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What is the Bunco Booth?


A Bunco Booth is a mix between gambling, magic and sleight of hand. Have you ever witnessed a street hustler con their audience with games such as  ‘Find the Lady’, ‘Pricking the Garter’ or ‘The Cups and Balls’? Maybe, you have been unfortunate enough to lose your hard-earned money on such scams.

At the  Bunco Booth, its operator (Adam) will demonstrate barbets, trickery and magic on rotation. But don't worry no money will pass your hands as it's all for fun and entertainment.

Adam will stand behind his booth and your guests can approach when they wish.

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The basic game is played with a circle of some sort of material, typically belts or garters in the past, or loops of string or jewellery chains in modern times. It is placed on a table in such a way that it forms two open loops. The player, or mark, places their finger or stick in one of the loops.

If they choose the right one, when the sharper attempts to lift the chain it will wrap around the object and become "fast" and the player wins. If they choose the wrong one, it is not actually around the object and is "loose". 

Fast and Loose (con game)

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Find The Lady / Three Card Monte


Three-card Monte – also known as Find the Lady and Three-card Trick – is a confidence game in which the victims, or "marks", are tricked into betting a sum of money, on the assumption that they can find the "money card" among three face-down playing cards. It is very similar to the shell game except that cards are used instead of shells.[1]

The Cups And Balls

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The cups and balls is a performance of magic with innumerable adaptations. Street gambling variations performed by conmen were known as Bunco Booths.

 No one could be considered an accomplished magician until he had mastered the cups and balls. ( Harry Houdini)


The booth requires approximately a 3-metre square area to set up and one standard plug socket. Best suited for indoor events or undercover.

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