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Program covers con artists, the art of gambling

DeKALB – The DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., will host a presentation titled “Gambling: the Dazzling Art of the Con” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

John P. Hopkins will present a fascinating and often hysterical look at crooked card games, dice hustles, pick-pockets, prop bets and con games. He’ll give an inside peek at these scams with actual demonstrations. Through Hopkins, the audience will meet advantage players, dips and con artists such as George Devil (who worked the Mississippi Riverboats for more than 40 years), Elijah Skaggs, “Titanic Thompson” and Madame Mustache.

See the art of the “advantage” card player and the ace pickpocket. Get an inside look at some of the classic swindles such as “3 Card Monte,” “The Old Army Game” and “Short-Change Routines.” Find out the secrets of rigged carnival games and learn the truth behind the phrases, “You can’t cheat an honest man” and “There’s no such thing as a free lunch!”

This program is free and open to all. No registration is required. It will take place in the Yusunas Meeting Room. For information, contact Samantha at samanthah@dkpl.org or 815-756-9568, ext. 1701.

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