to order on the site for a while. In the mean time, if you want a copy, email Marcel at hellomarcel@earthlink.net and he will take your order.

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This scam is on Vol. 1

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On 2006-09-07 13:19, thegreatnippulini wrote:
Here's a cute one, but can get your *** kicked in the wrong places:

Bet someone that you can outdrink them, resulting that they have to pay the bill (or money).

Set up 3 beers in 16 oz lager type glasses
Set up 3 shots of liquor/whiskey
Your mark is the liquor/whiskey drinker.
Proclaim that you can drink all your beers before he can finish his last shot.
There is one rule... neither player is allowed to touch the opponents glass.
Simple? Here's the ***kicker and it takes practice:
Down your beer FAST, and I cannot emphasize the word FAST anymore than using all caps.
Once your glass is empty, simply invert it and cover the opponents' LAST shot glass.
While he is bound by the rule to NOT touch your glass, you can finish your remaining two beers in leisure.
You win, the mark pays the tab, you get drunk and hopefully won't get beaten.
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If you haven't gotten these yet, run, don't walk, to the nearest distributor, snatch your wallet out of your pocket, and give the guy everything you have!

Wait, I forgot, it's internet orders.

The point is, if you like to play games, and are willing to put a little bit of cash on the table, DON'T do it with Todd. He will win. You will lose. Period. And the best part, is that he's willing to show you how to do the same thing. So either you lose the cash to someone who GOT the videos, or you spend a little to insure that you can win some instead. Sounds good to me!

I'm making my teenage daughter watch them, so she'll know. Yup!
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YOU CAN DRINK A BEER THROUGH A TABLE:

Have your mark buy your beer.
Explain that you can drink the beer in a way that no one has seen before.
Place the beer on a table, then cover it with a large hat/paper bag/dead cat whatever.
Then proclaim "I CAN drink this beer without touching the hat!!"
Place your bets!!
Go underneath the table. Make lots of drinking slurping gulping sounds.
Come out from under the table.. BELCH real loud.
"Boy, that cold frosty beer was refreshing"
They look at you suspiscioulsy.
"What, you don't believe me? Go check the glass"
The mark unwittingly uncovers the glass of beer.
Once uncovered, simply take your (free) beer and drink it.
You have now drank your beer without touching the hat/paper bag/dead cat whatever.
Finish the beer.
Run like heck.
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Harry Anderson did this one on one of his specials years ago. He used Turk Pipkin as the Mark. It is great. Thanks for reminding me of it.

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Now that you mention it, I'm pretty sure he did it on "Cheers", too.
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You know, he did SO much good material on Cheers. The ones with him in them were the best ones!
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