Tuesday, July 11, 2006

How Carnival Games Are Fixed

EUGENE, Oregon (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Spending lots of money at a carnival trying to win a prize is no picnic – but the odds are against you, as well.

Former carnie Peter Fenton says practically every game on the midway is fixed in some way to ensure the carnie doesn’t have to part with too many prizes.

For instance, the Basketball Throw usually has a hoop that’s a little too small, and the ball is either over- or under-inflated so it’s bounce is off. Same with the Bushel Basket, except the carnie can also secretly tighten the tension on the basket so that the softball pops out easier.

Fenton also says there’s a good chance the bottom bottle in the Milk Bottle Throw is filled with lead so it doesn’t topple over very easily.

But there are some carnival games that are easier than others, such as the “Guess Your Weight Game.” Fenton says the carnie doesn’t care if he guesses your weight or not, since the prize you win if he’s wrong costs less than what it costs you to play.

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