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For Sale The Eiffel Tower When it comes to deception and trickery there was no man better at it than Victor Lustig He really was the king of the confidence men With forty-five known aliases the mastery of five different languages and nearly fifty arrests in the United States alone Lustig could swindle even the brightest of marks Lustig was born back in 1890 in Czechoslovakia to your basic middle class background At the age of nineteen a man slashed Lustig for paying just a wee bit too much attention to his girlfriend This left Lustig with a scar that ran from the tip of his left eye to the lobe of his left ear He was an excellent study in the promising fields of billiards poker and bridge and turned to the life of crime for which he would become infamous As a gambler Lustig took to the seas The cruises that constantly crossed that Atlantic were loaded with the rich And if rich people abound then you can be sure that the crooks are not far behind It was on one of these cruises at the beginning of the twentieth century that Lustig met up with professional gamblers like Nicky Arnstein who later gained fame for marrying Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice and learned the ropes World War I put a quick end to all Trans-Atlantic pleasure cruises and Lustigs career was brought to an instant halt He then decided to head for the United States just as the roaring 20s was about to unfold This was the time of the height of Prohibition and the ever-growing Stock Market It seemed as if everyone was getting rich and Lustig was there to take advantage of it Con 1 In 1922 Lustig went to Missouri and expressed great interest in a dilapidated old farm that a bank had repossessed No one wanted this farm but Lustig did
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