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I saw a magician name Gary Norsigian at the Midwest Magic Jubilee do a great three card monte using some old authentic street style patter. I can't recall one bit of it. Does anyone know were I can find patter like this?
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Your best bet is probably to check out the School for Scoundrels.
It was a good battle, and they nearly won.
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Or go out on the street. If it really was authentic, there isn't much patter in my experience.
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If you are looking for old-time patter, check out Sucker's Progress by Herbert Asbury. Asbury is the author of Gangs of New York, a much better book than movie. Thanks to the Scorsese movie, though, many of Asbury's excellent books on the early American demimonde are once again available. Sucker's Progress is a thorough history of gambling and grifting in the USA from the mid-nineteenth century until the early thirties. Asbury discusses many subjects, from the beginning of the numbers racket, to the development of three card monte, to famous cardsharps of the turn of the century.

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Also, Daryl has some good patter, including an old rhyme, on his Monte DVD (I think that rhyme is also in the School of Scoundrels book). Also, if you want a really great trick with story patter about 3 card monte, check out Gypsy Monte by Paul Wilson. It's done with Tarot cards and I really love it.
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