BAMBOOZLERS: The Book of Bankable Bar Betchas, Brain Bogglers, Belly Busters & Bewitchery- Volume Four:
I am the first-born son of Alvin Clarence Thomas, better known as Titanic Thompson. My father was a legend in the world of gambling. He was one of the most notorious proposition bettors that ever lived. His bets were epic like the time he wagered he could knock a golf ball an impossible distance and did so across a frozen lake. Story has it he even conned Al Capone. He beat the best at their own games whether it was golf, poker, pool, horseshoes, or shooting trap and skeet.
My dad left home when I was four and I grew up reading stories about him like Jim did. I met dad toward the end of his life. We bonded and became very close. Dad would have loved Jim’s books and Texas wit. My father performed many of the bets found in Bamboozlers. Diamond Jim’s mind works a lot like dad’s did and Jim provides many time-tested hustles in this book. However, Jim himself has never used his knowledge of swindles to con people out of their money.
For many years I was a card cheat like my father. For the last 25 years I have ministered the Gospel of Jesus Christ in prisons, jails and churches. I traded playing cards for the Bible when I realized there were only two winning hands and they were both nailed to a cross. Diamond Jim, who is also a Godly man, has been a good friend for years and I’ve personally witnessed him amaze people and leave them in awe. Somehow, he has managed to capture that fun in this series. Enjoy it. –Tommy Thomas