Ten Commandments for Con Men, by "Count" Victor Lustig (1936)
Noted con man Victor Lustig had twenty-five known aliases, spoke five languages, and was wanted by approximately forty-five law enforcement agencies worldwide for a plethora of crimes. These were his commandments.
- 1.Be a patient listener (it is this, not fast talking, that gets a con-man his coups).
- 2.Never look bored.
- 3.Wait for the other person to reveal any political opinions, then agree with them.
- 4.Let the other person reveal religious views, then have the same ones.
- 5.Hint at sex talk, but don't follow it up unless the other fellow shows a strong interest.
- 6.Never discuss illness, unless some special concern is shown.
- 7.Never pry into a person's personal circumstances (they'll tell you all eventually).
- 8.Never boast. Just let your importance be quietly obvious.
- 9.Never be untidy.
- 10.Never get drunk.