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BETCHA! How to Win Free Drinks for Life by Simon Lovell - Book

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Inside these pages Simon Lovell guides you through the hook, line and sink—everything you need to know about proposition betting. The go-to resource for all things bar bet-related, Betcha! will teach you how to think like a prop man, have fun doing it, and ultimately win free drinks. Ex-professional con man...
Inside these pages Simon Lovell guides you through the hook, line and sink—everything you need to know about proposition betting. The go-to resource for all things bar bet-related, Betcha! will teach you how to think like a prop man, have fun doing it, and ultimately win free drinks. Ex-professional con man Simon Lovell takes you on an amazing discovery of the hows and wherefores, revealing the tricks of the trade for: Math Bets, Whiskey Bets, Match Bets, Beer Bets, Cigarette Bets, Coin Bets, and much more!

"If you want to learn to lure them, lull them, and leverage the greed in their little hearts, then Mr. Lovell is a capable teacher and Betcha is a fun and valuable resource."
-John Wilson, Magic Magazine

"The part of this book that really caught my eye was Lovell’s emphasis on what we magicians would call the presentational aspects of each of these bets."
-Antonio M. Cabral, M-U-M Magazine

"It’s not much of a leap to take these ideas and use them to enhance your magic routines. Maybe you won’t use the bets to win a beer or a fiver, but you can use these to make your audience love you and ask for more. "
-Fred Rosenbaum, Linking Ring Magazine


By Thomas McShane – FBI retired
(Author of Stolen Masterpiece Tracker)

“G man beware of this C (Con) Man!” was the caveat that was an FBI mantra when I tried to tackle Simon Lovell! Of all the world’s con men, Simon Lovell was, for
many years, on the top of the G Man’s List. In my some 26 years as the number one FBI undercover Art Expert, Simon was always on the radar screen and my FBI career targeted this extremely gifted, talented, and prolific genius of the “Con” for years.

His evolution from Con to a Bon Vivant who has transformed himself from the Dark side to the good guy’s side is greeted with glee in his new opus. I’m also delighted that the transformation has allowed us to become great friends and we spend many a session swapping stories of those crazy days when he was like a ghost apparently able to, at will, evade the clutches of those like myself who were trying to track him down without success! Now that we are friends I can understand why. Under the consummate charm and humor lies an almost machine like ability to spot situations way ahead of time and to manipulate them to his advantage. It really is quite uncanny to see him in action.

Today, whether he is acting in brilliant movies like Hotel Genius or Misdirection’s, coaching and acting in the hit USA White Collar TV series or authoring another great book (21 total to date!), he truly is a Con Man’s Con.

This new book is an amazing journey into a world mixed with extraordinary bets, suspense, excitement, and all the talent Simon manages to muster to let us in on his many secrets. Like his Off-Broadway hit show, Strange and Unusual Hobbies, this new book is also a knock out and a must read. It is like the “Con Father” meets the “Godfather.” Follow Simon’s advice and you may never have to pay a bar tab again. Trust me I have never seen Simon pay for drinks unless he wanted to! I have to admit that I’ve even paid my more than my fair share of his bar bills myself; he really is that good!

Within these pages Simon shows you how to lure somebody into the games, how to keep everything safe and friendly, and how to become a fun person that everybody will be happy to pay the price for to learn a new trick or two. Just don’t try to go to mad and be like the old Simon. I’m sure you don’t want people like me breathing down your neck waving handcuffs and an arrest warrant! Just buy the book and have some fun with your family and friends.

Actually, buy two of this book because someone is sure to try to “Con” you out of one!

Thomas McShane
(FBI retired)


Acknowledgements … xiii
Introduction … xv
Front Words … xvii
So Just What Is a Proposition Man? … 1
The Golden Rules of Setting Up a Bet - Part One - Finding the Mark … 3
The Golden Rules of Setting Up a Bet - Part Two - Befriending the Mark … 5
The Golden Rules of Setting Up a Bet - Part Three - The Hook, The Line and The Sink … 8
The Cool Off … 13
Good Advice … 15
Ready to Bet? – Here’s The Real Work For You! … 17
Math Can Be Fun! … 18
Three (or even four) Drinks for a Dollar! … 21
A Knotty Problem with a Cigarette! … 24
A Quickie for $10! … 26
The Great Match Toss! … 28
Can You Follow Me? … 30
The Incredible Impossible Object! … 32
A Collection of Quickies – Part One! … 34
♦♦ Lucky Ole’ Lincoln … 34
♦♦ Ten Plus Four … 34
♦♦ The Escaping Olive … 35
♦♦ Holy Coin! … 36
♦♦ Holy Beer Can, Batman! … 36
♦♦ A Heady Hole! … 37
B-LIME-Y! … 39
Get The Wine in the Glass! … 41
Oopsy Doopsy! … 44
The Floating Paper Clip! … 46
Uncorked! … 48
Darts Drama! … 50
Whiskey and Water! … 52
Pepper Problem! … 54
Remy’s Beer Transpo! … 56
Watery Bill! … 58
A Collection of Quickies – Part Two! … 60
♦♦ Six Plus Five Quandary … 60
♦♦ Shot Surprise … 61
♦♦ Shots Away … 62
♦♦ The Classic Three-Glass Turn … 63
♦♦ An Icy Problem … 64
♦♦ Aqua-Match … 76
Circular Logic! … 66
Horse Race Fun … 68
Next Card I Turn! … 72
2 Cute Bets on the Pool Table! … 75
The Great Nine Times Fold! … 77
NIM … 79
The Infamous Game of 31! … 83
♦♦ Aces Twos Threes Fours Fives Sixes … 83
A Collection of Quickies – Part Three! … 88
♦♦ Tissue Tear … 88
♦♦ Escaping Bill … 88
♦♦ Another Escaping Bill … 88
♦♦ Acrobatic Glass … 91
♦♦ Triangular Matches … 91
♦♦ The Flying Olive … 92
♦♦ Curious Coins … 93
Corked! … 94
Dime Dilemma … 97
Birthday Boys and Girls! … 99
Gravity Versus Inertia! … 101
Hexagonal Hell! … 103
Grab and Snatch … 105
Drippy Dropping Knife! … 108
Burnt Fingers! … 110
Ten-Card Poker … 112
The Great Poker Sort Out! … 115
Face-Up Poker … 118
A Collection of Quickies – Part Four! … 120
♦♦ Counting Backwards … 120
♦♦ Wordsmith … 120
♦♦ An Eggy Problem … 121
♦♦ 10-Coin Pyramid … 122
♦♦ Coins in Glass … 123
♦♦ An Odd Number … 123
♦♦ Tightrope Walking Coin … 124
A Corky Conundrum! …125
The Flying Dime! … 127
Can Can! … 129
$1.50 for a Matchbook? … 131
Number Naming! … 133
Spoof! … 135
Impossible Drawing … 140
A Collection of Quickies – Part Five! … 143
♦♦ Puzzling Cigarette … 143
♦♦ Dominoes Dosh … 143
♦♦ Coin Tossing … 144
♦♦ Aces Wild … 145
♦♦ Court Cards … 145
♦♦ 1,000 Drops of Wine! … 146
♦♦ Over Full Stables … 146
♦♦ The Seven-Match Lift! … 147
♦♦ A Salty Sixty Seconds … 148
♦♦ Air to Air! … 148
Some Extra Odds Bets with Cards! … 150
♦♦ The Seven-Card Hustle … 150
♦♦ The Nine-Card Hustle … 151
♦♦ Elusive Queens … 151
♦♦ Twin Decks … 152
♦♦ Together Cards … 153
♦♦ Cutting for Chumps! … 153
♦♦ Three Lucky Piles! … 153
Fun with Matchboxes! … 155
Dollars for Pennies … 158
A Final Collection of Quickies! … 160
♦♦ Full Bottle Blow … 160
♦♦ Acrobatic Cork … 161
♦♦ Impossible Knot … 161
♦♦ 2 + 1 = 4 … 162
♦♦ Black Ball … 163
A Very Odd Object! … 164
The Last Bet – Pain For Gain! … 165
End Words … 167

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