Former carnie Peter Fenton says practically every game on the midway is fixed in some way to ensure the carnie doesnt have to part with too many prizes.
For instance, the Basketball Throw usually has a hoop thats a little too small, and the ball is either over- or under-inflated so its 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 theres a good chance the bottom bottle in the Milk Bottle Throw is filled with lead so it doesnt 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 doesnt care if he guesses your weight or not, since the prize you win if hes wrong costs less than what it costs you to play.
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