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Grifter facts


The Lingo


Ace - bribing authorities to stay away


Button - phony police make a bust


Cannon - a pickpocket


Easy Mark - someone who likes to take chances, therefore making an ideal mark


Fish (or Greenhorn) - someone who is new in town and therefore is unfamiliar with their surroundings; makes an ideal mark


Green Goods - exchanging real money in exchange for near-perfect counterfeits


Red Inking - a double bluff where the con man threatens or tries to frighten off a mark in order to make them commit more to the scheme


Shill (or Plant) - a grifter who is used like an extra on a film or TV show - they pose as another customer to help convince the mark


Snake Oil - fake potion that is claimed to cure an illness


Stall - point in a con where the target is temporarily prevented from participating in order make them want to take part even more


Tear Up - a devise to instil trust - the target's cheque is torn up in front of them so they believe that the con man is trustworthy


The Wire - any operation pretending to have advance or inside information - normally used with betting on horse racing


Famous con artists


Yellow Kid Weil - a notorious American con artist of the late 19th century who started off working a 'Snake Oil' scam and then worked 'The Wire'.


He was one of the inspirations for the film The Sting.


'Count' Victor Ludwig - tried to con people into buying the Eiffel tower.


David Pecard - posed as an FBI agent and conducted several investigations. Also married six women.


Frank Abagnale - one of the youngest con men operating between the ages of 16 to 25. He managed to con people into believing he was an airline pilot, a lawyer and a doctor.


The film, Catch Me If You Can, was based on his life.


Gregor McGregor - Scottish con artist who conned people into investing in the fake island of Poyais.


Ten famous con films over the decades


1. The LadyKillers (1955) - starring Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers (remade in 2004 starring Tom Hanks)


2. Ocean's Eleven (1960) - starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr (remade in 2001 starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon)


3. The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) - starring Steve McQueen (remade in 1999 starring Pierce Brosnan)


4. Paper Moon (1973) - starring Ryan O'Neal


5. The Sting (1973) - starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman


6. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) - starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin


7. The Grifters (1990) - starring Jon Cusack, Angelica Houston and Annette Bening


8. Catch Me If You Can (2002) - starring Leonardo DiCaprio


9. Matchstick Men (2003) - starring Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell


10. Confidence (2003) - starring Edward Burns, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz and Andy Garcia


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