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#1 Depends

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 04:58 PM

http://boston.cbsloc...arnival-game/2/



#2 Chip

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 05:06 PM

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#3 melissaphish

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 05:08 PM

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Gregg Smart's brother was a good friend of mine. That family went through fucking hell.



#4 Sensei Miller

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 05:46 PM

At least he got the one with dreads. 

 

I hope he gets his funds back, because I have a bridge I'd like to sell him...



#5 concert andy

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 05:48 PM

http://boston.cbsloc...arnival-game/2/

 

 

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Ah yes, my youth.  I worked as a carny huslting people like this when I was in college.  I did mini hoops, but the owner had one of these games.  I would always hear stories of someone dropping a few hundred bucks.  Or we would see them walk by with a super large stuffed animal.  Then we would go ask how much they spent for that.

 

Another fun thing we did, or not so funny depending.  One was the slap on the shoulder while encouraging them to play again.  Sunburns make the slap worse.

 

Some guys would chalk their hand, to mark the Mark with a slap on the shoulder, or "Larry" as we called them back in the day.

 

 

 

My location of said carny lifestule:  Wildwood boardwalk 92-96 by Morey's pier, or next to Sam's Pizza before the fire/rebuild.



#6 Chip

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 05:55 PM

I'd quit after I got my zepplin coke mirror.



#7 JBetty

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 06:10 PM

Ah yes, my youth.  I worked as a carny huslting people like this when I was in college.  I did mini hoops, but the owner had one of these games.  I would always hear stories of someone dropping a few hundred bucks.  Or we would see them walk by with a super large stuffed animal.  Then we would go ask how much they spent for that.

 

Another fun thing we did, or not so funny depending.  One was the slap on the shoulder while encouraging them to play again.  Sunburns make the slap worse.

 

Some guys would chalk their hand, to mark the Mark with a slap on the shoulder, or "Larry" as we called them back in the day.

 

 

 

My location of said carny lifestule:  Wildwood boardwalk 92-96 by Morey's pier, or next to Sam's Pizza before the fire/rebuild.

 

 

 

So how were the games rigged to let you win while practicing and then lose once you put the money down?



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 06:22 PM

That particular game is rigged.   You throw a ping pong ball into a basket.  They have dead ball and live balls.  a live ball will bounce outta the basket every time.  The dead ball will stay in the basket 90% of the time.   Guess which ones they give you for "practice"?



#9 Julius

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 06:23 PM

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I thought she was hot. For about 3 days. :lol: 



#10 concert andy

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 06:23 PM

So how were the games rigged to let you win while practicing and then lose once you put the money down?

 

 

Depends on the game.

 

The game I worked, mini hoops was legit.  You could almost fit 2 balls into the net.  And it was a perfect circle.  The trick to my game was making 3 in a row.  If you made three I would say something, like watch this guy, he is about to win, or something to add pressure to the shooter.  Many times people would make 3 in a row, but on average I got 12 bucks for a ball.  You had to make 3 in a row, or a total of 8 made baskets.

 

 

The game that was "rigged" was/is the softball toss.  It was not impossible, but to make two in a row, was almost impossible.  I think I did it once or twice while standing at the game chatting with a coworker or a worker at another owned stand.  I could randomly make one with no ball in the basket, but rarely ever two.  

 

 

The TRICK is having a ball in the basket already.  This tricks your brain into thinking I can make it.

 

How the game usually works is the game worker will show you how to do it, from their angle it is much easier.  They will either leave a ball in the basket and let you get the first one.  Then remove it and you miss then next one.  Or vice versa.  you miss the first one, then they "show" you how to do it and leave their ball in the basket.  You shoot, and make it.  

 

Ahhh, so close, you made 1.  Make both and you can have, they would point to the biggest prizes.  Play long enough, you will get a small prize, but the hook is the giant stuffed animal prize.



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 06:24 PM

That particular game is rigged.   You throw a ping pong ball into a basket.  They have dead ball and live balls.  a live ball will bounce outta the basket every time.  The dead ball will stay in the basket 90% of the time.   Guess which ones they give you for "practice"?

 

 

Before I worked down the shore I got hooked into this ping pong game, and lost about a 100$ bucks.  Oh well (I was 16).  



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 06:33 PM

The milk bottle stack is always rigged.  And the "grab a string"  is rigged also.

 

BTW, the chalk mark is how the term "Mark" came to mean a sucker.   

 

good stuff Andy.  



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 06:37 PM

;)

 

 

 

The trick to the throw a ring on the bottle is...

 

Throw 2 or more rings at a time.

 

 

 

The weight of the 1 or 2 on top of the base, actually push the bottom ring onto the bottle top.



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 06:41 PM

Fascinating stuff, Andy.  I've always been sorta interested in carnie shenanigans.  I was a ride operator in my high school days, and the games folks didn't mix with us too much. 



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 06:50 PM

Fascinating stuff, Andy.  I've always been sorta interested in carnie shenanigans.  I was a ride operator in my high school days, and the games folks didn't mix with us too much. 

 

 

They do not mix by design.  Different bosses imply they do not hang out with others, especially in the same industry.  Ultimately we do mix, because someone wants to or does sleep with someone else.  That is usally how I met other people down their in different specific summer jobs.

 

For example I rarely hung out with other carny's.  But I knew them all.  Would stop and talk to half of them, and the others, were to worried with making money every second of the day/

 

 

 

 

Because I was at the basketball game it had more traffic.  Many kids who worked at the pier would want a "free shot".  Eventually I would pick up on people who worked their and would not give them free shots.  But ultimately I ended up telling all peir workers,

 

they could have a ball IF

 

They got me a pass to the water park.

 

My last summer their I had 7 water park passes before I used them all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PS.  The best part of my old job down in Wildwood as a Carny.  My boss was an old school dead head.  I believe Scarfire bought a T Shirt from him in the Meadowlands parking lot before Further in fall of 2002 I think.  After I randomly ran into him at the show.



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 06:54 PM

The milk bottle stack is always rigged.  

 

 

How?



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 07:03 PM

AT least one of the bottom bottles is weighted.   For the demo throw, that bottle is on top.  When you throw, it's on the bottom.



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 07:05 PM



#19 concert andy

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 08:16 PM

Another game that was a big money maker, and some considered to big the biggest racket on the "boards", was the pop a balloon.

 

Not sure how or why, but this game raked in the dough.



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 09:50 PM

I'm thinking he should of prolly taken his $2600 (?) and just bought the Xbox he was hoping to win.  His story is really no different than the 1000's of people that go to casinos and piss away their money.....except ....he's talking about it instead of hiding in shame.