SCAMS & PRANKS

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

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  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. 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
  6. 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
  7. "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

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