Simon Lovell is a guy who is a bit quarky, sometimes funny, and one heck of a card guy. He puts out his dvds through Magic Makers and somehow avoids all the controversy that derrives from being connected with that company. I personally don't care. I was first exposed to Simon through his 3 dvd Gambling set, which is an excellent source for 2nd deals, false cuts, fake shuffles, hopping da cut, bottom deals, etc.... Next, I was saw his "methods behind the madness" dvd and wasn't too impressed with the material, but I loved his character. I was highly delighted when I saw Simon Lovell's book "How to Cheat at Everything" for the mere price of, get ready, $18. (see bottom) This is a paperback reprint of his "Billion Dollar Bunko" hardback book which usually retailed for around $50. This book is a complete introduction into the world of scam artists, bar bets, rigged carnie games, street cons and hustles, gambling with cards, special moves with dice, and so on. Simon uses the character of "Freddy the Fox" to illustrate with stories different cons that have been used to make lots of money. Be warned though, this book is not an illustrated "how to" guide, complete with pictures showing how to do the certain sleights. Methods are roughly explained and might perhaps be missing a step or two just to throw you off if you do think you got what it takes to cheat people from their money ala Erdnase style. However, you will learn some nice bar bets and games that do have potential to get you free drinks and a couple of bucks. We do live in a world where people do and will cheat you. With this book you are given information how to be aware of such awful people and you will possibley learn a few things along the way too. As Simon says throughout the book, "Con men are not made, they are born." Just remember that. Simon Lovell How to Cheat at Everything 420 pages Best price on the web comes from penguin magic at $14.21. That is one heck of a deal for the information you will learn from this book. Add to Cart now!