How it works:
- To win, you bet which one of three cups contain a ball (or three shells containing a pea; or three cards containing a queen), after they are switched around.
- There is a bunch of people here, who are all part of the same gang. One switches the cups, one plays the game, three to five act as onlookers, and one is on the lookout for police.
- They make it seem easy to play by having an accomplice win several times. When you play however, a sleight of hand trick is used to take the ball out at the last shuffle. It will then be placed under whichever cup you did not choose when opening it.
- Note that even as a spectator, accomplices may pick your pockets.
Places to beware:
- Brighton: Brighton Palace Pier
- London: Tower Bridge, Oxford Street, Westminster Bridge
What to do:
- Avoid, it’s impossible to win.