by Doug A
Last Update: 07 Dec 2007
The Three Shell Game is a very old swindle. The game seems simple
enough. A small green pea is placed under one of three walnut shells.
The shells are mixed up, and the spectator (sucker) simply has to pick
the shell that has the pea under it. From the spectator's point of
view, even a 1 in 3 chance should provide a winner now and then.
However, since the game is rigged, the spectator never wins (unless the
performer allows it to happen).
The Shells can be anything from genuine Walnut shells, to the
plastic and metal specially designed shells available today.
The Three Shell Game reference guide
lists many routines, videos, and props for the shell game.
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