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Started by GyratingTrampoline on Aug 13, 2019 4:05:04 PM
The cup & ball trick

It must be August because on the telly news they were running an undercover investigation about how people are doing the cup & ball trick to lighten the wallets of tourists

I'm not even sure this is against the law is it?

HouseOfLametta - 13 Aug 2019 16:05:51 (#1 of 37)

Cups balls.

frantastic - 13 Aug 2019 16:09:54 (#2 of 37)

How does anyone not know this is a con. I once saw a father with his family protesting that they'd been tricked. Well, as the americans say, duh!

Heckler - 13 Aug 2019 16:17:19 (#3 of 37)

Holy fuck, people still falling for world's oldest scam shocker.

The proper cup and balls (or indeed find the lady) scam is that there are a number of members working the crowd and nicking wallets from the smug wankers stood back going "ha, who'd fall for the world's oldest scam?".

All that said, cup and balls and find the lady, done well are thing of beauty to watch. Our future king got himself into the Magic Circle with a cups and balls routine, so if the whole monarch and head of the church of England thing doesn't work out he can always earn a few bob ripping off tourists in London.

Arjuna - 13 Aug 2019 16:18:32 (#4 of 37)

The Times has got a different angle

Rendered - 13 Aug 2019 16:21:13 (#5 of 37)


Heckler - 13 Aug 2019 16:24:49 (#6 of 37)

Now a 'three cup shuffle' would be something to see.

I see the Times has helpfully ruined the routine by providing a handy cut out and keep diagram on the method.

No doubt tuxedoed Magic Circle ninjas are piling into a van at this moment to track down and ritually execute the journalist and his family with a glittery guillotine that beheads them but leaves a carrot magically untouched.

Arjuna - 13 Aug 2019 16:25:42 (#7 of 37)

they are taking the jobs of British cup and ball swindlers

Heckler - 13 Aug 2019 16:26:40 (#8 of 37)

<Sad eyes of Debbie McGee>

Agaliarept - 13 Aug 2019 16:29:51 (#9 of 37)

<Sadder eyes of Debbie McGee's dog>

carterbrandon - 13 Aug 2019 16:31:20 (#10 of 37)

Two balls, one cup.

guigal - 13 Aug 2019 16:40:33 (#11 of 37)

There's one born every minute.

Cordelia - 13 Aug 2019 16:40:44 (#12 of 37)

Westminster Bridge has played host to these chaps to the point that anyone not interested in what's happening has had to walk in the road to get past the gullible mugs and smug wankers for at least a year.

I don't think it was a very difficult undercover filming assignment.

TRaney - 13 Aug 2019 16:46:54 (#13 of 37)

Two balls, one cup.

Or 'how CB got his equity card'

GyratingTrampoline - 13 Aug 2019 17:12:37 (#14 of 37)

I don't understand why they would all congregate on one bridge. Surely if you're towards the middle of a gauntlet of 14 scam artists working the same scam, your chances of attracting a victim would be less than if you found a different pitch?

bailliegillies - 13 Aug 2019 17:13:38 (#15 of 37)

Are they still playing that shell game? Mind being in London in the sixties and watching a spiv playing it down Soho, using three thimbles and a pea.

bignosebignose - 13 Aug 2019 20:34:54 (#16 of 37)

Surely if you're towards the middle of a gauntlet of 14 scam artists working the same scam, your chances of attracting a victim would be less than if you found a different pitch?

Maybe that's part of the psychology.... like having multiple bookies at a race course and multiple tables in a casino. Seems more like a real gambling thing rather than an outright con.

AlanII - 13 Aug 2019 20:42:13 (#17 of 37)

Doesn't it point to a lack of Policing?

indlovubill - 13 Aug 2019 20:44:01 (#18 of 37)

It's in Westminster so easier to keep all the scammers in one place.

browserbutton - 13 Aug 2019 20:59:14 (#19 of 37)

But they're all over the world, wherever gullible people are gathered.

DesEsseintes - 13 Aug 2019 21:23:00 (#20 of 37)

The Cooper Balls trick is very similar.

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