Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Circus Star Reveals Secrets Of Snake Oil

LAS VEGAS (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There is some knowledge that can’t be learned from school – such as the secrets of snake oil salesmen.

However, circus owner Jim Rose is on a mission to educate people about the tricks used by con sharks, hucksters and pimps to snag your money with a new book, Snake Oil (Bartleby Press).

Some of the chapters discuss the secrets behind offbeat circus stunts and surefire ways to win bar bets but Rose also wanted to explain the mind control techniques most popular with pimps.

He says there’s a small section of humanity that is “very, very cruel” and he figures “being aware of psychological manipulation” can prevent you from being their prey.

Although Rose doesn’t advocate using the grifting techniques for evil purposes, he says there can be important social benefits from, say, knowing how to win free drinks in bars.

As he puts it, “bar bets help hone skills to take people down a path and, once you learn that, that path will end in gold.”

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