SCAMS & PRANKS

These books expose and compile pranks, scams and attempts at revenge.

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  1. "Yellow Kid" Weil: The Autobiography of America's Master Swindler

    Yellow Kid Weil: The Autobiography of America's Master Swindler

    $18.00

    Bilked bankers, grifted gamblers, and swindled spinsters. Welcome to the world of confidence men. Learn More
  2. The Rector & The Rogue

    The Rector And The Rogue

    $18.00

    It began quietly enough one morning in February 1880, with a mutton-chopped Acme Safe Company salesman knocking on the door of Reverend Morgan Dix, the starchiest clergyman in Manhattan's most respectable church. Learn More
  3. The Glorious Deception

    The Glorious Deception

    $16.95

    In a biography woven from equal parts enchantment and mystery, Jim Steinmeyer unveils the secrets behind the most enigmatic performer in the history of stage magic, Chung Ling Soo, the 'Marvelous Chinese Conjurer' - a magician whose daring made his contemporary Houdini seem like the boy next door. Learn More
  4. The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions

    The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions: The Curious World of the DeMoulin Brothers and Their Fraternal Lodge Prank Machines - from Human Centipedes and Revolving Goats to Electric Carpets and Smoking Camels

    $15.95

    At the beginning of the twentieth century, 40 percent of American men belonged to a lodge, and they were hazing their newbies with cigar- smoking camels, spankers, and even fake guillotines. Nearly all their prank devices came from the same place: catalogs published by the DeMoulin Brothers Company from 1896 to 1930. Learn More
  5. Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society

    Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society

    $39.95

    This book will prove to be a template for pranksters, artists, adventurers and anyone interested in rampant creativity, for years to come. Tales Of The San Francisco Cacophony Society is a retelling in period images and words of the history of the most influential underground cabal that you have never heard of. Learn More
  6. Snake Oil

    Snake Oil: Life's Calculations, Misdirections, and Manipulations

    $12.95

    The gyp, hoodwink, shuck, sandbag: An artform that has been passed down through generations of hustlers, con men, and freaks. Learn More
  7. Schadenfreude

    Schadenfreude: The Little Book of Black Delights

    $14.95

    The shady details of our darkest schadenfreude pleasures, including "turparphilia"—to delight in the less than aesthetically beautiful nature of a friend's offspring. Learn More
  8. Scam: The First Four Issues

    Scam: The First Four Issues

    $16.00

    Scam was equal parts an introductory guide on how to get things for free and punk memoir. Learn More
  9. Out of the Night

    Out of the Night: The Memoir of Richard Julius Herman Krebs alias Jan Valtin

    $24.95

    A bestseller in 1941, selected by the Book of the Month Club for a special edition and described by Book of the Month Club News as: “. . . full of sensational revelations and interspersed with episodes of daring, of desperate conflict, of torture, and of ruthless conspiracy . . . It is, first of all, an autobiography the like of which has seldom been.” Learn More
  10. On Deception

    On Deception

    $12.95

    Throughout his life, the world’s most famous escapologist strove to expose the methods and tricks of illusionists and sham spiritualists. Learn More

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