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Scams, Schemes, and Scoundrels (1996)

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Credited cast:
Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mathew Affron ...
Bill Barlee ...
Barry Beyerstein ...
Himself (as Dr. Barry Beyerstein)
Soap Vendor (voice)
Daniel Cohen ...
Kirk Dickson ...
Announcer (voice)
Robert Hare ...
Himself (as Dr. Robert Hare)
Count Lustig / van Meegeren (voice)
Sam Jaffa ...
John Kilbracken ...
Himself (as Lord John Kilbracken)
Martin Laba ...
Himself (as Dr. Martin Laba)
Bob McCoy ...
Wim Pijbes ...
John Rennie ...


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A Fun History of Extravagant Scams
21 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Narrated by Uri Geller's nemesis and Harry Houdini cover act the Amazing (quite so) Randi... the doc takes a tour through some of the most bizarre accounts of successful con-artistry in the last 3 centuries. That dude who sold the Eiffel Tower (twice) despite not even owning it, rogue doctors hawking pseudo-medical woo machines and finally the genius of Joey Skaggs who uses scams to make a point about the gullibility of media journalists, and their dreamy wide-eyed audiences (us). I found it hilarious at times and also informative as a lecture on how not to get scammed, as well as, if you so desire, how to scam others. ;)

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