R Paul Wilson is a writer, director, producer, actor, expert on the art of deception and a world-renowned magician. As writer and presenter, Paul has pulled more scams on real people than anyone in history in his mission to inform and protect the public. Paul’s show “The Real Hustle” ran for eleven seasons on the BBC and was sold to over fifty countries. In “The Takedown” he formed a team of experts to cheat businesses and casinos using high-tech and old-school techniques before revealing their methods and explaining how to “protect the house” and for his two-hour special “Scammed” Paul re-invented an age-old scam and pulled several classic con games on real people, businesses and investors in Charleston, SC.
Paul is the author of The Art of the Con and has written countless articles on con games, consulted for high profile legal cases and advised both casinos and players on methods of deception. He was the senior consultant and producer on the hit BBC show “The Magicians”, designing and directing brand new illusions for a ground-breaking live Saturday night show with an audience of over seven million viewers. He has acted as consultant for numerous television shows and feature films, advising writers, producers, directors and actors about magic, con games and the inner workings of deception. As a magician, he performs around the world on stage and in private, intimate shows where he demonstrates cheating, magic and close-up miracles. Paul is considered to be one of the finest living exponents of sleight of hand and has created effects and material for many of the world’s best-known performers.
Call Them What You Want – They’re Con Men!
Persuasion, deception, psychological manipulation. Whatever you want to call it, criminals have learned that if you study human behavior and develop certain skills and techniques, you can exploit people for gain. In this wrap-up the day session, an “honest con man” and a “human hacker” talk to Willy about the evolution of scams. They’ll talk about the social engineering scams that hit the casino industry in 2023. How new technology is advancing the size and impact of these type of scams. What makes the new scams different then what we’ve seen before? What aspects of the scams are the same? What do we need to do to mitigate these new age con men?