Bunco Book
Gibson, Walter B
Citadel Press (1986)
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#2503
10*
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Paperback 0-8065-0990-2
USA  eng
Gibson, Walter B.: The Bunco Book
©1946 Published by Sydney H. Radner, Holyoke, Massachusetts, 1946. Softbound
Softcover, spiral-bound, 8.5x11", 96 pages
©1986 Published by Citadel Press
Softcover, 8.5x11", 115 pages
ISBN 0-8065-0990-2

Comments: "An amazing adventure into the methods of the Bunco man, from the Carnival Worker with his so-called games of chance, to the Sharpers, Confidence Man, and Schemers of the Get-Rich-Quick variety. A complete expose disigned as a protection against the unscrupulous." Note, there is a later reprint of this book by the Gambler's Book Club that abridges and updates the content, and splits it into two books including "Carnival Gaffs". This listing is for the original 1946 edition.

Contents (from book ToC):

4 The Gold-Brick Game
5 The Violin Fraud
6 Selling a Business
8 Sales Swindle
9 Panhandling De Luxe
11 Methods of "Short Changers"
13 Jam Auctions
16 Endless Chains
17 The Jewelry Swindle
18 Souvenir Schemes
19 Swinding Storekeepers
20 Finding a Diamond
22 Carnival Games
24 Spotting the Spot
25 The Famous Silver Arrow
26 The Country Store Wheel
28 The Devil's Bowling Alley
29 The Automatic Bowling Alley
30 The Three-Marble Roll Down
32 The Game of Hoop Tossing
33 Aunt Sarah's Clothes Line
34 The Famous Knife Rack
35 Cats on the Rack
36 The Tilting Roly-Poly
37 "Honest John"
39 The Baseball Rack
40 The Shell Game
42 The Hurdle Ladder
43 Carnival Roulette
44 The Cone and Baseball Swindle
45 The Cigarette Shooting Gallery
46 The Three-Pin Game
47 Ring a Watch
48 The Coin and the Tenpin
49 "Big Tom"
50 The Hand Striker
51 The Whirling Spindle
53 "Pop 'Em in the Bucket"
54 The String Game
55 The Miniature Race Course
56 Red, White and Blue
57 Throwing Darts
58 The Wheel of Chance
60 Color Combination
61 The Six-Ball Roll Down
62 The Standard Spindle
63 English Pool
64 The Tricky Tumbler
65 The Fish Pond
66 The Swinging Ball
67 Selling Soap
68 The Lucky Pocketbook
70 Facts About Roulette
73 Covered Roulette
74 Miniature Roulette
75 Covered Roulette
76 Facts on Punch Boards
78 Slot Machines
81 Cigar Counter Dice Games
82 Matching Coins
83 Crooked Dice
86 Marked Cards
89 Cards Marked in Manufacture
91 How Gamblers Win at Poker
93 Card Sharps Exposed
96 Put and Take
105 The Shooting Gallery
109 The Candy Wheel
111 Trick Shuffleboard
113 The Flashing Flag
Product Details
LoC Classification GV1547.G5175
Dewey 796.8
No. of Pages 115
Personal Details
Read It Yes
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf I
Condition Very Good
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Notes
Gibson, Walter Brown
(1897-1985)

Gibson, already interested in magic as a child, joined the Society of American Magicians at the age of 22. He knew a great many celebrated magicians personally,such as Thurston, Houdini, Blackstone, Dunninger, and Kreskin for whom he worked as a Ghost writer. He also wrote: The Complete Illustrated Book of Card Magic (1969), Popular Card Tricks (1972), Secrets of Magic (1973), New Magician's Manual (1975), The Book of Magic (1978), Walter Gibson's Big Book of Magic (1980), The Complete Illustrated Book of Divination and Prophecy.
More than just a magic writer, Gibson authored hundreds of other types of books and novels, including "The Shadow" (both in book form and in comic book form), novellettes about "Norgil the Magician," true crime stores for mystery and detective magazines.
Invented: Thumb Cuffs,
In 1971 The Academy of Magical Arts awarded Walter a Literary Fellowship. In 1979 he was awarded the Masters Fellowship.

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Walter B. Gibson bibliography
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This is a complete list of books by Walter B. Gibson published during his lifetime and after his death.

Contents
1 Magic
2 Occult
3 Games
4 Other
5 The Shadow
5.1 Novels
5.2 Short stories
6 Biff Brewster series

Magic
Houdini's Escapes
Houdini's Magic
Houdini's Fabulous Magic
The Book of Secrets
The World's Best Book of Magic
Professional Magic for Amateurs
Blackstone's Secrets of Magic
Blackstone's Modern Card Tricks
Thurston's 200 Tricks You Can Do (1926)
Thurston's 200 More Tricks You Can Do (1927)
Fooling the World (1928)
The Thurston Magic Lessons (1928)
The Official Know-It-All Guide Magic for Beginners: Your Absolute, Quintessential, All You Wanted to Know, Complete Guide, with Walter Gibson and Mike Shelley (2000)
The Bunco Book (1928)
The Magician's Manual (1933)
The New Magician's Manual (1936)
Magic Explained (1949)
What's New in Magic (1956)
The Original Houdini Scrapbook (1976)
Magic for Beginners (Fell's Official Know-It-All Guides)
Advanced Magic (Fell's Official Know-It-All Guides)
Walter Gibson's Big Book of Magic for All Ages
Magic With Science (1975)
Mastering Magic: 100 Secrets of the Great Magicians
Junior magic: Easy-to-learn tricks or magic made simple
Complete Illustrated Book of Card Magic
Professional Magic for Amateurs
The Great Houdini's Book of Magic Tricks, Puzzles and Stunts

Occult
The Complete Illustrated Book of the Psychic Sciences, a History, A Modern Survey, and How-to Instructions, Over 100 Illustrations, with Litzka R. Gibson
Complete Illustrated Book of The Psychic Sciences, with Litzka R. Gibson
Complete Illustrated Book of Divination & Prophecy, with Litzka R. Gibson
The Mystic and Occult Arts - A Guide to Their Use in Daily Living (by the author of The Shadow), with Litzka R. Gibson
Encyclopaedia of Prophecy, with Litzka R. Gibson
Science of Numerology or What Numbers Mean to You
Witchcraft: A History of the Black Art
Hypnotism through the ages
Hypnotism
The key to hypnotism
Dreams, Dreams, Dreams, Dreams, Dreams

Games
Backgammon (A 'Golden Hands' book)
Hoyle's modern encyclopedia of card games: rules of all the basic games and popular variations (1974)
Pinochle Is the Name of the Game (1975)
Poker is the Name of the Game
Poker: How to Play - How to Win
Hoyle's Simplified Guide to the Popular Card Games
Family Games America Plays
150 solitaire games

Other
Knots and How to Tie Them (1993)
Fell's Super Power Memory: A Fell's Official Know-It-All Guide, with Harry Lorayne
Rod Serling's Twilight Zone (1990 adaptation)
Rod Serling's Twilight Zone Revisited
Fell's guide to papercraft tricks, games, and puzzles
The Key to Space Travel
The Key to Astronomy

The Shadow Novels
The Living Shadow (1931)
Eyes of The Shadow (1931)
The Shadow Laughs (1931)
The Red Menace (1931)
Gangdom's Doom (1931)
The Death Tower (1932)
The Silent Seven (1932)
The Black Master (1932)
Mobsmen on the Spot (1932)
Hands in the Dark (1932)
Double Z (1932)
The Crime Cult (1932)
The Blackmail Ring (1932)
Hidden Death (1932)
Green Eyes (1932)
The Ghost Makers (1932)
The Five Chameleons (1932)
Dead Men Live (1932)
The Romanoff Jewels (1932)
Kings of Crime (1932)
Shadowed Millions (1933)
The Creeping Death (1933)
The Shadow's Shadow (1933)
Six Men of Evil (1933)
Fingers of Death (1933)
Murder Trail (1933)
The Silent Death (1933)
The Shadow's Justice (1933)
The Golden Grotto (1933)
The Death Giver (1933)
The Red Blot (1933)
The Ghost of the Manor (1933)
The Living Joss (1933)
The Silver Scourge (1933)
The Black Hush (1933)
The Isle of Doubt (1933)
The Grove of Doom (1933)
Master of Death (1933)
Road of Crime (1933)
The Death Triangle (1933)
The Killer (1933)
Mox (1933)
The Crime Clinic (1933)
Treasures of Death (1933)
The Embassy Murders (1934)
The Wealth Seeker (1934)
The Black Falcon (1934)
Gray Fist (1934)
The Circle of Death (1934)
The Green Box (1934)
The Cobra (1934)
Crime Circus (1934)
Tower of Death (1934)
Death Clew (1934)
The Key (1934)
The Crime Crypt (1934)
Charg, Monster (1934)
Chain of Death (1934)
The Crime Master (1934)
Gypsy Vengeance (1934)
Spoils of The Shadow (1934)
The Garaucan Swindle (1934)
Murder Marsh (1934)
The Death Sleep (1934)
The Chinese Disks (1934)
Doom on the Hill (1934)
The Unseen Killer (1934)
Cyro (1934)
The Four Signets (1935)
The Blue Sphinx (1935)
The Plot Master (1935)
The Dark Death (1935)
Crooks Go Straight (1935)
Bells of Doom (1935)
Lingo (1935)
The Triple Trail (1935)
The Golden Quest (1935)
The Third Skull (1935)
Murder Every House (1935)
The Condor (1935)
The Fate Joss (1935)
Atoms of Death (1935)
The Man from Scotland Yard (1935)
The Creeper (1935)
Mardi Gras Mystery (1935)
The London Crimes (1935)
The Ribbon Clues (1935)
The House That Vanished (1935)
The Chinese Tapestry (1935)
The Python (1935)
Zemba (1935)
The Case of Congressman Coyd (1935)
The Ghost Murders (1936)
Castle of Doom (1936)
Death Rides the Skyway (1936)
The North Woods Mystery (1936)
The Voodoo Master (1936)
The Third Shadow (1936)
The Salamanders (1936)
The Man from Shanghai (1936)
The Gray Ghost (1936)
City of Doom (1936)
The Crime Oracle (1936)
Murder Town (1936)
The Yellow Door (1936)
The Broken Napoleons (1936)
The Sledge-Hammer Crimes (1936)
Terror Island (1936)
The Golden Masks (1936)
Jibaro Death (1936)
City of Crime (1936)
Death by Proxy (1936)
The Strange Disappearance of Joe Cardona (1936)
The Seven Drops of Blood (1936)
Intimidation, Inc. (1936)
Vengeance Is Mine! (1937)
Loot of Death (1937)
Quetzel (1937)
Death Token (1937)
Murder House (1937)
Washington Crime (1937)
The Masked Headsman (1937)
Treasure Trail (1937)
Brothers of Doom (1937)
The Shadow's Rival (1937)
Crime, Insured (1937)
House of Silence (1937)
The Shadow Unmasks (1937)
The Yellow Band (1937)
Buried Evidence (1937)
The Radium Murders (1937)
The Keepers Gold (1937)
Death Turrets (1937)
Teeth of the Dragon (1937)
The Sealed Box (1937)
Racket Town (1937)
The Crystal Buddha (1938)
Hills of Death (1938)
The Murder Master (1938)
The Golden Pagoda (1938)
Face of Doom (1938)
Serpents of Siva (1938)
Cards of Death (1938)
The Hand (1938)
Voodoo Trail (1938)
The Rackets King (1938)
Murder for Sale (1938)
Death Jewels (1938)
The Green Hoods (1938)
Crime Over Boston (1938)
The Dead Who Lived (1938)
Vanished Treasure (1938)
The Voice (1938)
Chicago Crime (1938)
Shadow Over Alcatraz (1938)
Silver Skull (1939)
Crime Rides the Sea (1939)
Realm of Doom (1939)
The Lone Tiger (1939)
The Vindicator (1939)
Death Ship (1939)
Valley of Greed (1939)
The Three Brothers (1939)
Smugglers of Death (1939)
City of Shadows (1939)
Death from Nowhere (1939)
The Isle of Gold (1939)
Wizard of Crime (1939)
The Crime Ray (1939)
The Golden Master (1939)
Castle of Crime (1939)
The Masked Lady (1939)
Ships of Doom (1939)
City of Ghosts (1939)
Shiwan Khan Returns (1939)
House of Shadows (1939)
Death Premium (1940)
The Hooded Circle (1940)
The Getaway Ring (1940)
Voice of Death (1940)
The Invincible Shiwan Khan (1940)
The Veiled Prophet (1940)
The Spy Ring (1940)
Death in the Stars (1940)
Masters of Death (1940)
Scent of Death (1940)
Q (1940)
Gems of Doom (1940)
Crime at Seven Oaks (1940)
The Fifth Face (1940)
Crime County (1940)
The Wasp (1940)
Crime Over Miami (1940)
Xitli, God of Fire (1940)
The Shadow, The Hawk, and The Skull (1940)
Forgotten Gold (1941)
The Wasp Returns (1941)
The Chinese Primrose (1941)
Mansion of Crime (1941)
The Time Master (1941)
The House on the Ledge (1941)
The League of Death (1941)
Crime Under Cover (1941)
The Thunder King (1941)
The Star of Delhi (1941)
The Blur (1941)
The Shadow Meets the Mask (1941)
The Devil Master (1941)
Garden of Death (1941)
Dictator of Crime (1941)
The Blackmail King (1941)
Temple of Crime (1941)
Murder Mansion (1941)
Crime's Stronghold (1941)
Alibi Trail (1942)
The Book of Death (1942)
Death Diamonds (1942)
Vengeance Bay (1942)
Formula for Crime (1942)
Room of Doom (1942)
The Jade Dragon (1942)
The Northdale Mystery (1942)
Twins of Crime (1942)
The Devil's Feud (1942)
Five Ivory Boxes (1942)
Death About Town (1942)
Legacy of Death (1942)
Judge Lawless (1942)
The Vampire Murders (1942)
Clue for Clue (1942)
Trail of Vengeance (1942)
The Murdering Ghost (1942)
The Hydra (1942)
The Money Master (1942)
The Museum Murders (1943)
Death's Masquerade (1943)
The Devil Monsters (1943)
Wizard of Crime (1943)
The Black Dragon (1943)
The Robot Master (1943)
Murder Lake (1943)
Messenger of Death (1943)
House of Ghosts (1943)
King of the Black Market (1943)
The Muggers (1943)
Murder by Moonlight (1943)
The Crystal Skull (1944)
Syndicate of Death (1944)
Toll of Death (1944)
Crime Caravan (1944)
Freak Show Murders (1944)
Voodoo Death (1944)
Town of Hate (1944)
Death in the Crystal (1944)
The Chest of Chu-Chan (1944)
The Shadow Meets The Mask (1944)
Fountain of Death (1944)
No Time for Murder (1944)
Guardian of Death (1945)
Merry Mrs. MacBeth (1945)
Five Keys to Crime (1945)
Death has Gray Eyes (1945)
Tear-drops of Buddha (1945)
Three Stamps of Death (1945)
The Mask of Mephisto (1945)
Murder by Magic (1945)
The Taiwan Joss (1945)
A Quarter of Eight (1945)
The White Skulls (1945)
The Stars Promise Death (1945)
The Banshee Murders (1946)
Crime Out of Mind (1946)
Mother Goose Murders (1946)
Crime Over Casco (1946)
The Curse of Thoth (1946)
Alibi Trail (1946)
Malmordo (1946)
Jade Dragon (1948)
Dead Man's Chest (1948)
The Magigal's Mystery (1949)
The Black Circle (1949)
The Whispering Eyes (1949)
Return of The Shadow (1963)

Short stories
"Riddle of the Rangoon Ruby" (1979)
"Blackmail Bay" (1980)
[edit] Biff Brewster series
Brazilian Gold Mine Mystery (1960)
Mystery of the Mexican Treasure (1961)
Mystery of the Ambush in India (1962)
Egyptian Scarab Mystery (1963)
Mystery of the Alpine Pass (1965)